"Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise: A Step-by-Step Guide" by David Linthicum: InfoWorld's Cloud Computing blogger is also a noted expert on architectural practice, and he brings the two together in this book to help you adapt the best cloud practices for lasting value. Paperback: $44.99, Kindle: $28.79 | Get more details.
Career management books
InfoWorld's Advice Line blogger has decades of experience helping IT pros with their careers. He's written a series of books that encapsulate much of what he's learned over the years as a management consultant -- without the usual HR-speak.
"Leading IT: The Toughest Job in the World" by Bob Lewis: Paperback: $11.45 | Get more details.
"ManagementSpeak: What Managers Say, What They Mean" by Bob Lewis: Paperback: $9.95 | Get more details.
"Bare Bones Project Management: What You Can't Not Do" by Bob Lewis: Paperback: $8.95 | Get more details.
"Keep the Joint Running: A Manifesto for 21st Century Information Technology" by Bob Lewis: Paperback: $19.95 | Get more details.
IT management books
The other side of management from your own career is the management of your business. Many in IT leave that to the business people, but everyone at a company is part of the business. The books recommended here focus on effective business management and leadership skills -- just what (wannabe) IT leaders need to know to be viewed as not mere techies.
"Business Agility: Sustainable Prosperity in a Relentlessly Competitive World" by Michael Hugos: Agility isn't just being fast, it's being flexible and resilient. Companies have focused so long on efficiency and speed that they've put themselves at risk of not being able to adjust effectively when conditions change. This book will help you understand why agility is more important than speed or efficiency, and how to help your business make the right technology and management choices for an increasingly volatile business world. Hardcover: $29.95, Kindle: $16.47 | Get more details.