Over the past year I have been engaged in writing two books, Understanding IT: A Guide for Business Leaders, and Current Trends in Business Intelligence. My last update cited that I would be releasing both books in January's 2015, and I am pleased to announce that this date is still solid. However, there has been one very significant adjustment to my original plan: Current Trends will no longer be a stand-alone work.
As it stood, Current Trends was going to end up being a short work of approximately forty pages with a large number of pictures and diagrams, and I just did not feel comfortable releasing it as its own product. Simply put: I wasn't falling in love with where the book was going. As a result, I decided to scrap the forty page book and expand the topics covered in Understanding IT to also include data science fundamentals, the Information Technology Service Management framework, project management, and more case-studies in proper IT governance as it relates to first-time IT managers and small business owners.
It is my belief that, while it made sense to start the books as individual works, the combined manuscript will be more beneficial to the consumer while aligning more with my career goals (to obtain an ITIL and PMP certification) and producing a product in which I am more proud to claim ownership.
The process of combining the books was relatively easy, but the extra research load (namely reading through the libraries of ITSM and PMP) has proven to be a challenge. However, given that I have an 80% complete manuscript (already line-edited), I've also started approaching agents and publishers to give traditional publishing a fair shot before moving on to independent alternatives.