Book Recommendations for Tech Specialists December 20, 2018 – Posted in: Book Review, Books, Feature, Thoughts – Tags: , ,

Technology field is certainly one of the rapidly evolving industries. What’s news last year may be obsolete today. But that doesn’t mean that history should be forgotten. On the contrary, the tech sector is ever evolving because it builds upon the shoulders of its predecessors.

Leading IT specialists from Bedrock IT emphasize the importance of understanding the history of this industry, its learned wisdom, and knowing the people who shaped it. A deeper appreciation of its past can help today’s tech specialists advance technology further. Building on the achievements of forerunners can lead to more meaningful technological innovations for the society.

In this post, we take a look at some must-reads for tech specialists. However, our list doesn’t include technology references and textbooks. Here we focus on books that document hard-earned wisdom, experiences, and visions, or chronicle the lives of tech giants.

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

By Satya Nadella, with Greg Shaw and Jill Tracie Nichols

This book recounts Satya Nadella’s stint as the CEO of Microsoft during an unfortunate time. It was in 2014 when the tech giant was struggling with low morale as it missed on mobile computing. Hit Refresh gives us a glimpse at how Nadella changed the culture and put the company back on track, as well as how it ventured into innovative technologies such as quantum computing, machine learning, mixed reality, and artificial intelligence. Overall, the narrative gives us a broader perspective on how technology can change society.

Steve Jobs

By Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs is definitely one of the biggest names in the tech world. In this biography of Apple’s co-founder, we learn about the life of this tech luminary. After forty interviews with Jobs and 100 interviews with people around him, we get to see a full picture of this man. The biography takes us back to where Jobs started until his untimely demise in 2011. There’s a lot to learn from the life of this legend that every tech specialist can find inspiration from.

Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage

By Nicholas Carr

Information technology is all around us. Every business and institution relies on IT solutions. A lot of people depend on IT. But what really is the importance of IT? This is the question that Carr asks in his book.

Does IT Matter is a thought-provoking book that challenges our preconception of the role that IT plays in the success of an enterprise. Nicholas Carr’s analysis of information technology is something that everyone in the tech world can gain wisdom from.

Showstopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft

By G. Pascal Zachary

Showstopper takes us back to when Windows NT 3.1 was launched and became the first ever 32-bit version of Windows. During its release, the Windows operating system was considered revolutionary because of a number of features that included innovative technological advances, processor-independent system, and a fully pre-emptive multi-tasking kernel. It further takes a look at how the pioneer operating system has changed the tech world forever.

Zachary weaves into a fascinating story the behind-the-scenes of how Windows OS came to be. It gives readers a glimpse of the day-to-day operations within Microsoft as they assemble the most complex and most advanced operating system for a computer at that time.

The Soul of a New Machine

By Tracy Kidder

Everyone knows about the cutthroat competition among tech companies but little do we know about the internal strife within the company. In this Tracy Kidder book, we get to see two rival groups of engineers within Data General Corporation as they develop a new minicomputer poised to compete with a product of its main competitor, Digital Equipment Corporation.


The Soul of a New Machine poignantly narrates the struggle and challenges of both teams. We also meet and delve deeper into the lives of a tech specialist Tom West. In the book, the team grapples with numerous challenges such as relying on novice, new college grad team members, using an untested technology and ensuring the compatibility of the new system with earlier models. Having earned the Pulitzer Prize, this novel is a worthwhile reading.

The Road Ahead

By Bill Gates

Published in two editions, 1995 and 1996, The Road Ahead relates Bill Gates’ perspectives on how personal computing and the Internet will revolutionize the future. It explores how technology would be transforming society. While this book may be old, it is still a must-read for tech specialists as it gives us insights about how Bill Gates steered Microsoft into becoming the tech giant that it is now.

There are many other great IT-related books you can find out there but you can start with these six recommendations. Hopefully, reading these books can further deepen your understanding and appreciation of the tech industry, as well as gain new perspectives and inspiration.

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