A computer writer who knows the ins, outs and roundabouts of business invites business managers considering computerisation to reciprocate in learning about micros and micro systems.

This overview of business application software, electronic spreadsheets, networks and the like certainly envisages the managers in the thick of things. There are instructions on how to brief the programmer and on drawing up database systems, specifications, for which there's an appendix.

It's assumed that, armed with the right information, the go-ahead entrepreneur will have the ability to assess what the firm/department wants from micros.

As is usual with micro guides for the ignorant (euphemisticaly called 'the perplexed'), it is most useful when getting down to the nitty-gritty. The reader is introduced to specific word processors and packages with advice on what's popular and what isn't and why. Or you're kindly told not just what makes a good database, but why finding the right one might matter. The questions of whether to stick with big-name manufacturers and what to do about upgrading the equipment are considered, and there's advice on avoiding the mistakes of making false economies.

Also made clear in a no-nonsense sort of way is that you can't get away with just reading this book.

The care needed in getting a reputable consultant is stressed from the start.