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The Why, What, and How of enterprise cloud adoption--a clear framework and proven best practices from Microsoft's own experience

"Great book. What's particularly impressive is the outline of steps Microsoft itself is taking in its move to the cloud. Do as I do is always more powerful than do as I say." -- Al Ries, Co-author, War in the Boardroom

"This book takes on enterprise cloud adoption to a level I've not seen before--made even more elegant with its structured framework and crisp approach." -- Anthony D. Christie, CMO, Level 3 Communications, Former CTO/CIO, Global Crossing

"A practical and timely guide that covers the entire journey to the cloud from an enterprise perspective including business, technology, and organizational impact." -- Bart Luijten, CIO Corporate Functions & Corporate Technology, Philips

"To the Cloud is recommended reading for any CXO who wants to understand the cloud--what it means, what it can do for their business, and more importantly, how to implement it in their organization. The authors have done an excellent job clearly explaining a complex topic, which will surely help this book's readers readily embrace the many benefits the cloud can provide." -- Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International

"The cloud powers business solutions for building tomorrow's enterprise and this book offers a simple, well-structured, and high-level process map for cloud adoption."-- Kris Gopalakrishnan, Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys Limited

"To the Cloud is a boon for CEOs evaluating the information technology needs of an organization. The easy-to-understand tone, tables, charts, and visuals allows non-techies to grasp concepts and decide how the cloud can benefit an organization--going a long way in helping a CEO decipher the language of the CIO!" -- Rajesh Dalal, Former CEO, Johnson & Johnson Medical India

"To the Cloud is a practical and timely primer, clarifying the concepts and many paths to the cloud. The cloud will elevate IT to a new plane--one which is transformational and plug-and-play--and the authors paint a vision of how it can help realize long-elusive IT productivity gains. Simply put, To the Cloud brings cloud computing down to earth." -- Ravi Kastia, Global Head, Aditya Birla Group

Cloud computing is full of tremendous opportunity, but is also riddled with hype and confusion. Business and technology leaders know the cloud is essential, but they lack clarity and experience. To the Cloud cuts through the noise and addresses the Why, What, and How of enterprise cloud adoption. This unique guide lays out a four-step framework, leveraging the experience and best practices of Microsoft’s own IT group. The book delivers end-to-end business and technology guidance, describing how to analyze application portfolios to identify good cloud candidates, choose the right cloud models, consider architecture and security, and understand how shifting operations to the cloud affects budgeting and staffing.

Applicable to all cloud platforms and providers, this practical resource debunks myths, revealing that real clouds are more than just web hosting, virtualization, or the Internet itself rebranded. It takes a balanced approach, addressing concerns and hybrid adoption scenarios alike. Based on the authors’ proven expertise working for Microsoft’s CIO on cloud migration and with cloud platform development teams, the book is supported by clear frameworks, graphics, tables, summaries, and checklists to provide a true practitioner’s guide to the cloud.

To the Cloud helps you:

  • Explore cloud computing to understand its promise and challenges
  • Envision how cloud computing can transform your organization
  • Enable your organization with the necessary resources and skills
  • Execute the design, development, and operation of cloud workloads

To the Cloud is essential for IT professionals seeking to lower total cost of ownership, improve the return on IT investment of existing services, and help the business bring new products to market more quickly.

Biographie de l'auteur

Pankaj Arora is a Senior Manager in the Microsoft IT Global Strategic Initiatives team. A thought leader on cloud computing, he has been integral in developing the enterprise business case for Microsoft IT, defining the internal cloud adoption strategy, and partnering with the Windows Azure team on platform readiness and competitive analysis. Pankaj was the technical lead for the first migration of a Microsoft IT application to Azure, and he also launched an initiative to move critical assets to the cloud.

Raj Biyani is the Managing Director for Microsoft IT (India) and the Global Strategic Initiatives organization. Microsoft IT (India) is Microsoft’s largest IT operation outside of corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Raj has demonstrated an ability to see opportunities early and generate executive support for initiatives to capitalize on those opportunities. Prior to joining Microsoft IT, he led the envisioning and successful creation of the Windows Marketplace, an electronic software delivery platform for Microsoft.

Salil Dave is a Senior Director in the Microsoft IT Global Strategic Initiatives team. In his 25-year career, he has covered a range of industries and roles, including a decade at Microsoft, 6 years at supply chain software pioneer i2 Technologies, and 5 years at the Indian Revenue Service. Salil has a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and an MPA from Harvard University.

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13 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good non-technical introduction to cloud adoption 28 janvier 2012
Par Erik Gfesser - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The authors of this text rightly explain in their introduction that the path to cloud adoption is bound to be different for every firm. Because much of what is provided here is based on Microsoft IT's own experience with cloud adoption, and most of the software that Microsoft IT consumes is built in-house, the authors point out that they recognize their enterprise is unique, so they chose to focus on concepts rather than specific technologies when guiding the reader through the cloud adoption learning process. While the reader should readily recognize that this is a Microsoft text because the foreward was written by Microsoft CIO Tony Scott, what the authors present here is for the most part product agnostic. And since they share as case studies what they have accomplished as Microsoft IT, it should be no surprise to readers that Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Azure are periodically mentioned.

The material presented here is broken down into four parts: (1) Explore, (2) Envision, (3) Enable, and (4) Execute. After first discussing the cloud computing paradigm, and the value proposition that it offers, the authors provide practical advice for developing a business case and building consensus with key stakeholders once there is momentum in making a move toward the cloud. The following focus then shifts to various adoption approaches, and a number of topics surrounding cloud execution. Having also just recently completed a reading of "The Cloud at Your Service: The When, How, and Why of Enterprise Cloud Computing" by Jothy Rosenberg and Arthur Mateos (see my review), another high-level introduction to cloud computing that follows a similar line of presentation, as a consultant who works with technical and non-technical stakeholders I see the need for these two texts to share the same shelf space, with this other work catering to a technical audience.

In my opinion, what Arora, Biyani, and Dave provide here is akin to an expanded white paper, due to its format and sub-100 page length, perfect for mid-air reading. One aspect of this text that I especially appreciate is the well executed style of diagrams reminiscent of Harvard Business School Press offerings, which always provide ideas as to how the material might best be presented visually to a non-technical audience. Judging from the frequency and location of dog ears that I left behind after my reading of this book, I found the first half of what the authors present to be material to which I will return, with the parts on Explore and Envision especially well done. The section on "demand patterns", for example, in which the authors describe application usage patterns used to determine best fit based on analyzing user demand and usage patterns, as well as workload characteristics, although brief, was surprisingly not covered as a topic in the earlier work. Well executed. Recommended especially for non-technical management.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Surprisingly Good Read 26 février 2012
Par Andy Zhang - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Perhaps you have noticed there are so many titles on cloud computing. This book, however, has exceeded my expectations on the following areas: how to adopt cloud computing inside your organization using step-by-step approach, the key elements of successful design and implement solutions for the cloud, and how emerging markets can gain competitiveness with cloud computing. The book is packed with practical knowledge and useful insights. Highly recommended for readers are seriously considering cloud computing. The authors did a great job for such a small book.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent framework for understanding what's involved in moving "to the cloud"... 20 mars 2012
Par Thomas Duff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Working in IT, I don't go a day without hearing something about "The Cloud". Either people want you to move to it, stay away from it, or don't have a clue as to what it actually means. Couple that with all the vendor hype and jargon, and I quickly find that most discussions end up with both parties using the same words while meaning completely different things. To the Cloud: Cloud Powering an Enterprise by Pankaj Arora, Raj Biyani, and Salil Dave was recently sent to me for review, and I think I've found a good option for clearing up much of the confusion when the cloud discussion heats up. This book is short, concise, readable, and is well positioned as an introductory exposure to what "moving to the cloud" actually means.

Explore: Understand the Cloud; Understand the Value Proposition; Chart the Cloud Landscape; Summary
Envision: Recognize the Case for Change; Drive a Shared Vision; Analyze Cloud Opportunities; Build the Business Case; Summary
Enable: Define Adoption Approach; Select Cloud Providers; Upgrade the Organization; Revamp Tools and Processes; Summary
Execute: Rethink Enterprise Architecture; Design Solutions for the Cloud; Implement and Integrate Solutions; Operate in the Cloud; Summary
Epilogue - Emerging Markets and the Cloud: Explosive Economic Growth; The Opportunity - Leapfrogging Legacy Technology; Case Studies; Emerging Market Challenges; Summary

I wasn't kidding when I said short and concise, as the book is only 119 pages. Even so, it packs more information in those pages than some books twice the size (or more!) The authors all work for Microsoft, but I was pleasantly surprised that the book does not read as an advertisement for all things branded with the MS logo. The information is largely vendor-agnostic, and only occasionally mentions specific solutions when appropriate (and even then covers both MS and non-MS options). As such, I would feel comfortable recommending this without fear of looking like a marketing shill for any one vendor.

The Explore chapter does an excellent job in breaking down what is meant by "the cloud", as well as what it might mean in particular cases. A vendor might offer to move you to the cloud, but all they are doing is providing a hardware infrastructure for you. You still have to manage the operating system, upgrades, and the applications that run on them. Others might offer you a full platform, which means they'll take care of the hardware and the operating system provisioning, but you still have to write and maintain the applications you run on their resources. The complete cloud solution is when you start using a software offering completely hosted and managed by the vendor. You simply use the software without regard to hardware, operating system, or application maintenance. Other than minor configuration choices, the vendor takes care of everything. Even knowing these basic classifications can cut down greatly on false expectations and wasted time and money.

The remaining chapters guide you through the choices, decisions, and steps you need to consider if you want to successfully migrate some portion of your business to cloud-based computing. Seeing the process laid out in this clear and concise fashion is incredibly valuable, as it sets the correct expectations as to how much work is involved, as well as what you can expect to gain (or potentially lose) by such a migration. Granted, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of detailed questions, concerns, and issues that have to be dealt with along the way. But To The Cloud provides the solid framework to get from on-premises computing to a solution where you focus on the business instead of simply keeping the lights on.

To The Cloud should be required reading for your team if you're starting to consider migrating some part of your IT operation "to the cloud". The two or three hours spent reading this book up-front may well save many months and considerable dollars that would otherwise be spent spinning your wheels trying to get started.

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6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A look inside Microsoft's adoption of Windows Azure 21 mars 2012
Par David Chappell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
It's not surprising that Microsoft strives to be its own best customer, deploying the latest Microsoft technologies in its own IT organization. It's a little more surprising to see the people who are doing this write a book about their experiences using Windows Azure. Even though the authors surely had better access to the Azure product team than would the average customer, it's still really interesting to read their perspective. It's also good to see that Microsoft is serious about getting the benefits that cloud platforms can provide. Anybody interested in adopting cloud platforms for enterprise applications needs to read this book.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Cloud has arrived. 29 février 2012
Par Nuk - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Cloud computing has arrived with all the major players like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, at the forefront to name a few.

The book is not very long but very methodical and concise in its approach using a four-step framework. The main push is how to implement cloud and how to benefit from cloud in your company. Cloud is also economical and flexible as it can adapt more quickly to changes in demands. Some mention of the BLOB, Microsoft Azure and Sandbox along the way.

Security is also discussed as a huge concern in cloud computing, and a step-by-step procedure was laid out to help build a sound and more secure infrastructure from the beginning.

The book is collaboration of some of the top leaders of Microsoft in cloud technology.
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