“Strategy is the difference between making a wish and making it come true.”
Most books on cloud computing either stay at a very high level, offer simplistic recipes, or dive deep into vendor-specific product details. This book helps you fill the very large space in between: aligning technology change with organizational transformation, making architectural decisions, and communicating trade-offs to diverse stakeholders. The book balances structured decision models with real-life anecdotes, both harvested from half a decade of defining and implementing cloud strategies for major organizations.
A Decision-Based Approach
Today’s enterprises need a more nuanced strategy than simply proclaiming “cloud first!” Just lifting and shifting legacy applications to the cloud is unlikely to bring the anticipated benefits whereas re-architecting applications to run optimally in the cloud would be cost prohibitive. Such a strategy isn’t something you can copy-paste from a recipe book or from another organization: you’ll have different starting points, objectives, and constraints.
This book shows you how to develop a cloud strategy for your context, based on a sequence of meaningful decisions—those that force conscious trade-offs.
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Why You’ll Like This Book
Harvested from half a decade of moving organizations to the cloud, this book presents a fresh take on cloud computing. Staying clear of product pitches and buzzwords, it takes a deeper look at both the architectural choices but also the organizational implications of adopting cloud. It helps IT leaders devise a cohesive strategy that utilizes an organization’s existing assets while also fundamentally transforming the way it looks at IT.
As a technology book that isn’t “technical”, Cloud Strategy engages both the reader’s interest and intellect through real-life anecdotes. Decision models and actionable Do’s and Don’ts provide CIOs, CTOs, IT leaders, and architects alike with a structured approach for their cloud journey.
Table of Contents
On over 300 pages, the book’s six major parts accompany you on your cloud journey via 33 chapters:
|Cloud Isn’t IT Procurement||It’s a lifestyle change.|
|Cloud-ready Organizations…||…think in the first derivate. And then cloud makes total sense.|
|Wishful Thinking Isn’t a Strategy||Wishes are free but rarely come true. You better set concrete goals and decide what you’re not doing.|
|Principles Connect Strategy and Decisions||Defining a cohesive set of principles is an important step in any strategy because it guides consistent decision making.|
|If You Don’t Know How To Drive…||…buying a faster car is the worst thing you can do. The same is true for many fancy IT tools and architectures.|
|Cloud Is Outsourcing||And outsourcing is always a big deal.|
|Cloud Turns Your Organization Sideways||From layers to end-to-end thinking.|
|Retain / Re-Skill / Replace / Retire||The four “R”s of migrating your workforce.|
|Don’t Hire a Digital Hitman||What ends in mayhem in the movies is unlikely to end well in IT.|
|Enterprise Architecture in the Cloud||Does Cloud need Enterprise Architecture? Hint: Yes.|
|So why exactly are you going to the cloud again?||There are many good reasons for moving to the cloud. But you must decide which ones you’re after.|
|No One Wants A Server||Driving cloud adoption from the infrastructure could be your first major mistake.|
|Don’t Run Software You Didn’t Build!||Running other people’s software is a pretty bad deal. Time to rethink your basic assumptions!|
|Don’t Build an Enterprise Non-Cloud!||Be careful not to throw the cloud baby out with the enterprise bathwater.|
|Cloud Migration: How Not to Get Lost||Migration is not a “business-as-usual” activity. Your team won’t have any habits for it like they have for regular sprints.|
|Cloud Migration per Pythagoras||Your high school trigonometry lessons come in handy when planning your migration strategy.|
|Value Is the Only Real Progress||The number of applications migrated is a dangerous proxy metric because your end customers won’t care.|
|Multicloud: You’ve Got Options||Time put some architectural thinking behind the biggest buzzword in the industry. A decision model comes to the rescue.|
|Hybrid Cloud||Enterprises can’t avoid hybrid cloud. Here are eight ways to slice.|
|The Cloud - Now on Your Premises||Dissecting hybrid cloud architecture choices and their trade-offs.|
|Don’t Get Locked Up Into Avoiding Lock-In||While it’s nice to have options, they don’t come for free.|
|The End of Multitenancy?||Cloud makes us revisit past architecture decisions.|
|Disposability: The New -ility||When it comes to servers, it’s better not to recycle.|
|The Application-Centric Cloud||A simple model helps us understand how to build a cloud that puts the application in the center.|
|What Do Containers Contain?||Metaphors are powerful because they help us reason about complex systems - As long as they hold. Let’s test the container metaphor.|
|Serverless = Worry Less?||If no one wants a server, serverless should be the way to go. But does it make all your worries go away?|
|Keep your FROSST||Cloud ready applications should exhibit FROSST - 6 essential capabilities for being loved by the cloud.|
|Infrastructure as actual Code||Modern automation is about more than infrastructure but most of it isn’t actually code.|
|Keep Calm and Operate On||Successful cloud applications embrace resilience, anti-fragility, and chaos. And thus become more stable.|
|Cloud Savings Have To Be Earned.||There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. Not even in cloud.|
|It’s Time To Increase Your “Run” Budget.||Cloud challenges the way your IT budget works.|
|Automation Isn’t About Efficiency.||IT grew big by automating existing processes to reduce labor cost. Cloud is different.|
|Beware the Supermarket Effect!||You know when you go to the market to get a jug of milk and pay 50 bucks? Cloud can be like that.|
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Cloud Strategy is also available in Korean