Cloud is here and it is ready to be used. It is now one of the many concepts available to organize IT and it is here to stay. The conversation has turned away from pure technology and now it focuses on the business side, the economics and the governance aspects of Cloud. There are still some challenging questions around cloud, but nothing that discards the concept as a whole. For example, the question is no longer ‘Is Cloud Secure’ but more ‘Can I use this specific Cloud Solution for my specific situation’. And as soon as we become specific, the mist of the cloud evaporates: it becomes very clear that good concepts, services and solutions are within arms’ reach for everyone.
Seize the Cloud will serve as your guide through the business and enterprise architecture aspects of Cloud Computing. In nine chapters, and in a down-to-earth way, Cloud is woven into the reality of running an organization, managing IT and creating value with technology. Along the way, the concept of Business Technology is introduced as a new kind of interaction between business and IT. Also, a new look at the economics of IT is described. The book has a positive note without turning evangelical or overly optimistic: it does not shy away from the barriers that could stand in the way of adoption. As a final dose of reality, eleven cases can be found in between the chapter in which leading organizations share insights gained from their experience with Cloud.
The authors and contributors of this book have a proven track record on the topic and several have written prior books on Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, SOA, Infrastructure Architecture, Quality Assurance or Business Process analysis and design. The sponsoring organizations, IBM and Sogeti, have a strong business partnership and work together in serving clients using many innovative technologies, among which Cloud Computing plays an important role.
Autoren: Martin van den Berg, Erik van Ommeren