Lessons in Grid Computing: The System Is a Mirror

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Blending a compelling narrative, engaging short stories, and razor sharp observations, Lessons in Grid Computing: The System Is a Mirror draws on author Stuart Robbins's gift for storytelling and IT analysis to provide a groundbreaking approach to grid management theory. This breakthrough and inventive guide capably reveals his belief that IT systems are mirrors, reflecting the dynamics and dysfunction of the people who design, build, and manage our technology ecosystems.

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Overview

Blending a compelling narrative, engaging short stories, and razor sharp observations, Lessons in Grid Computing: The System Is a Mirror draws on author Stuart Robbins's gift for storytelling and IT analysis to provide a groundbreaking approach to grid management theory. This breakthrough and inventive guide capably reveals his belief that IT systems are mirrors, reflecting the dynamics and dysfunction of the people who design, build, and manage our technology ecosystems.

The greatest handicap observed in any technical organization, large or small, is the nearly universal inability of technologists to adequately explain themselves—to their executives, to their customers, even to their spouses. Emphasizing the management of not only the systems but the relationships between the people who build and support them, Lessons in Grid Computing bridges this communication gap by following believable protagonists on fictional, yet real-world, struggles to overcome the many technical and management challenges faced in business today.

By addressing how computer and social systems are conceptually intertwined, Robbins identifies the primary elements of grid computing in an accessible manner that allows readers to easily understand them and apply them within their own organizations and projects.

Each provocative IT theme—including layoffs, insubordination, virtualization, organizational architecture, complexity/simplicity, venture financing, identity, intellectual property, orchestration, innovation and more—is vividly embedded in a story that makes IT management come to life. Written for chief information officers, C-level executives, and IT professionals at every level of the industry, Lessons in Grid Computing demonstrates how we must change our management behavior when we adopt new technologies. Written for a wider audience, these stories provide an insider's glimpse of the daily lives of characters who happen to populate the world of IT, characters with frailties and insights, successes and tragedies, good days and days when they would rather have stayed in bed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471790105
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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