To the Cloud: Cloud Powering an Enterprise

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071792219
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/3/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 1,368,313
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue xi

Introduction xvii

1 Explore X

Understand the Cloud 1

Understand the Value Proposition 8

Chart the Cloud Landscape 12

Summary 14

2 Envision 17

Recognize the Case for Change 18

Drive a Shared Vision 20

Analyze Cloud Opportunities 24

Build the Business Case 31

Summary 34

3 Enable 35

Define Adoption Approach 35

Select Cloud Providers 41

Upgrade the Organization 46

Revamp Tools and Processes 51

Summary 54

4 Execute 57

Rethink Enterprise Architecture 57

Design Solutions for the Cloud 61

Implement and Integrate Solutions 70

Operate in the Cloud 74

Summary 78

Epilogue: Emerging Markets and the Cloud 81

Explosive Economic Growth 82

The Opportunity: Leapfrogging Legacy Technology 83

Case Studies 87

Emerging Market Challenges 93

Summary 94

Glossary 97

Index 105

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