New Book: Embracing Cloud Computing: Moving ICT Services to the Cloud

Cover PageLast week I released my second e-book. It’s now available direct as an e-Book or for those of you that prefer the Kindle version, via Amazon.

The Gumroad version is eBook friendly so you can send it to any device, it will download a PDF.


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This book deals with the migration of ICT services to the Cloud. Potentially risky, costly, and time intensive given that each ICT system is an evolved eco-system that has been largely defined by the company that it services. It is defined by the life of the company, the developers, the changing business rules, the wider ICT eco-system that it exists in, the architecture, age, and a host of other factors that standard off-the-shelf back office software and the new breed of “Born in the Cloud” services.

The book is broken into various sections that will assist you with planning and migrating to Cloud. We start with the definition of Cloud services and the opportunity that the present for business. We look at how to select ICT Services for Cloud transition and the various types of ICT services that we will move along with high-level options for migration.

Then we look at all of the risks, roadblocks, and traps that Cloud presents before starting on readying our business and ICT organisation for Cloud along with a sample Risk & Assurance Model for Cloud. After that we look at the move to Cloud in more detail laying out a high-level project plan to move services and a brief Cloud reference architecture to assist with design.

To finish, we look at the future of Cloud from the perspective of three analysts and the author himself. We also look at how to build a Cloud Service Delivery Framework so that the business and ICT organisation have a foundation to operate and consume Cloud services into the future.

Cloud is a maturing ICT service across the globe that requires careful planning to avoid the minefields that exist in its uptake and deployment.
Through the last twenty years ICT services have tended to develop and evolve into one of three areas; standard off-the-shelf applications and infrastructure potentially heavily integrated into the enterprise, bespoke legacy systems that are often deployed on non-standard hardware, middleware, and software that are largely developed by the enterprise, and new ICT services that are pure “Born in the Cloud, having been born there and developed there as opposed to the enterprise.

The book focuses generally on enterprise scale companies. Those that are in excess of two hundred or more staff. These are companies that are most likely to have complex, bespoke, legacy systems, and larger ICT services.
This is a guide to moving any ICT service into Cloud or taking up a new service, regardless of the size of your company. It is written for any member of the ICT Organisation who wants a better understanding of the factors and processes of moving to Cloud services, from the CIO to the Service Desk.
The actual move of the ICT service to a Cloud environment is a small part of the overall process. The planning makes up the large part of the move. Investigation, design, process re-engineering, risk management, project management, education, business cases, handover to production, and other planning make up approximately eighty percent of the migration.

Cloud is disruptive. As well as the opportunity it presents, it also is a significant threat. As the large, global ICT providers move toward Cloud as the whole of their service offering, those who don’t plan a path to Cloud in the next few years will find that they are left behind.

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