Is Your Company Ready for Cloud?

Is Your Company Ready for Cloud?

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The first-of-its-kind guide to making optimal, sustainable cloud adoption decisions for your enterprise. * *Shows how to optimize cloud adoption by aligning business and IT requirements, pain points, strengths, and inhibitors. *Includes practical examples that clarify when cloud computing makes sense. *Shows how to reduce risk and increase ROI by incorporating cloud services into existing enterprise architecture, and identifies architectural refinements to increase the cloud's value. This is the first complete guide to cloud decision-making for senior executives in both technology and non-technology roles. IBM Global Business Services Executive IT Architect Pamela K. Isom shows how to build on and extend existing Enterprise Architecture (EA) investments to maximize the value of the cloud. Drawing on her extensive experience working with enterprise clients to deliver high-value cloud solutions, Isom presents: * *Practical business cases, vignettes, and techniques to help both consumers and providers understand when cloud investments make sense. *Litmus tests and decision trees for guiding cloud decision making. *A clear explanation of why it's so important to reflect current Enterprise Architecture in cloud decision-making, and what happens when companies don't. *Proven methods for incorporating cloud considerations into existing EAs. *Guidance on identifying and prioritizing cloud enablement candidates and building adoption roadmaps. *Potential EA refinements that help drive more value from the cloud. *Illustrative examples of cloud deployments that minimize risk and optimize ROI Includes a foreword by IBM Fellow Kerrie Holley, co-inventor of Service- Oriented Modeling and Architecture (SOMA) and the Service Integration Maturity Model (SIMM).NOTE The relationship between UPS and Toshiba provides an example of partnering for business innovation. When someone sends in a Toshiba laptop for repair, the UPS company is actually responsible for the repairs although this is not aanbsp;...

Title:Is Your Company Ready for Cloud?
Author:Pamela K. Isom, Kerrie Holley
Publisher:IBM Press - 2012


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