on 2 April 2014
An outstanding book, one of the few that go beyond the technical viewpoint and address cloud also at a strategic and organizational level. The book draws on a plethora of empirical evidence and an insightful, well thought out analysis. Beginning with positioning the cloud within the content-centric era, it clarifies concepts and challenges arising by cloud both from a business and IT perspective. Among others, it captures the business changes, the new roles and the future of the IT department and addresses how senior business executives can make the most out the cloud. I found extremely fascinating the part of the book that discusses the great potential for innovation that cloud brings to organizations, not only at an IT operations level but also at a business process and market levels. Extremely valuable book to those who seek to clarify what’s behind the cloud buzzword, discover what cloud can offer and how it can reform the organization such that it is capable to respond to the challenges of the future. A must-read for anyone interest to navigating the evolving corporate technology landscape. The terminology used by the authors can be understood by both IT practitioners and corporate executives. Highly recommended.
on 3 January 2014
This is a well researched book very up to date and the authors discuss hugely relevant issues and provide very useful guidelines. I liked the timeline which goes back to the origins of corporate computing then takes us forward to 2025, placing cloud computing also in the context of five other technolologies that, together, will have massive impacts. Quite the best single source on the subject I have come across so far, especially as it is written from a range of perspectives, rather than just as a technical handbook. Highly recommended.