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Architects don't just recite product names and features. They understand the options, decisions, and trade-offs behind them. They earn credibility and maintain authenticity by connecting the penthouse with the engine room. Get two essential books that redefine the role of the software and IT architect at one low price:

  • 37 Things One Architect knows About IT Transformation teaches you how to rethink your role as architect and connect technology strategy with organizational changes.
  • Cloud Strategy - An Architect Elevator Guide to Successful Cloud Migration applies gives you a new perspective on cloud computing to help you define and execute a successful cloud strategy.
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    • Software Architecture
    • Computers and Programming
    • Digital Transformation
    • Enterprise Architecture
    • Business and IT Alignment
    • Cloud Computing

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37 Things One Architect Knows About IT Transformation

A Chief Architect's Journey
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Note: This book has evolved into The Software Architect Elevator, which contains 5 new chapters and many edits. It's available from Amazon and the O'Reilly Learning Platform.

The Changing Role of IT

Many large enterprises are feeling pressure from the rapid digitalization of the world: digital disruptors attack unexpectedly with brand-new business models; the "FaceBook generation" has dramatically different user expectations; and a whole slew of new technologies has become available to everyone with a credit card. This is tough stuff for enterprises that have been, and still are, very successful, but are built around traditional technology and organizational structures. "Turning the tanker", as the need to transform is often described, has become a board room-level topic in many traditional enterprises. Not as easily done as said.

The Changing Role of Architects

Chief IT Architects and CTOs play a key role in such a digital transformation endeavor. They combine the technical, communication, and organizational skill to understand how a tech stack refresh can actually benefit the business, what "being agile" and "DevOps" really mean, and what technology infrastructure is needed to assure quality while moving faster. Their job is not an easy one, though: they must maneuver in an organization where IT is often still seen as a cost center, where operations means "run" as opposed to "change", and where middle-aged middle-management has become cozy neither understanding the business strategy nor the underlying technology. It's no surprise then that IT architects have become some of the most sought-after IT professionals around the globe.

What You Will Learn

This book supports IT architects with the skills necessary to become effective not just in systems architecture, but also in shaping and driving the necessary transformation of large-scale IT departments. In today’s world, technical and organizational transformation have become inseparable. Organized into 37 episodes, this book explains:

  • The role and qualities of an architect in a large enterprise
  • Architecture at enterprise scale
  • Communicating to a variety of stakeholders
  • Understanding organizational structures and systems
  • Transforming traditional organizations
Alexandre Lopes
Matthew Rawlings
Einar Landre

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Cloud Strategy

A Decision-Based Approach to Successful Cloud Migration
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Most books on cloud computing want to tell you that you should become “digital” or ”agile”, or dwell on product details that are prone to be outdated by the time you read them. This book fills the giant gap in between. It’ll help you ask the right questions to define a strategy based on meaningful decisions. It’ll also help you unravel existing assumptions to realize the full potential of the new technology. And it demystifies modern technology without dumbing it down.

The book condenses my experience developing and implementing cloud strategies for large organizations into an easy-to-read but insightful format that covers IT strategy, architecture, financials, and organizational changes.

A Decision-based Approach to Cloud Strategy

You can’t copy-paste a strategy from a recipe book or from another organization. Diverse starting points, objectives, and constraints imply different choices and trade-offs. Also, a cloud strategy must include close alignment across business, organization, and technology. This book questions existing assumptions ("Why run software you didn't build?") and presents technology-neutral decision models ("8 ways to slice the hybrid cloud") ideally suited to defining and communicating a well-thought-out migration journey.

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Based on the author's extensive experience taking large organizations to the cloud, 33 Chapters highlight options, decisions, and trade-offs - the core elements of any strategy. These mental models come to life through real-life anecdotes and examples:

  • Understanding the Cloud - Cloud is not a mere technology upgrade.
  • Organizing for the Cloud - To get the most out of the cloud, you’ll turn your organization sideways. 
  • Moving to the Cloud - Many roads lead to Rome, but some go faster than others. Choose wisely.
  • Architecting the Cloud - Multi, hybrid, portable, multi-tenant, and disposable? Stay clear of buzzwords and embrace rational decision models.
  • Building for the Cloud - Cloud applications are more than containers and serverless. Also, IaC is a misnomer.
  • Budgeting the Cloud - Cloud can significantly reduce your operational costs—if you leave existing assumptions behind.

This book will be your trusted advisor for your cloud journey. It applies the mindset of “The Software Architect Elevator” (my prior book) to cloud computing.

Reader Feedback

This book currently enjoys a 4.7 star rating on Goodreads. Thanks go to all early readers who made the book better by providing feedback during the writing process.

Victor Chircu
Wu Xia
Henry Suryawirawan

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