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Cloud Architect: Transform Technology and Organization

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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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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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A decision-based approach to cloud migration turns wishful thinking into a viable path to transformation.

Cloud computing is an amazing resource that can provide fully managed platforms, auto-optimizing and even auto-healing operations, per-second billing, pre-trained machine learning models, and globally distributed transactional data stores. So, it's no wonder that most enterprises are engaging in a cloud migration or cloud transformation, as it's often called. 

Migrating a whole enterprise to the cloud isn't as easy as pushing a button, though. Simply lifting and shifting legacy applications is unlikely to bring the anticipated benefits whereas re-architecting applications to run optimally in the cloud can be cost prohibitive. Enterprises thus need a more nuanced strategy than simply proclaiming "cloud first!"

Note: The print version of this book is available on Amazon

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A Decision-based Approach to Cloud Strategy

A strategy isn't something you can copy-paste from a recipe book or from another organization. Diverse starting points, objectives, and constraints imply different choices and trade-offs. In addition, a cloud strategy doesn't just consider technical change but also includes close alignment across business, organization, and technology.

Unfortunately, most books on cloud computing either stay at a very high level or are limited to specific vendors and products. This book closes this gap by questioning existing assumptions and presenting technology-neutral decision models ideally suited to defining and communicating a well-thought-out migration journey.

Contents

Based on real-life experience taking large organizations to the cloud, 30 Chapters focus on options, decisions, and trade-offs - the core elements of any strategy:

  • Part 1: Understanding the Cloud - Cloud is very different from traditional IT procurement, so you'll have to rethink the way your IT works.
  • Part 2: Organizing for the Cloud - Cloud impacts more than your tech landscape.
  • Part 3: Moving to the Cloud - There are many ways to the cloud; please choose wisely.
  • Part 4: Architecting the Cloud - Look beyond products and buzzwords for rational decision models.
  • Part 5: Building for the Cloud - Applications running on the cloud need to do their part, also.
  • Part 6: Embracing the Cloud - To reap the full benefits of cloud, you need to keep moving.

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