Leveraging the Cloud Marketplace to Mitigate Risks, Costs and Complexities

This book may be able to help the CIO change her role to that of a cloud broker, serving all corporate departments, suppliers and customers.  Developing a cloud managed service adds to the CIO’s portfolio. 

Transitioning the Enterprise to the Cloud: A Business Approach

Written by a practitioner for a practitioner, Transitioning The Enterprise to the Cloud: A Business Approach, focuses on identifying the costs, complexities, risks and benefits necessary to build a complete cloud sourcing strategy.


Ed Mahon

Author. Speaker. Cloud Specialist.

Through Ed’s #1 cloud book and consulting skills, Ed can help your business leverage the cloud. Ed is able to help you understand your current environment and contrast it to the cloud marketplace.



Ed Mahon is the author of the Amazon #1 release in cloud computing. His follow up work, “The Cloud: Increasing Risk, Cost and Complexity” is due out in early 2019.


From lecture halls to corporate training workshops to strategic planning sessions. Ed Mahon has engaged and informed teams on issues of transitioning to, and doing business in, a cloud-based environment.


After nearly two decades as an CIO, Ed Mahon can help your business transition smoothly to the cloud and operate efficiently in the future. 



Ed Mahon has been an expert in the cloud from its earliest forms in the industry.  After serving as a CIO for many years, Ed teaches the pitfalls and practical reality of moving to… and working in the cloud environment.  Best Selling Author, speaker, and consultant, Ed has helped numerous individuals and businesses understand their options and make the correct choices within the growing cloud-based environment.


Leveraging the Cloud Marketplace to Mitigate Risks, Costs and Complexities.

If you are a Chief Information Officer (CIO), you know transitioning to the cloud is a very large and risky project. Though your cloud strategy maybe part of your reference architecture, you may still continue to struggle to assess how the cloud actually fits into the larger corporate business model. Further, it is a daunting task to assess the cloud marketplace for vendors that are a good fit. Additionally, reducing operational costs during the cloud transition will be difficult especially if you have adopted a ‘cloud first’ mindset. Expenses will continue to grow in both the private data center and in the cloud.


Transitioning the Enterprise into the Cloud:
A Business Approach

A practitioner’s approach

North of $600,000 is spent annually on cloud computing. Yet, this is only a small portion of the total IT spend. Still, much work remains to complete the transition, as the cloud is recognized as a superior information technology service delivery model. A cloud transition, involving a move from a premise-based data center to an Internet-based, on-demand model, is complex, risky, and costly. Significant strategic planning and execution efforts lie ahead, as corporate leaders strive to deliver products and services while reducing their cost of operations.


Five Star Reviews

I talk to many senior technologists who need real-world recommendations rather than theoretical statements that aren’t practical. This book not only provides a fundamental framework for enterprises moving services to cloud but also fills in the practical details needed for assessment, cost analysis, delivery, deployment, and support. I especially like that it’s written by someone who has been in the trenches actually doing the work.

Ed brings a pragmatic process to evaluating technology for any leader looking to move their business to the cloud. The book includes detailed steps to assess when and where to use cloud based services. The book includes detailed tools which show exactly how to collect and organize to make a coherent assessment of the best places to apply cloud technology. The book is not just about the technology but about how your business can be optimized by using the right technology at the right time at the right cost. A great book not only for technology leaders but also for financial leaders when evaluating technology spend.

This is an excellent read! I am in Sales at an IT consulting systems integrator and this is a must “Field Book” for understanding enterprise cloud computing and all the complex elements in a net concise fashion, Great business case and ROI descriptions.

I highly recommend this book. It provides a great overview of Cloud technology, Cloud strategy and its impact on the enterprise and service delivery model. CIOs and IT Professionals will like its thorough review of sourcing strategies and cloud scenarios. The publisher provides guidance and questions to address on how to assess the enterprise’s current technology life cycle and its costs. As a business professional servicing IT Professionals, this book answered a lot of questions I had about different Cloud delivery models, how Cloud sourcing strategies significantly impact the IT Teams’ roles and responsibilities, the importance of creating thorough and detailed SLA’s , and making sure there is a Cloud exit strategy in place. There is also a nice glossary of terms.

Ed has hit a home run with this book. By defining the problems that many organizations face today, Ed simplifies “the cloud” and paints a clear picture of why the reader should care. He walks us through defining the different cloud delivery and deployment options, and provides tips for cost analysis and execution. Whether you are a leader in operations or a life-long technologist, this book provides a sound approach for analysis and deployment. .

Great insight. Comprehensive. Great use of activity based costing.


Alternative IT Sourcing Strategies: Six Views

Alternative IT Sourcing Strategies: Six Views

EDUCAUSE Review recently asked six CIOs to talk about alternative IT sourcing strategies and about whether they are, or aren’t, “doing it themselves”—providing technology services—at their institutions.
Cloud-sourcing. Outsourcing. Consortial sourcing. Institutional sourcing. Collaborative sourcing.

Antecedents of organizational engagement:

Antecedents of organizational engagement:

As organizational leaders worry about the appalling low percentage of people who feel engaged in their work, academics are trying to understand what causes an increase in engagement. We collected survey data from 231 team members from two organizations. We examined the impact of team members’ emotional intelligence (EI) and their perception of shared personal vision, shared positive mood, and perceived organizational support…

Cloud sourcing: Consolidate suppliers or go best of breed?

Cloud sourcing: Consolidate suppliers or go best of breed?

By John Dix Editor in Chief, Network World _____________ If you are going with public cloud services, there is a certain appeal to centralizing your apps with as few suppliers as possible to minimize the management overhead. But given the recent outages with Amazon...

Implementing an ERP on Time and on Budget: An Innovative, Inclusive Approach

Implementing an ERP on Time and on Budget: An Innovative, Inclusive Approach

This ECAR research bulletin provides an innovative and practical approach to implementing an institution-wide enterprise resource planning (ERP) both on time and on budget. It describes the principles applied at Kent State University from December 2005 through June 2008 while the institution implemented an ERP that included 10 modules from the SunGard’s Banner Unified Digital Campus along with 22 bolt-on applications and 24 integrations with legacy systems.

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