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.
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. This book can also assist the CIO with cloud vendor selection, vendor contracts and service level agreements as it assists with a cloud implementation for all corporate departments. A cloud broker strategy will help to avoid the CIO from being left behind.
If you make a living as a Channel Reseller or Cloud Solution Company selling information technology products & services, then you know how difficult it is to sell into an environment that puts the purchaser at risk and will likely not reach a positive return on investment for an extended period of time. Selling into a marketplace that is constantly contracting and expanding is difficult. To dampen risks and complexity you clearly will want to understand the cloud marketplace.