Overview: 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.
This book accomplishes several objectives toward those objectives. First, it identifies how the current premise-based information technology delivery model is helped by a cloud-based delivery model. This is accomplished by outlining data collection costs, contrasting their equivalents to cloud price offerings and capabilities, and observing current and upcoming areas of need.
Why My book is different
The book leverages business strategy concepts to help corporate leaders, including but not limited to information technology executives, prepare to move their information technology operations into the cloud.
Beginning with a clearly defined cloud value proposition, this book highlights current information technology delivery and management issues found in today’s workforce. Several cloud use cases are presented that enable company decision makers to best deliver customer value, reduce operational costs, and increase revenue.
The book’s cloud transition journey continues as commonly used cost management methods or activity-based accounting protocols are introduced or further leveraged to guide information collection related to current operational costs, staff activities, and strategic services. This specialized information gathering will generate strategic knowledge for assessing opportunities of continued improvement and advancement, particularly in the cloud but also in the current data center arrangement.
After a brief outline of the cloud’s key characteristics, written for the strategist, the book then outlines five potential cloud transition scenarios or use cases. These use cases build upon the first two chapters – Chapter 1: Applying a Cost Management System to the Current Information Technology Environment; and Chapter 2: An Outline of the Key Areas of the Cloud – to create a cloud-sourcing strategy. The cloud marketplace is also assessed. (Do these chapter title references match the title references you subsequently use toward the end of this document? I could not find matching references.)