Enterprise Cloud Computing: A Strategy Guide for Business and Technology Leaders

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We are witnessing the third seismic shift in information technology over the past fifty years. In the beginning it was centralized computing where mainframe computers gave companies economies of scale in handling their data processing. Then it was client-server computing driven by networks and PCs that gave companies new sources of efficiency. Now we are witnessing the emergence of a third computing model and it will have a huge impact on business, -- especially in today's economy full of unexpected change. As with the first two computing models as they emerged, we may not be totally sure what it is or how it will change the rules of business and create new winners and losers in the marketplace. It s called Cloud Computing and the economic and innovation implications are game changing. No one needs to know more about the business implications of Cloud Computing than C-level executives responsible for the future of their organizations, for the wow isn t just about technology, it s about the promise of on-demand business innovation. But even more than understanding this new wave, they need to act, and act now. Written by industry veterans with a combined leadership experience of over 100 years at the intersection of business and technology, Enterprise Cloud Computing provides strategic insights, describes the breakout business models and offers the planning and implementation guidance business and technology leaders need to chart their course ahead. This is the companion book to "Dot.Cloud: The 21st Century Business Platform."

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ANDY MULHOLLAND is the Global Chief Technology Officer of the Capgemini Group. An early pioneer in PC/Network technology, Andy's focus on Information Technology, as opposed to traditional Computing, brought him international recognition for Internet-based technology. Andy drew on his wealth of knowledge of Web 2.0 and Service Oriented Architecture technologies to coauthor the book "Mashup Corporations" and a sequel, "Mesh Collaboration." Andy's role of Global CTO includes advising the Capgemini Group management board on all aspects of technology-driven market changes. Andy serves on the technology advisory boards of several organizations, including Cal IT, (the Californian State Technology Board), and has served as a director of various Indus-try boards including the Open Mobile Alliance, and the MIT Supply Chain Group, both working on approaches and standards for aspects of the Mobility and Sensors market. He is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Director of the Open Group, the main forum for introducing Services-based business approaches. Andy regularly gives keynote speeches at major industry events including Oracle OpenWorld, SAP Sapphire, Gartner Symposium, World Customs Organization Conference, GE Research Symposium and Forrester Emerging Technologies Summit.

JON PYKE has over 30 years experience in the field of software engineering and product development. During his career he has worked for a number of software and hardware companies as well as user organizations. Jon is one of the most influential figures in the Business Process Management (BPM) sector. As CTO of Staffware plc (now Tibco) for over 12 years, he can truly claim to be one of the founders of BPM as a means to implement a process improvement culture in business. He was personally responsible for defining many of the key software metaphors that enable BPM to work, and as Chair of the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC), he has also overseen the development of standards. As one of BPMs great thinkers, he has written and published a number of articles on the subject of Office Automation, BPM and Workflow Technology. Jon Coauthored a book covering both technical and business aspects of BPM, "Mastering Your Organization's Processes." Jon demonstrates an exceptional blend of business and people management skills; a technician with a highly developed sense of where technologies fit and how they should be utilized. Jon is a globally recognized industry figure, an exceptional public speaker and a seasoned company executive.

PETER FINGAR, Executive Partner in the business strategy firm, Greystone Group, is one of the industry s noted experts on business process management, and a practitioner with over thirty years of hands-on experience at the intersection of business and technology. Equally comfortable in the boardroom, the computer room or the classroom, Peter has taught graduate computing studies in the U.S. and abroad. He has held management, technical and advisory positions with GTE Data Services, American Software and Computer Services, Saudi Aramco, EC Cubed, the Technical Resource Connection division of Perot Systems and IBM Global Services. He developed technology transition plans for clients served by these companies, including GE, American Express, MasterCard and American Airlines-Sabre. In addition to numerous articles and professional papers, he is an author of nine landmark books including "Dot.Cloud: The 21st Century Business Platform" and "Business Process Management: The Third Wave." Peter has delivered keynote talks and papers to professional conferences in America, Austria, Australia, Canada, China, The Netherlands, South Africa, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Germany, Britain, Italy and France.

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