Migrating to the Cloud
What does ordering a coffee have to do with the Cloud
"A cup of coffee with milk, please." This is a simple order that leads to the conclusion of a purchase contract. At this point, most people will not be interested where the coffee beans came from, what kind of coffee machine was used, or how the milk froth was produced.
A similar thing applies when you purchase some complex machines. If you are buying a car, you ask about the extras, the fuel consumption and the colour, but nobody asks about the innumerable, underlying supply relationships or the highly complex production processes. Everybody assumes that the quality assurance measures work and thus expect a vehicle that works, too. It is useful that clear-cut product liability on the part of the seller automatically applies here, thus shifting the onus of risk off the purchaser's shoulders.
In the fairly young IT industry this has been different, and it still is in part. The details, technology, interfaces, memory and many other things are discussed, purchased, maintained and operated by the purchasers themselves.
It is precisely this that is now changing, much faster than IT itself has developed over the last 20 years. The Cloud has introduced a paradigm shift and therefore the way IT systems are created is changing, from individualised, small-scale manufacturing to industrial production. This book explains the processes.
The questions this book answers
First and foremost, what is the "Cloud"? What has it changed already, and what will it change in the future? What options, opportunities and risks does it expose and what do you need to consider in every case? What is changing in corporate organisation and how can one ensure quality?
Who this book is intended for
This book is intended for managers and business owners who need to think about Cloud services, who want to know more about them, but perhaps are not themselves specialists. Our aim is to empower the reader of this book, during a transatlantic flight, or during a single weekend, to identify and understand all of the relevant aspects to Cloud adoption, enabling them to formulate tangible questions for a specialist to answer, to make decisions, and propose guidelines for future action to management, IT management, lawyers and tax consultants.
How to read this book
This book is divided into several sections, each designed for a different purpose, making the various topics accessible to the reader at different levels of detail.
A "Trip into the Digital Future" gives the reader an initial insight into why the Cloud represents a paradigm shift, but one that may not be totally unfamiliar due to similar developments in other sectors.
A fictitious story: In order to give the reader easy and fast access to the topic of the "Cloud", the second part of this section offers a contemporary story, taken from business life, of a company in difficulty. A business owner facing major changes, needing to react to them and make decisions, and thus needing the answers to a large number of questions.
- Cloud Overview:
Readers with very little time will find a brief summary of all the relevant topics in less than 30 pages in the "Cloud Overview" chapter.
- Cloud Details:
The "Cloud Computing Details" chapter provides detailed answers to all relevant questions concerning the use of Cloud services. This is followed by understandably structured chapters which look at the Cloud from the following perspectives: Technology, security, law, taxes, business, organization, ecology. This is followed by four hands-on chapters designed to help with implementation: choosing a provider, certification of services for quality assurance reasons, tangible checklists and a number of case studies.
Cloud Webedition of this book:
Chapters with further details and special issues: Interested readers will discover additional chapters in the web edition that examine the individual topics in greater depth. These are to be found at: www.cloud-migration.eu
Who authored this book?
This book was created by a team of 50 specialists from 11 countries. The authors were lawyers, tax consultants, engineers, economists, IT consultants, and a number of other specialists who were responsible for multiple reviews and quality assurance. The EuroCloud organization also provided its know-how, quality assurance and professional advice throughout the project.
I would like to thank this excellent team who made the project a pleasure to be part of, the level of professionalism was impressive. At the back of this book, you will find a detailed list of the people involved in the project, along with their contact details for any related follow-up inquiries.
This book will be updated and additional contents will be added in a third edition which is due for publication in late 2013.