Lack of Strategy Threatens Investments in the Cloud

Cloud is changing the IT industry and CIO's and Enterprise Architects should create a clear vision and strategy on how they can weave Cloud into their everyday IT. A structured Enterprise Architecture approach will help realize the short and long term benefits of Cloud.

Mar 09, 2011, 11:30 ET from Sogeti USA

DAYTON, Ohio, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new book from Sogeti, Seize the Cloud – A Manager's Guide to Success with Cloud Computing, the authors help evaporate the mist around the cloud. It serves as a guide through the business and Enterprise Architecture aspects of Cloud Computing. In a down-to-earth way, Cloud is woven into the reality of running an organization, managing IT and creating value with technology. Along the way, the concept of Business Technology is introduced as a new kind of interaction between business and IT. In addition, a new look at the economics of IT is described.

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"Addressing the Cloud in a non-structured way can cause more damage than benefits. An Enterprise Architecture approach is key to the success of any major Cloud initiative. The book has a positive note without turning evangelical or overly optimistic; it does not shy away from the barriers that could stand in the way of adoption," commented co-author Erik van Ommeren.

The conversation has turned away from pure technology and now focuses on the business side, the economics and the governance aspects of Cloud. There are still some challenging questions around Cloud, but nothing that discards the concept as a whole. For example, the question is no longer 'Is Cloud secure' but more 'Can I use this specific Cloud solution for my specific situation.'

As an important dose of reality, eleven cases can be found in between the chapter in which leading organizations share insights gained from their experience with Cloud.

"Everywhere you go, Cloud is a hot topic. But the need, from organizations all over the world, for a clear and pragmatic view on the subject is growing fast. That is the reason why we decided to write this book. It is high time we clear the mist around the Cloud so that the majority of organizations can start realizing the benefits of the many services available in the Cloud," said Erik van Ommeren.

Seize the Cloud – A Manager's Guide to Success with Cloud Computing is written by Sogeti authors Erik van Ommeren and Martin van den Berg in collaboration with key experts from IBM and Sogeti. The book is published by VINT, the Sogeti research institute.

The hardcover book or a digital version of the manuscript is available via Sogeti or A free pdf of the book, an e-book version, pictures and back-ground of the authors can be downloaded at The authors are available for speaking engagements around the content of the book.

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