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The Cloud Adoption Playbook

By : Moe Abdula, Ingo Averdunk, Roland Barcia, Kyle Brown, Ndu Emuchay
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The Cloud Adoption Playbook

By: Moe Abdula, Ingo Averdunk, Roland Barcia, Kyle Brown, Ndu Emuchay

Overview of this book

As cloud technologies continue to challenge the fundamental understanding of how businesses work, smart companies are moving quickly to adapt to a changing set of rules. Adopting the cloud requires a clear roadmap backed by use cases, grounded in practical real-world experience, to show the routes to successful adoption. The Cloud Adoption Playbook helps business and technology leaders in enterprise organizations sort through the options and make the best choices for accelerating cloud adoption and digital transformation. Written by a team of IBM technical executives with a wealth of real-world client experience, this book cuts through the hype, answers your questions, and helps you tailor your cloud adoption and digital transformation journey to the needs of your organization.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
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Innovation as a Business Driver

In Chapter 1, we covered the role of several business drivers in hastening cloud adoption. We stated that technology in general, and cloud specifically, are only a means to an end. The end needs to be defined in terms of a business or mission strategic intent, such as achieving the following:

  • Exceptional user experiences
  • Accelerated time to market
  • Higher service quality
  • Cost flexibility
  • Repeatability and flexibility
  • Safety, security, and compliance with regulations

Innovation can often be a business driver in itself. The business drivers are about improving your ability to deliver within existing contexts. New ideas, however, can disrupt industries and create new contexts in which to operate. Location-based technologies in mobile devices, for example, became the catalyst for the car-service industry. Now you can request a car from a car-service company with your mobile device and find out exactly where that car is and when it will arrive. Other examples...