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Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Handbook

By : Sasa Kovacevic, Darren Dempsey
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Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Handbook

By: Sasa Kovacevic, Darren Dempsey

Overview of this book

You've heard about the benefits of the cloud and you want to get on board, but you’re not sure where to start, what services to use, or how to make sure your data is safe. Making the decision to move to the cloud can be daunting and it's easy to get overwhelmed, but if you're not careful, you can easily make mistakes that cost you time and money. Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Handbook is here to help. This guide will take you step-by-step through the process of making the switch to the Microsoft Azure cloud. You’ll learn everything from foundational cloud concepts and planning workload migration through to upskilling and organization transformation. As you advance, you’ll find out how to identify and align your business goals with the most suitable cloud technology options available. The chapters are designed in a way to enable you to plan for a smooth transition, while minimizing disruption to your day-to-day operations. You’ll also discover how the cloud can help drive innovation in your business or enable modern software development practices such as microservices and CI/CD. Throughout the chapters, you’ll see how decision makers can interact with other internal stakeholders to achieve success through the power of collaboration. By the end of this book, you’ll be more informed and less overwhelmed about moving your business to the cloud.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Part 1: The Why
Part 2: The Plan
Part 3: The Execution and Iteration

Who are you?

As any good editor or publisher will tell you, the success of any book hinges on the careful selection of the target audience. We’ve painstakingly chosen a goal for each and every section, recommendation, and suggestion outlined in this book. But wait, don’t worry! That’s where you come in. Simply engage your critical thinking skills and soak it all in. Piece of cake, right?

You hopefully take on one of these three personas, professionally:

  • An architect that is going to be leading their organization through an incredible and exciting change, through a digital transformation (warning: buzzwords).

Your job isn’t just to architect the platform, plan a landing zone, architect services that work together like clockwork, and ensure governance going forward – it is also to ensure everyone in the organization is pulling together toward the same goal: the cloud adoption and transformation of your business and even your industry.

You are new to this, and you are trying to find your way – and trying to avoid the common pitfalls of cloud adoption.

You will most likely read from start to finish, skipping only a few sections (for example, a section on migration if you and your organization have nothing to migrate). We’d love to hear from you!

  • An architect that has been through the journey of cloud adoption and – there isn’t an easy way of saying this – things haven’t gone to plan. In fact, they have gone terribly wrong, and oh, boy (or girl, or however you want us to address you – hard in a book where we can’t hear your replies), do you have stories to tell. Excellent. If you don’t put yourself out there and try and give it your best, you won’t fail – but you won’t succeed either. So, kudos for your bravery.

You aren’t new to this and as some say, “this isn’t your first rodeo. You have seen things that have worked and things that have failed. Sometimes you made things better and sometimes you were prevented from making meaningful change, but you must dust yourself off and get back in the saddle, partner.

You will most likely pick the most interesting chapter from the list and start reading there and you will be jumping back and forth muttering agreement or disagreement as you read. Either way, we’d love to hear from you!

  • A person in an organization that is going through the transformation process. You could be the CFO, a QA engineer, or any other role, all this equally applies to your role – some parts more than others, of course. There may be an architect who is leading the transformation and you either have huge respect for their vast technical cloud knowledge or the opposite – you see them struggling and want to help.

You are interested in learning but need guidance. What are the questions you should be asking? What are the areas you should be focusing on? Who are the people you should be talking to?

You will read this book and go online every once in a while, to learn more about a particular topic. That is to be commended and encouraged.

Either way, your role in this organizational transformation will become a lot clearer after reading this book once, and by the time you go back and read it again to remind yourself of all the great ideas, you should have a chance to implement some of the suggestions. We’d love to hear from you throughout your journey!

If you fit into one of these three personas (heck, even if you do not!), please – we would very much like to hear from you. Tell us how we did, so we can improve. Tell us whether you feel all your questions were answered or you have more questions. Tell us where we fell short and what you would like to learn more about! We’d also love to hear about your own journey, your experiences, your successes, and the troubles you encountered along the way.