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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

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introducing…the Cloud, talks about how you will find this book helpful. It covers the structure guide, learning objectives, and assumptions. You will be introduced to foundational cloud concepts, key Azure services for workloads, app dev, and governance (an introduction to the Well-Architected Framework). It will briefly review Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and application platforms such as Heroku.

Chapter 2, Adopting a Strategy for Success, helps you understand adoption scenarios for enterprises (predominately business IT with large existing investments), start-ups (greenfields with little to migrate), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform/modern application development (could be a start-up or a unit of a larger enterprise), and common pitfalls (anti-patterns).

Chapter 3, Framing Your Adoption, discusses the Cloud Adoption Framework problem statement (the need), walks through the adoption phases, and looks at alternative approaches (anti-patterns). You will review technology and people readiness, learn how to identify the known unknowns (gaps), and start to understand how disruptive cloud adoption will be.

Chapter 4, Migrating Workloads, discusses building a portfolio/inventory of workloads, reviews Azure migration services, and helps you learn how to assess different options and select the best in line with your strategy.

Chapter 5, Becoming Cloud Native, helps you understand how the cloud enables modern development practices such as microservices and continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD). It explores opportunities to drive innovation within the organization through greater flexibility, openness, and agility.

Chapter 6, Transforming Your Organization, assesses existing accountability lines across the organization, defines the target state (roles and responsibilities and teams), identifies required skills and learning paths, and redefines key performance indicators (KPIs).

Chapter 7, Creating a New Operating Model, talks about the beginning of the transformation and shows the path toward the new cloud operating model.

Chapter 8, Architecting Your Cloud, delivers a walk-through of the Well-Architected Framework, covering each pillar in detail, including both the technology and culture dimensions.

Chapter 9, Closing Thoughts, contains conclusions, a wrap-up, and further reading recommendations.