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about the book

This invaluable guide addresses the Why, What, and How of enterprise cloud adoption by sharing a clear framework and proven best practices from Microsoft’s own experiences.


Cloud Computing is full of tremendous opportunity, but is also riddled with hype and confusion. Business and technology leaders know the cloud is essential, but lack clarity and experience. To the Cloud cuts through the noise and addresses the Why, What, and How of enterprise cloud adoption.

The book lays out a four-step framework leveraging the experiences and best practices of Microsoft’s own information technology (IT) group. It provides end-to-end business and technology guidance including how to analyze application portfolios to identify good cloud candidates, choose the right cloud models, think about architecture and security, and understand how shifting operations to the cloud affects budgeting and staffing.

The book is applicable to all cloud platforms and providers, and debunks myths in a clear and concise style (e.g., real clouds are more than just web hosting, virtualization, or the Internet rebranded). It takes a balanced approach, addressing concerns and hybrid adoption scenarios alike.

Based on the authors’ proven expertise working for Microsoft’s CIO on cloud migration and with cloud platform development teams, the book is supported by clear frameworks, graphics, tables, summaries, and checklists to provide a true practitioner’s guide to the cloud.

praise for the book

  • The cloud powers business solutions for building tomorrow’s enterprise and this book offers a simple, well-structured and high level process map for cloud adoption.

    Kris Gopalakrishnan, Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys Limited

  • Great book. What’s particularly impressive is the outline of steps Microsoft itself is taking in its move to the cloud. Do as I do is always more powerful than do as I say.

    Al Ries, Co-Author, War in the Boardroom

  • This book takes on enterprise cloud adoption to a level I’ve not seen before—made even more elegant with its structured framework and crisp approach.

    Anthony D. Christie, CMO, Level 3 Communications (Former CTO/CIO, Global Crossing)