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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (Sept. 29 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136009220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136009221
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 17.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Stephens on April 18 2010
Format: Paperback
This was a really good book: David S. Linthicum has a solid grasp of the subject, and it's right on target, comprehensive and packed with valuable information.

The book contains many diagrams that are crude but effective for CEOs and IT developers to get a clear comprehension of Cloud Computing/SOA implementation in medium to large enterprise-wide solutions. I like the way he has structured the book: It's very technology-oriented and many technologies are presented very well with path shown towards the future.

The book encourages IT to make the much-needed shift to cloud computing/SOA, increasing business agility/ability to change/adjust processes accordingly business needs instead having to deal with redeveloping whole systems.

This book is an excellent guide to this minefield of Cloud Computing/SOA implementation. The book covers a wide variety of concepts and techniques, putting them in context.

Mr. Linthicum uses a simple style to deliver his message, which makes the books acceptable to nontechnical people. I would have no problem to suggest this book to a CEO with a non-technical background.

The book guides readers with methodical approach for delivering solutions in the cloud, while also doing a great job explaining everything from the very basics to the more sophisticated topics.

For instance, data level method integration is skillfully explained in both word & picture. In fact, the author demonstrates a terrific abundance of skill & real world experience when explaining an idea via examples & diagrammed models.

The great value of this book is the overview of Cloud Computing/SOA implementation and its use as a mechanism to change/update information, in real-time, within and between businesses.

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Evolution of SOA Jan. 8 2010
By Mirko Savic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with Chazin's review even if it is a little harsh. This book should not be seen as an introduction to cloud computing. Depending on your needs you are better off with Hurwitz or Rhoton to get up to speed on the subject. Linthicum uses an unconventional and unnecessarily complex classification model that introduces more fragmentation into the cloud landscape. Don't get me wrong. The ecosystem is complex but other recent books explain the picture more coherently and cohesively.

Linthicum's strength comes from his many years of experience in SOA and application integration. If you have read his earlier books you will appreciate the way he takes his approach forward into the modern world. If you are new to Linthicum but want to understand how SOA fits into a cloud computing delivery model you will also enjoy this book.
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Disappointing Dec 23 2009
By David Chazin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is short on specifics of both Cloud Computing and SOA. It is certainly not a guide to either. Lots of buzz-words with few (or any) concrete examples. A few of the concepts are truly bizarre, like "testing as a service", "information as a service", and "process as a service". Also the treatment of key issues in cloud computing such as database access, file systems, and bulk data storage is so trivial as to be misleading. If you are looking to get educated on cloud computing, or how to map a SOA on to the cloud look somewhere else.
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The REAL insights are data and business value Aug. 5 2010
By John G. Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are a bunch of things about Linthicum's book that I like, but the top two are (1) that he addresses the question of business value of cloud computing head on in chapter 4, and (2) that he has a data-centric or data-first approach. From my perspective, the lack of focus on these two areas are the biggest reasons why many organizations, even after 5-10 years of applying SOA concepts, are still in the "trough of disillusionment". Cloud computing is a natural extension of SOA and if we want to avoid the trough and move directly to the "plateau of productivity", these two aspects should be top priorities.

I applaud David for tackling the issue of articulating the business value of esoteric concepts such as IT clouds (at least they might seem to be so from a non-techie perspective). If we can't don't do this, then IT really doesn't matter (as per Nicholas Carr). Furthermore, SOA always was about data - but it seems like pretty much everyone has been focusing on the "service" or "architecture" aspects and forgot that at the heart of information systems is information. Clouds have the same issues so I for one am thankful that David is helping to fuel the thinking that we need to deal with the data issues first and foremost.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A must read for all Enterprise Architects Feb. 22 2013
By WLC - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers the use of Service Oriented Architecture in the context of cloud computing. This covers key decision points needed to open the Enterprise by leveraging SaaS and PaaS. The readly available cloud based solutions are revolutionary and will disrupt and replace traditional company Data Centers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Master Book Jan. 9 2013
By Ahmed Ossama - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is your master to understand and arrange your knowledge & thoughts of cloud computing.
This book will give you the right information & will take you in the excellent way to be familiar with all the definitions of this technology.
I like this book very much.

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