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Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise: A Step-by-Step Guide [Paperback]

David S. Linthicum
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Sept. 29 2009 Addison-Wesley Information Technology Series
 “In this book, David Linthicum does that rarest of things: he manages to combine showing why SOA and Cloud Computing complement one another with a lucid game plan of how a business can take advantage of the synergies between them in concrete ways that will contribute to the bottom line.”
—Jeremy Geelan
Conference Chair, Cloud Computing Conference and Expo series
Sr. VP, SYS-CON Media and Events

Massive, disruptive change is coming to IT as Software as a Service (SaaS), SOA, mashups, Web 2.0, and cloud computing truly come of age. Now, one of the world’s leading IT innovators explains what it all means—coherently, thoroughly, and authoritatively.

Writing for IT executives, architects, and developers alike, world-renowned expert David S. Linthicum explains why the days of managing IT organizations as private fortresses will rapidly disappear as IT inevitably becomes a global community. He demonstrates how to run IT when critical elements of customer, product, and business data and processes extend far beyond the firewall—and how to use all that information to deliver real-time answers about everything from an individual customer’s credit to the location of a specific cargo container.

Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise offers a clear-eyed assessment of the challenges associated with this new world—and offers a step-by-step program for getting there with maximum return on investment and minimum risk. Using multiple examples, Linthicum:
  • Reviews the powerful cost, value, and risk-related drivers behind the move to cloud computing—and explains why the shift will accelerate
  • Explains the technical underpinnings, supporting technologies, and best-practice methods you’ll need to make the transition
  • Helps you objectively assess the promise of SaaS, Web 2.0, and SOA for your organization, quantify value, and make the business case
  • Walks you through evaluating your existing IT infrastructure and finding your most cost-effective, safest path to the “cloud”
  • Shows how to choose the right candidate data, services, and processes for your cloud computing initiatives
  • Guides you through building disruptive infrastructure and next-generation process platforms
  • Helps you bring effective, high-value governance to the clouds
If you’re ready to begin driving real competitive advantage from cloud computing, this book is the start-to-finish roadmap you need to make it happen.

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Praise for Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise
“Cloud computing is a hot topic today in business circles for its potential to transform IT service delivery and galvanize service-oriented architecture. David Linthicum is one of the foremost authorities in the strategic application of technology to business, and this book is required reading for those looking to reap the rewards of cloud computing in the enterprise.”
—Dion Hinchcliffe
Enterprise Web 2.0 Expert and ZDNet blogger,
President/CTO of Hinchcliffe & Company

“In this book, David Linthicum does that rarest of things: He manages to combine showing why SOA and cloud computing complement one another with a lucid game plan of how a business can take advantage of the synergies between them in concrete ways that will contribute to the bottom line.”
—Jeremy Geelan
Conference Chair, Cloud Computing Conference and Expo Series,
Senior Vice President, SYS-CON Media & Events

“This book cuts through all of the hype and confusion of cloud computing and brings us back to the basics of architecture. Finally, someone wrote a book that is not just about semantics but instead guides us through a methodical approach for delivering solutions in the cloud. I highly recommend this book!”
—Mike Kavis
Chief Technology Officer of MDot,
Vice President and Director of Social Technologies for CAEAP

“David Linthicum has a talent for explaining how technology issues impact business decisions and strategy. Linthicum never gives you just another technical discussion about the latest tech fad. Instead, he explains the technology and the relevant business issues that both business and IT audiences need to understand before investing in cloud computing.”
—Loraine Lawson
Award-winning journalist and blogger for IT Business Edge

“As cloud computing stokes the embers of the SOA hype, practitioners can count on pragmatic and opportunistic advice from Dave Linthicum. Cloud computing brings time-to-value to SOA by leveraging other people’s work. In this excellent guide book, Dave shares a step-by-step plan for organizations to determine which of their services, information, and processes are good candidates to reside in, and come from, the clouds.”
—Brenda M. Michelson
Principal, Elemental Links

About the Author

David S. Linthicum (Dave) knows cloud computing and service-oriented architecture (SOA). He is an internationally recognized industry expert and thought leader and the author and coauthor of thirteen books on computing, including the best-selling Enterprise Application Integration (Addison-Wesley). Dave keynotes at many leading technology conferences on cloud computing, SOA, Web 2.0, and enterprise architecture, and he has appeared on a number of television and radio shows as a computing expert. He is a blogger for InfoWorld, Intelligent Enterprise, and, covering SOA and enterprise computing topics. Dave also has columns in Government Computer News, Cloud Computing Journal, SOA Journal, and Align Journal, and is the editor of Virtualization Journal.

In his career, Dave has formed or enhanced many of the ideas behind modern distributed computing, including enterprise application integration, B2B application integration, and SOA, all of which are approaches and technologies in wide use today. For the last ten years, Dave has focused on the technology and strategies around cloud computing and how to make cloud computing work for the modern enterprise. This includes work with several cloud computing startups.

Dave’s industry experience includes tenure as CTO and CEO of several successful software companies and upper-level management positions in Fortune 100 companies. In addition, he was an associate professor of computer science for eight years and continues to lecture at major technical colleges and universities, including the University of Virginia, Arizona State University, and the University of Wisconsin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Evolution of SOA Jan. 8 2010
By Mirko Savic - Published on
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Dec 23 2009
By David Chazin - Published on
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL insights are data and business value Aug. 5 2010
By John G. Schmidt - Published on
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source for non-IT executives to understand cloud computing Jan. 9 2010
By IT Savvy CFO - Published on
I would implore C-Level executives who are not IT or cloud computing savvy, but want to get a fundamental yet comprehensive overview of enterprise cloud computing, to read this book. It is an easy read, This book gives you a good road map and the content is easily understood. It does not matter if you are a CEO or a student; the take away is an insightful understanding of Cloud Computing in general and for the Enterprise in particular. I was impressed at the depth of the content, and it was particularly insightful/helpful to get a more clear picture on requirements and implementation. It was also clear how to get at the true ROI of cloud computing for companies.

Having read Hurwitz and Rhoton, I say that their books are not nearly as authoritative and comprehensive as Linthicum's Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise: A Step-by-Step Guide
Discussed. I would recommend this book for any person with an interest in Cloud Computing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid guide to building disruptive infrastructure and next-generation platforms Jan. 18 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise tells of cloud computing and comes from an IT innovator who explains what cloud computer means. From costs, values and risk-related drivers beyond the move to cloud computing to how to assess cloud computing and SOA for an organization, this offers advanced programmers and computer collections a solid guide to building disruptive infrastructure and next-generation platforms.
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