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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (October 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136009220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136009221
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 eBizq.net, 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.


More About the Author

David S. Linthicum (Dave) is an internationally recognized industry expert and thought leader, and the author and coauthor of 13 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 has appeared on a number of TV and radio shows as a computing expert. He is a blogger for InfoWorld, Intelligent Enterprise, and eBizq.net, covering SOA and enterprise computing topics. Dave also has columns in Government Computer News, Cloud Computing Journal, SOA Journal, 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, approaches and technologies in wide use today. For the last 10 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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The material is very logical and easy to understand.
Anand Swaminathan
In this book, Linthicum illustrates, for today's enterprise users, a step-wise approach for managing the convergence of SOA and Cloud Computing.
JP Morgenthal
The book covers a wide variety of concepts and techniques, putting them in context.
A. Stephens

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mirko Savic on January 8, 2010
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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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By David Chazin on December 23, 2009
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John G. Schmidt on August 5, 2010
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WLC on February 22, 2013
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ahmed Ossama on January 9, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 18, 2010
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IT Savvy CFO on January 9, 2010
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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.
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The book provides the reader a clear path from history, evolution, to how companies are leveraging the cloud to execute on innovative strategies. If your wanting to gain insights into the potential of a cloud strategy, have a solid understanding of IT, and at least an entry idea of SOA, this will be a good book to expand your knowledge. It's not as detailed and specific as other technical books. Nor was it intended to. I think the book is written for executives and leaders that need to grasp the big picture, and some of the details, without needing to, or wanting to, get into the weeds.
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