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"In his book, On Top of the Cloud Muller interviewed top CIOs about the challenges and opportunities of cloud technology, and how they've learned to lead their companies into a cloud-driven future. These transformational CIOs, as Hunter refers to them, are technology leaders, not followers. They function as champions of innovation and continuous improvement, a role that often requires them to be more like a CEO than CIO." (Monster.com, April 2012)

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On Top of the Cloud

How CIOs Leverage New Technologies to Drive Change and Build Value Across the Enterprise

"If your company depends on data—and it's hard to imagine a company that doesn't—you need a cloud strategy, today. Maybe 10 or 20 years from now, we'll invent a newer technology that will make the cloud obsolete. That day will come, no doubt. But for now, smart money is betting on the cloud."
—Hunter Muller, from On Top of the Cloud

An absolute must-read for every CIO, On Top of the Cloud takes you into the heads of smart, talented, and experienced CIOs who are trying to figure out the best ways to take advantage of the cloud and make it work for their organizations.

Author Hunter Muller reveals how the cloud is changing the way we consume IT, leverage existing infrastructure, and deploy technology to provide essential services that help competitive organizations win new customers and open new markets.

Packed with exclusive, in-depth interviews with top executives who are "in the cloud" at major corporations including IBM, Microsoft, Coca- Cola, Avon, Boeing, Baker Hughes, McKesson, Flextronics, Salesforce.com, VMware, Wells Fargo, and Toyota, On Top of the Cloud explores:

  • Learning from listening

  • Why IT does matter

  • Articulating the value of technology

  • The customer-focused CIO

  • Bringing innovation to the surface

  • Governance and due diligence in the cloud

As the scope of the cloud grows, its value and potential grow as a fundamentally new model for enabling business transformation in rapidly changing markets. If you're a CIO and you aren't tapping into the power of the cloud, you're giving your competitors the upper hand. Discover how your business can harness the benefits of the cloud and boost its bottom line with Hunter Muller's On Top of the Cloud.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118065824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118065822
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hunter Muller is the President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the fastest growing provider of innovative thought leadership and networking events for CIOs and senior executives across the IT industry. He is a globally respected IT strategist and thought leader, with more than 20 years of experience in IT leadership and organization performance research and consulting. His concepts have been used successfully by corporations worldwide to improve executive performance, enhance collaboration, elevate the role of the CIO/ IT leader and align strategy across the enterprise.

His focus over the past five years has been observing and documenting top transformational executives at leading organizations around the world. He has built an extensive network of senior IT leaders at companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Hilton Hotels, Cisco, Siemens, Red Hat, Salesforce.com, Verizon, VMWare and many more. He is the author of "The Transformational CIO" (John Wiley & Sons, 2011). His next book, "The Transformational CIO: On Top of the Cloud," will be published by Wiley in 2012.

Hunter Muller is a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), and serves as the chapter's Vice President of Programs.

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Format: Hardcover
This book, the second in a series of business books by IT thought leader Hunter Muller, will be a great resource for executives who need to understand the economics and business value of cloud computing. The book contains all the definitions and details you will need to get a solid grasp of the subject. But the book also includes dozens of first-person stories, told by experienced CIOs, about their cloud implementations. The level of detail is amazing. These people really have skin in the game, and their insights are extremely helpful.

It's the first-person stories that make this book truly unique and valuable to the business reader. The book feels like an extended conversation with a roomful of really bright people who actually know what they're talking about! The content is presented in a friendly manner, which makes it easy to digest. Most important, the stories all contain the seeds of practical cloud strategies that can be customized, tailored and adapted to fit a wide variety of situations and scenarios.

This is the kind of book that CIOs should buy for their CFOs, their CMOs and their CEOs. Everyone who needs to understand the technology and the strategy of cloud computing should read this book. I've read many books about cloud computing, and this is one of the very best! The style is bright and refreshing, and the content is immediately usable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Skinner on February 23, 2013
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On top of the cloud: How CIOs leverage new technologies to drive change and build value across the enterprise
Hunter Muller (2012)
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

About the author
Hunter Muller is the President and CEO of HMG Strategies LLC, an IT strategy consulting firm headquartered in Westport Connecticut. HMG Strategies was formed by Mr. Muller from HMG Consulting after more than 20 years in the fields of IT consulting. The goal of HMG Strategies is to raise the levels of thought leadership, knowledge sharing, and networking for Chief Information Officers (CIO), IT executives, and IT experts. The mission of HMG Strategies is to help CIOs become transformational executives within their companies and industries around the globe. HMG Strategies hosts multiple executive leadership summits for CIOs throughout the year to facilitate personal connections among CIOs, present leadership strategies, and provide real-world insight and assessments of technology, trends, and innovations. On top of the cloud is the second book written by Mr. Muller; The first was The transformational CIO.
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On top of the cloud: How CIOs leverage new technologies to drive change and build value across the enterprise is constructed around and connects a group of interviews by Mr. Muller with various CIOs from major corporations and consulting firms. The book is filled with comments and lengthy quotations from these sessions. From these commentaries and that of Mr. Muller two primary messages emerge: 1) cloud computing is a reality and companies need to determine how each will take advantage of it and 2) the role of the CIO has changed to one that delivers value to the enterprise. The following are related comments drawn from the contributors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mignona on April 3, 2012
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This book is incredibly insightful in prescribing the CIO leadership qualities mandated for today's environment largely innovation. Leveraging the cloud and adapting a lens to embrace the changing landscape motivates the reader. This book is a must read for the executive to bridge IT and the business.
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