- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118065824
- ISBN-13: 978-1118065822
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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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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.
Content and Message
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.
1. Cloud computing is a fact of life. The question is not when or if, but only how.
2. The cloud is not a one-size-fits all solution, and it is not a panacea.
3. The genuinely transformational aspect of the cloud is on the user side.
4. What's new about the cloud isn't how it works, but what it enables us to achieve.
5. The role of chief information officer (CIO) has evolved from someone whose job is keeping the IT systems running to someone whose job is making money for the company.
6. The prime focus of the CIO should be on new business opportunities where the flexibility and speed-to-market advantages of the cloud bring value to the company.
7. This new role will require a new mix of skill sets in IT.
8. The transformational CIO is expected to lead IT so that it delivers value to the enterprise.
9. Transformational CIOs understand the risks, weigh them judiciously, and then make decisions that will add value to the enterprise.
10. Visualizing the customer and understanding the customer's needs is now part of the CIO's core responsibility.
11. The important thing is to understand your business, appreciate the variety of benefits the cloud can offer, and determine how best to integrate this new option into your overall strategy.
12. Some CIOs want to be technology leaders and other want to be business leaders ... to succeed you need to be both.
Mr. Muller presents his primary messages (the cloud is a reality and the successful CIO will be both a technology leader and a business leader) clearly, consistently, and repeatedly. The volume is, as is advertised in the introduction, a compilation and commentary on interviews with leading CIOs in industry. As such a compilation,, the real-world insights, "how-to-s," and "how-I-did-its" are enlightening and a fresh perspective on the application of the cloud to a variety of IT intensive industries. However, the reader should not expect and will not find a scholarly or in depth treatment of the subject. Also, the self-congratulatory and self promotion remarks quickly become tedious and distasteful. In many ways, Mr. Muller is stating the obvious, and the reader will find no intellectual surprises or challenges. This is not to say a reading of On top of the cloud is a waste of time but neither is it groundbreaking or transformational. If the potential reader manages expectations it will suffice as a light weekend read.
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.