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Cloud Computing Strategies

1st Edition

By Dimitris N. Chorafas

CRC Press

352 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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A guide to managing cloud projects, Cloud Computing Strategies provides the understanding required to evaluate the technology and determine how it can be best applied to improve business and enhance your overall corporate strategy. Based on extensive research, it examines the opportunities and challenges that loom in the cloud. It explains exactly what cloud computing is, what it has to offer, and calls attention to the important issues management needs to consider before passing the point of no return regarding financial commitments.

Illustrated with numerous examples and case studies, the book examines security, privacy, data ownership, and data protection in the cloud. It also:

  • Explains how and why your company can benefit from Open Software and onDemand Services
  • Identifies various cloud providers, their services, and their content as a basis for evaluating cost effectiveness
  • Provides authoritative guidance on how to transition from a legacy system to the cloud
  • Includes helpful tips for managing cloud vendor relationships and avoiding vendor lock-in

Whether you’re already in the cloud or just considering it, the text provides the unbiased understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of cloud computing needed to make informed decisions regarding its future in your organization. The book’s strength is that it supplies authoritative insight on everything needed to decide if you should make a transition to the cloud.

Table of Contents


The Cloud Computing Market

For and Against Cloud Computing

OnDemand versus onPremise IT

The Four Pillars of Cloud Computing

A Birdseye View of Cloud Computing Vendors

A New Industry Is Being Born

Competition in the Cloud Is Asymmetric

The Multibillion Opportunity: Income from Advertising

What Cloud Computing Has On Offer

Public Clouds, Private Clouds and Clients

Cloud Applications and Platforms

Providing the Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud Computing, Spectral Efficiency, Sensors and Perspiration

The Technology of Enabling Services

At the Core of the Cloud Is Virtualization

Strategic Products and Tactical Products

Strategic Inflection Points

Strategic Inflection Points in Information Technology

Cloud Computing and IT Slogans

User-Centered Solutions and Cloud Computing

For Cloud Vendors, an Inflection Point Is Threat and Opportunity

Cost Is One of the Dragons

The Opaque Problems of Costs and of Pricing A Case Study on Pricing onDemand Services

User Organizations of Cloud Computing

Potential Customers of Cloud Technology

The Cloud Interests Small and Medium Enterprises

Virtual Companies and the Cloud

Using Virtual Networked Objects

Consumer Technologies and the Cloud

Social Networking and Multimedia Messaging


Risks and Opportunities with The Cloud

The Computer as We Know It Today May Disappear

The CIO's Career Is at Stake

Centralization May Be a Foe, Not a Friend

Budgeting for Cloud Computing

Outsourcing, Infrastructural Interdependencies and the Cloud

Service Level Agreements

Is Cloud Computing a Lock-In Worst Than Mainframes?

Reengineering the User Organization

Strategic Decisions and Reengineering

Organizational Solutions Are No Sacred Cows

The No. 1 Asset Is Human Resources

Promoting Greater Productivity Through Reorganization

The Transition from Legacy to Competitive Systems

Avoiding the Medieval "EDP" Mentality


Inside the Cloud of the Competitors

The Controllability of Computer Applications

Platforms Rising. Google Tries to Be a Frontrunner and Its Force

Microsoft is Now on the Defensive Leverages Its Infrastructure

EMC, VMWare and Virtual Arrays of Inexpensive Disks

Wares of Other Cloud Challengers: A to F

Wares of Other Cloud Challengers: H to R

The Saga of an Open Architecture

Searching for an Open Architecture

Challenges Posed by Big Systems

Infrastructure as a Utility

The Cloud’s System Architecture and Its Primitives

The User Organization’s Business Architecture

Financial Services Application Architecture; a Case Study

The Architect’s Job: Elegance, Simplicity and Integration

Internet and Cloud Security

Who Owns Whose Information in the Cloud?

When Responsibility for Security Takes a Leave, Accountability Goes Along

Data Fills the Air and Many Parties Are Listening

Many of the Cloud’s Security Problems Date Back to the Internet

Security-as-a-Service by Cloud Providers

Fraud Theory and Intellectual Property

A Brief Review of Security Measures and Their Weaknesses

Security Engineering. Outwitting the Adversary

Cloud Reliability, Fault Tolerance and Response Time

Business Continuity Management in the Cloud

System Reliability, Human Factors and Cloud Computing

Case Studies on Designing for Reliability

The Concept of Fault Tolerance in Cloud Computing

With the Cloud, Response Time Is More Important Than Ever Before

Improving the Availability of Cloud Services

The Premium for Lifecycle Maintainability


Open Source Software and On-Demand Services

The Advent of Open Source Software

An Era of Partnerships in onDemand Software

Frameworks, Platforms and the New Programming Culture

Finding Better Ways to Build IT Services

The Case of Software Dependability

Auditing the Conversion to Software as a Service

Software Piracy Might Enlarge the Open Source’s Footprint

Leadership in Logistics

Logistics Defined

Customer Relationship Management

Enterprise Resource Planning

Wal-Mart. A Case Study in Supply Chain Management

Just in Time Inventories

Machine-to-Machine and RFID Communications

Challenges Presented by Organization and Commercial Vision

High Technology for Private Banking and Asset Management

Cloud Software for Private Banking

Leadership Is Based on Fundamentals

Cloud Software For Asset Management

Cloud Technology Can Improve Fund Management

Criteria for Success in Asset Management Technology

Functionality Specifics Prized by the Experts

Institutional Investors, High Net Worth Individuals and the Cloud

About the Author

Dr. Dimitris N. Chorafas has, since 1961, advised financial institutions and industrial corporations in strategic planning, risk management, computers and communications systems, and internal controls. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Paris, and the Technical University of Athens, Dr. Chorafas has been a Fulbright scholar.

Financial institutions that sought his assistance include the Union Bank of Switzerland, Bank Vontobel, CEDEL, the Bank of Scotland, Credit Agricole, Osterreichische Landerbank (Bank Austria), First Austrian Bank, Kommerzbank, Dresdner Bank, Demir Bank, Mid-Med Bank, Banca Nazionale dell’Agricoltura, Istituto Bancario Italiano, Credito Commerciale and Banca Provinciale Lombarda.

Dr. Chorafas has worked as a consultant to top management of multinational corporations, including: General Electric-Bull, Univac, Honeywell, Digital Equipment, Olivetti, Nestle, Omega, Italcementi, Italmobiliare, AEG-Telefunken, Olympia, Osram, Antar, Pechiney, the American Management Association, and a host of other client firms in Europe and the United States.

He has served on the faculty of the Catholic University of America and as a visiting professor at Washington State University, George Washington University, University of Vermont, University of Florida, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Additionally, these educational institutes include the University of Alberta, Technical University of Karlsruhe, Ecole d’Etudes Industrielles de l’Universite de Geneve, Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne, the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

More than 8,000 banking, industrial, and government executives have participated in his seminars in the United States, England, Germany, Italy, Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Chorafas is the author of 153 books, some of which have been translated into 16 languages.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General