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6/16/2010
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Bob Evans
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Global CIO: 10 Indispensable Insights On Cloud Computing

Analyzing the cloud's impact on everything from security to the CIO to corporate culture, a new book on the cloud revolution by my outstanding colleague Charles Babcock is an absolute must-read.

While InformationWeek editor-at-large Charles Babcock has forgotten more about enterprise software than most of us will ever know, he has crafted a highly engaging new book--Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution--about the power and the future of this emerging technology that's far more of an adventure story than a technical treatise on hypervisors and provisioning.

A gifted and graceful writer, Babcock weaves a tale of the cloud's warts as well as its promise, and takes readers along for a, uh, "virtual" tour of data centers and IT organizations and startups and Amazon and Google and much much more, escalating gradually the power and sweep of his ideas as he deftly describes such arcana as virtual appliances and the behavior patterns of hackers.

Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution (available in bookstores and on Amazon) is easy and engaging to read not because Babcock takes either the subject matter or the intelligence of his readers lightly—he's far too intelligent and aware to even feint in either of those directions—but because he knows his subject so well and because, as the title promises, he has the fervor and the passion of a revolutionary himself.

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For anyone whose job comes even close to forming strategy around or making decisions on cloud computing, I recommend this book unconditionally and promise that it will enrich your strategies and inform your decision-making. And even beyond that, it will likely transform your thinking about why the cloud doesn't represent just another dry technology progression but rather, as Babcock says, "a new way of doing things and a whole new set of opportunities" and also a "break from the shackles of the past."

(For more analyses of cloud strategies and related columns, be sure to check out our "Recommended Reading" list at the end of this column.)

Now I'll shut up and let the expert speak: with Charlie's permission, here's my own set of excerpts from his book delivered in a list of 10 Indispensable Perspectives On Cloud Computing (the headings are mine, the excerpts are from Charlie's book):

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