Cloud Computing: Cloud System Builders: 12 Habits That Aid Successful Deployment Projects

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-18 Print this article Print
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Too often, cloud transformations are executed without the authority and expertise that yields early wins and creates the organizational support necessary to sustain conviction in your project over time. Successful cloud builders invest in training early and often.


The most successful cloud IT system builders know that they're facing a significant architectural transformation, which requires new thinking across people, process and technology. Too often, cloud builders dive headlong into cloud projects without first considering the organizational, architectural and process implications of what they're undertaking. The result? False starts and failures of confidence, which can set everybody back considerably. The key is to enter your cloud projects with a plan that sets you up for early wins, creating the broad support that builds upon itself to drive your transformation forward with momentum. At the heart of successful cloud transformations are 12 patterns, presented in this slide show, which you should consider as part of your own cloud initiative. Following these data points will ensure that you're on track to deliver on the cloud promise.  Our resource for this article is Wayne Greene, who leads the product management team at the Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit at Cisco Systems. Greene came to Cisco through the acquisition of Tidal Software, where he was the vice president of marketing and product management.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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