Practical Guide to Cloud Computing
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Melvin Greer, Senior Fellow and Chief Strategist, Cloud Computing, Lockheed Martin; Chair, CSCC Steering Committee and Chair of the CSCC Practical Guide to Cloud Computing Working Group

Lockheed Martin's survey research indicates that while customers understand the benefits of cloud computing, they continue to look for guidance to simplify the move from exploration to cloud implementation; the CSCC Practical Guide will serve them well in this journey.
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The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) held a webinar to introduce the completed "Practical Guide to Cloud Computing" on October 5, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. 

 

Melvin Greer discussed the rationale behind the development of the guide, the target audience and intended benefits. 
 

The Practical Guide to Cloud Computing consists of a set of guidelines, and strategies to help enterprise information technology (IT) and business decision makers in all major activities related to implementing cloud solutions. The Guide provides comprehensive and actionable information in a single reference document and explains in nontechnical language the key concepts of cloud computing, and how best to adopt cloud solutions to solve specific business problems. Key sections cover:
  • Rationale, Definition and Benefits
  • Vision, Economics and Catalyst for Innovation
  • Roadmap
  • Keys to Success
  • Works Cited and References

Amy Wohl, Editor, Amy Wohl's Opinions

Enterprises planning or implementing cloud strategies have dozens of questions about best practices and the current state of the art. The Customer Standards Cloud Council's Practical Guide to Cloud Computing will prove invaluable to them in offering advice and pointing them to other resources. It embodies an amazing amount of expertise from customers, vendors, and consultants and, like cloud computing, is intended to evolve over time.
 

The Practical Guide was developed because organizations planning and executing cloud strategies have questions about best practices and the current state of the art. The Guide provides advice on how to get started and how to successfully implement cloud solutions. It contains expertise from customers, vendors, and consultants and, like cloud computing, is intended to evolve over time.

The Practical Guide is targeted at enterprise information technology (IT) and business decision makers who are interested in obtaining the stated benefits of cloud computing. This guide provides this audience strategic and tactical activities in development of a cloud computing strategy and provides specific guidance on the selection of cloud service and deployment models. The Guide provides enterprise

information technology (IT) and business decision makers important considerations and key steps to increase the likelihood of a successful cloud implementation.

Representatives from the following organizations developed the Practical Guide to Cloud Computing, along with input and feedback from the general membership: AGDesign, CA Technologies, cebe IT & KM, Cloud and Security Services, Cloud Perspectives, CloudChronicle, CloudOne Corporation, ConCon IT Consulting, Confidis Advisory Services, Ekartha, ET-Strategies, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Mahindra Satyam, PayDeg, Real-Time Innovations, Rila Solutions EAD, Software AG, State Street Corp., Synergistic Solutions, TCS, Tech Software, University of Auckland, VeriAgile Consulting Inc., and Wohl Associates.

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