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CIF’s Deputy Chair Frank Bennett publishes new book

Frank BennettThe rapid deployment of cloud by organisations is forging a new conversation about ‘Cloud Adoption Framework’.  What is that?  A Google search returns 34M+ results so that is so helpful. There is so much fragmented information about a Cloud Adoption Framework that it begged a consolidation.  That consolidation is now available in a book that was co-authored by CIF’s Deputy Chair Frank Bennett and is available for free download from Microsoft.com when you click here.

The book, commissioned by Microsoft Corporation, makes reference to Microsoft’s Cloud Adoption Framework and Azure.  It has been written in two parts to appeal to non-technical (business teams) and technical reader audiences.

Who should read this book?

This book is aimed squarely at those who want to effect a change in the way IT services, and specifically Cloud services, are consumed and delivered to an organization. Those who recognize the vital role IT plays in a world that is increasingly technology driven in what is commonly referred to as the ‘digital age’. Those that want to become change agents.

This book is intended to be a catalyst for action aimed at a range of players inside and outside your organization. Here are just a few of those players, and why it is relevant to them.

The Board

The board has many things to consider. Every day, technology gets higher and higher on the priority list. With the rate of technological innovation and the pervasive use of Cloud computing it is a juggling act to not get left behind – never mind get ahead.

This book describes a model for how a business will make decisions to deal with ever-increasing reliance on technology.

Those decisions are complex as they can conflict with the way IT is delivered today and previous investments you may have made. It’s difficult to balance this with taking advantage of the innovation served up in the Cloud.

As you look forward, what technological capability will the business require?

What skills and experience will you need in order to put innovation to work?

Who do you partner with for knowledge and support?

Boards will be aware of the techno-political debate that places a new responsibility on organizations regarding the processing of data. A legal responsibility and accountability now accompany the decision to invest in technology such as Artificial Intelligence for the processing of data.

The connectedness and ease with which data can transmitted in the digital age, while creating new opportunities, also comes with new responsibilities. Data privacy has jumped up the agenda of politicians, regulators and consumers. In some jurisdictions, such as the European Union, the consequences of non-compliance are severe. Others are following. This is a governance matter for the board’s attention.

The CxO team

You might think that technology doesn’t apply to you. It’s an implementation detail within your organization. Something for somebody else to worry about. This is not true anymore. The discussion is becoming ever more complex as business and technology are interwoven and are core to strategy and execution in the business.

Management has the ultimate responsibility for business outcomes and today’s leaders must operate in the style of leaner ways of thinking and operating, as revealed in this book. A measure of a successful company is the way it harnesses technology. That is both an offensive and defensive strategy. Our world has a long list of established businesses which have gone from glory to bust. Then follows the 'Oh poor them' analysis of what happened. We all know who they are – we used to shop there; they might have been a supplier.

So, if it is agreed that technology is now make or break then this book is for you. Engage the Board and Line of Business Managers in a discussion about what the business must be good at. That could be customer service, optimization of the supply chain, supporting a mobile workforce. These things describe how the business operates. This book serves up a discussion about how that evolves with technology and harnessing the power and innovation of Cloud computing.

CIO / CTO / CDO

You are key architects of the transformation we describe in this book, and your role will change fundamentally. You’re going to move from expert execution to expert orchestration and transformation. The execution of the Digital Operating Model is in your hands.

The Cloud Adoption Framework is your roadmap. You may want to align with partners who bring experience to your discussions, plans and execution.

Line of Business Manager

There are no better people to tell you about the demands of the business than those at the sharp end. You may hear that your competitors are delivering new products and services more quickly. Or it may be that they are making it easier and more convenient for customers to conduct their day-to-day business.

The availability of Cloud computing has created new opportunities for Line of Business managers to respond quickly. It is they who can equip their teams with new ways to deliver productivity and to work smart. That has served its purpose well and is now part of the big picture of how the business will create an agile posture to the deployment of technology.