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Build a cloud computing enterprise architecture strategy

Learn to steer clear of challenges when preparing your enterprise architecture for cloud computing.

The enterprise landscape has changed significantly over the past few years. The driving force behind that change is cloud computing enterprise infrastructure. Cloud is real; it is not just a fad. Cloud is a reality here today -- not a vision of what may come. Cloud really is changing the way applications are being developed, the way hardware gets provisioned and how enterprise architecture will be designed.

All IT professionals should prepare for the changes that cloud computing is carrying into the enterprise. This quick twenty-minute lesson is designed to help you build a plan for engaging with cloud-based technologies that will help you minimize the risks and maximize the gains of adopting a cloud model.

Your professor for this lesson in the cloud classroom of Java University is Cameron McKenzie, editor in chief of and author of several books on Java development, including Hibernate Made Easy and JSR-168 Portlet Development Simplified. His simple message for CIOs, CEOs, developers and architects is that cloud technology is not just a buzzword. Cloud will continue to gain ground, becoming first prevalent and then pervasive. Forward looking IT pros will get ready for a cloud computing enterprise architecture now, while it still brings a competitive advantage and before it becomes a minimum requirement.

McKenzie covers the definition of the nebulous term cloud, the logical evolution of computing power from home-grown to utility, the phantom fears, uncertainty and doubt around cloud computing, common places where we're already using cloud, and the very real risks of shadow IT creeping up where cloud policies have not yet been established. He'll also present strategies and best practices for reducing many of the risks around using cloud services, choosing a first cloud use case for your organization, and migrating applications into the cloud.

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