This is a book about collaboration and cloud. It is about collaboration between
people and between companies, and about how this collaboration is chang-
ing. It is also about how markets and companies themselves are changing,
or how they will have to change in order to confront changes in technology
and society. And it’s about software: how we use it and how we are growing
towards a mix of “traditional” software and services from the cloud.
This book is written for any reader interested in IT strategy, innovation and
trends in business and technology. The book is not technical, and it will show
how technology can be used to create business value by improving collabora-
tion. CIO’s, enterprise architects and people responsible for IT direction will
benefit from this book because it will advance their thinking on the topics of
collaboration and cloud computing. Though it is not a cookbook or “how to”
manual, this book will provide practical insights and guidance for the creation of your own strategy in these matters.
Specifically, we will hand you a list of questions to ask when getting involved
in any initiative relating to collaboration or the cloud. Chapter 9, “Fourteen
Questions to Guide the Revolution” provides a pragmatic approach to the
topic. Combine that with Chapter 10, where we debunk some common myths,
and you should be all set to move forward in this exciting field.