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Applied Cloud Engineering


Applied Cloud Engineering (ACE) is a holistic engineering approach for pragmatic development and integration of real-life cloud solutions. It is the field concerned with the converged and codified application of the Cloud Engineering and Cloud Metaengineering practices to the practical design, operation and consumption of Cloud services from a womb-to-tomb perspective, including the concepts, principles, methods, frameworks, techniques, and patterns. ACE equips the practitioners with the best industry practices, management schemes and technical skills to accelerate the adoption, buildout and execution of Cloud products in a systematic fashion.

A layered structure is designed for the applied cloud engineering discipline, consisting of Foundation, Lifecycle, Implementation, and Pragmatism (FLIP). The detailed elements are subsequently defined for each layer, such as principles, methods, frameworks, maturity, governance, etc. A subdiscipline map is built to cluster the related aspects of ACE, which also shows the adaptivity of the multidisciplinary knowledge that encompasses contributions from diverse areas.


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Tony Shan works as a senior consultant, advisor at a global applications and infrastructure solutions firm helping clients realize the greatest value from their IT. Shan is a renowned thought leader and technology visionary with a number of years of field experience and guru-level expertise on cloud computing, Big Data, Hadoop, NoSQL, social, mobile, SOA, BI, technology strategy, IT roadmapping, systems design, architecture engineering, portfolio rationalization, product development, asset management, strategic planning, process standardization, and Web 2.0. He has directed the lifecycle R&D and buildout of large-scale award-winning distributed systems on diverse platforms in Fortune 100 companies and public sector like IBM, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Cisco, Honeywell, Abbott, etc.

Shan is an inventive expert with a proven track record of influential innovations such as Cloud Engineering. He has authored dozens of top-notch technical papers on next-generation technologies and over ten books that won multiple awards. He is a frequent keynote speaker and Chair/Panel/Advisor/Judge/Organizing Committee in prominent conferences/workshops, an editor/editorial advisory board member of IT research journals/books, and a founder of several user groups, forums, and centers of excellence (CoE).