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PATH to Cloudification

- Systematic Approach

One of the biggest challenges in the cloud endeavor is how to make up a comprehensive action plan systematically.

I'll take a reality check of today's IT paradigm and assess how cloud computing may help deal with the complexity in the current IT solutions. Then I review the fundamental concept of cloud computing and its evolution in the past few years, followed by an in-depth analysis on the state of cloud and outlook of the mega trends in the space for the next 5 years. Afterwards, I am going to anatomize various challenges in the cloud adoptions and implementations, which leads to a methodical approach presented to establish a winning cloud strategy. Subsequently I will walk through a unified roadmapping framework that systemizes the comprehensive strategization and operationalization of cloudification, composed of 4 incremental stages: Plan, Adopt, Transform, and Harness (PATH). Different roadmapping dimensions will be discussed, along with the best practices to execute PATH: Alignment, Blueprint, Checklist, and Discipline (ABCD).


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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).