An absolute must-listen for every CIO, On Top of the Cloud takes you into the heads of smart, talented, and experienced CIOs who are trying to figure out the best ways to take advantage of the cloud and make it work for their organizations.
Author Hunter Muller reveals how the cloud is changing the way we consume IT, leverage existing infrastructure, and deploy technology to provide essential services that help competitive organizations win new customers and open new markets.
Packed with exclusive, in-depth interviews with top executives who are "in the cloud" at major corporations including IBM, Microsoft, Coca- Cola, Avon, Boeing, Baker Hughes, McKesson, Flextronics, Salesforce.com, VMware, Wells Fargo, and Toyota, On Top of the Cloud explores:
As the scope of the cloud grows, its value and potential grow as a fundamentally new model for enabling business transformation in rapidly changing markets. If you're a CIO and you aren't tapping into the power of the cloud, you're giving your competitors the upper hand. Discover how your business can harness the benefits of the cloud and boost its bottom line with Hunter Muller's On Top of the Cloud.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2012 Hunter Muller (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I understand that blatant marketing ploys would have been more upfront. This piece advertised as unbiased was ultimately not. There were moments through the audio I found myself thinking... I just heard that. There were more moments as I got into hour 2 where it became I JUST HEARD THAT! Being in the technology sector I thought this book valuable (and I just might read 'The Transformational CIO') but the redundancy could have been reduced. The audio could be condensed into an hour an a half; max. SFDC undertones and other software company success stories made this read more like a brochure I should have received while expecting a demo.
I love to listen.
The book doesn't go deep into the underlying Cloud technologies.
But the author tells the value and anticipated changes within IT organization and the whole business.
Anecdotes suggested by the author
His performance was good to listen.
The narrator (Paul Neal Rohrer) was fine. I would likely not buy another book by Hunter Muller.
For one thing, he should have actually written about cloud computing. If he didn't want to talk about cloud computing, he or his editor should have chosen a different title. Whenever he has an opportunity to talk about cloud computing, he quickly dodges the subject.
Muller will lead the reader to believe he is constructing an analogy to describe something about cloud computing, but he never finishes his analogies by linking them to cloud computing (or IT, in general, even), nor does he link his examples to cloud computing. He will explain the *non* cloud arm of the analogy in great detail, and then just skip over the part about cloud computing. The reader/listener gets the impression that Hunter Muller does not know anything about loud computing.
For example, Muller used an analogy involving Lockheed Martin, and went so far as to list out the name of a number of different fighter planes, but when it came time to talk about how this related to cloud computing, he just moved on. Thus, it wasn't an analogy--it was fluff-- and he quickly moved on to more fluff.
Hunter also talks down to his audience as if they are children, asking questions like, "Can you imagine a bank without IT? When you use the ATM, you're using IT." He makes statements like this over and over again with no purpose. The reader thinks, "Well, this introduction is a bit long, boring, and repetitive, but I'm sure Muller will lead us somewhere with it." But he never does. It's all fluff.
In general, his book feels like a self help book. He even says things like, "At the risk of sounding like a self-help Guru..." as if he's blushing when writing because he knows he's not writing about cloud computing or IT, but rather stringing together fluffy cliche.
He was fine.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
A brief discussion of virtualization and other solutions leading to the cloud revolution. Public clouds are the focus on the home front but business continues to focus on public clouds due to increased control and security. Muller does a good job of covering the technology at a layman's level and giving hints at what the future might hold.
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