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An E-Book of Cloud Best Practices for Your Enterprise

Over the last eight months, I’ve written a series of posts detailing several best practices for enterprises using (or considering) the cloud. These are practices I encourage any technology executive or professional looking to transform their business and/or career to consider. They were first inspired by my time as CIO of Dow Jones, from 2012 to 2014, where the cloud quickly became the second most impactful means by which we changed technology’s role within the company (the first most impactful being the amazing team of people that made it all happen). Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to continue refining them through my work with other technology professionals, many of whom come from the largest companies in the world and all of whom are at various stages on a similar Journey.

Over the last several weeks, I’ve found myself sharing links to individual posts as a follow up to some great conversations. I believe these best practices will lead to better results when they’re practiced in concert, so rather than continue to share links one-by-one I’m hoping that this post will serve as a useful table of contents into all the best practices I’ve written about.

Preface: The Journey

I wrote about meaningful cloud adoption being a Journey — an iterative process that allows organizations to move faster and devote their resources to the things that matter most in their business — in this post in September of 2014. Then, in December of 2015, I created this post as a kick-off to a more in-depth series examining some of the best practices that enterprises employ on their Journey. The “chapters” that follow contain links to all the posts I’ve authored on each of the best practices.

Best Practice One: Provide Executive Support

Today’s IT Executive is a Chief Change Management Officer
Today’s CIO on Merging Business with Technology
What Makes Good Leaders Great?
Great Leaders Make New Rules

Best Practice Two: Educate Staff

You Already Have the People You Need to Succeed with the Cloud
11 Things to Consider When Educating Your Staff on Cloud

Best Practice Three: Create a Culture of Experimentation

Create a Culture of Experimentation Enabled by the Cloud
4 Dos and Don’ts When Using the Cloud to Experiment

Best Practice Four: Engage Partners

Accelerate Your Cloud Strategy with Partners
The Future of Managed Services in the Cloud

Best Practice Five: Create a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE)

How to Create a Cloud Center of Excellence in Your Enterprise
Staffing Your Enterprise’s Cloud Center of Excellence
Common Responsibilities for Your Cloud Center of Excellence
Your Enterprise’s Flywheel to the Cloud

Before I wrote the CCoE series, I wrote a series on DevOps in your enterprise, which has a lot of relevant points to the CCoE model

Considering DevOps in Your Enterprise?
Two Reasons Customer Service is Key to Enterprise DevOps
Enterprise DevOps: Why You Should Run What You Build
Enterprise DevOps: What to Expect When You’re DevOps’ing

Best Practice Six: Implement a Hybrid Architecture

Three Myths About Hybrid Architectures Using the Cloud
A Hybrid Cloud Architecture Ah-Ha! Moment

Best Practice Seven: Implement a Cloud-First Strategy

What Cloud-First Looks Like

I hope that you find this list useful, and I’d love to know what you think is missing!

Keep building,

Stephen Orban

Stephen Orban

Stephen is the GM (General Manager) of a new AWS service under development, and author of the book “Ahead in the Cloud: Best Practices for Navigating the Future of Enterprise IT” Stephen spent his first three-and-a-half years with Amazon as the Global Head of Enterprise Strategy, where he oversaw AWS’s enterprise go-to-market strategy, invented and built AWS’s Migration Acceleration Program (MAP), and helped executives from hundreds of the world’s largest companies envision, develop, and mature their IT operating model using the cloud. Stephen authored Ahead in the Cloud so customers might benefit from many of the best practices Stephen observed working with customers in this role. Prior to joining AWS, Stephen was the CIO of Dow Jones, where he introduced modern software development methodologies and reduced costs while implementing a cloud-first strategy. These transformational changes accelerated product development cycles and increased productivity across all lines of business, including The Wall Street Journal,, Dow Jones Newswires, and Factiva. Stephen also spent 11 years at Bloomberg LP, holding a variety of leadership positions across their equity and messaging platforms, before founding Bloomberg Sports in 2008, where he served as CTO. Stephen earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from State University of New York College at Fredonia.