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Books

Embracing Cloud Computing: Moving your ICT services to Cloud

You can purchase this through Gumroad and it will instantly deliver a PDF for download and to your email. It’s eBook ready so can be sent to any eBook device that you have.

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Alternatively you can purchase it via Amazon, and it will deliver it directly to your Kindle.

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Wellington as a Smart City: Wellington into the 21st Century

Available free here Wellington Smart City Final V2.0 or as a Kindle file download here.

 

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Smart City

The Smart City is a series of blogs that looked at the more technology focussed aspects of Wellington as a Smart City.

It can be downloaded in Wellington Smart City Final V2.0 or, you can download it directly to your Kindle here (apologies for the .99c cost, it’s the cheapest an e-book can be listed on Amazon. You can email the e-book in the download directly to your Kindle if you prefer.)

Smart City Blogs

Wellington Smart City 1.0: Introduction

Wellington Smart City 1.1: Community Cloud

Wellington Smart City 1.2: Public Transport

Wellington Smart City 1.3: Smart Transport & Shared Spaces

Wellington Smart City 1.4: ICT Infrastructure 

Wellington Smart City 1.5: ICT & the Innovation Hub

Wellington Smart City 1.6: Smart Energy

Wellington Smart City 1.7: Smart Democracy

Wellington Smart City 1.8: Smart Grid & Apps

Wellington Smart City 1.9: Smart Climate Change

Wellington Smart City 1.10: Smart City Examples

Wellington Smart City 1.11: Conclusions

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Embracing Cloud: Migrating to Cloud

These posts are taken from my book “Embracing Cloud: How to migrate your ICT Services into the Cloud.” The full book is available for free here: Embracing Cloud – August 2013 Note that is a little dated. I intend to update these this year and mark them all Ver 2.0. – January 10 2015

Embracing Cloud: What is the Cloud?

Embracing Cloud: Cloud Opportunity and Future ICT State

Embracing Cloud: Cloud Targeting (How to cluster your ICT Services for migration)

Embracing Cloud: Legacy Systems

Embracing Cloud: Back Office Systems

Embracing Cloud: Supporting Systems

Embracing Cloud: Common Cloud Misconceptions and Roadblocks

Embracing Cloud: Cloud Readiness (Cloud Pre-Planning)

Embracing Cloud: Transition to Cloud – Project Plan

Embracing Cloud: Cloud Reference Architecture Lite

Embracing Cloud: The Future of Cloud – Gartner, Forrester, and IDC

Embracing Cloud: The Future of Cloud – ISIS

Embracing Cloud: Cloud Service Delivery Framework

The Original Posts

Cloud for Dummies: New Zealand Cloud Primer

Preparing for the Cloud: It won’t be as easy as you think

Preparing for the Cloud: Getting your IT department in order

Preparing for the Cloud: ICT as a service deliver business unit, not a technology enabler, reform or die

Preparing for the Cloud: ICT revolution, not revolt

Preparing for the Cloud: Cloud services design

Preparing for the Cloud: Transformation, implementing Cloud services

Preparing for the Cloud: Cloud Warrant of Fitness – Handover to Production

Preparing for the Cloud: Pitfalls, Traps, Mistakes, and Minefields

Additional Reading

Avoiding “Cloud Washed” Services

15 Reasons that Cloud Projects Fail

Advanced – What is Cloud? More Cloud Characteristics and Principles

Cloud Computing Risk & Assurance Model and CSP Selection

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About

I’ve lived in Wellington for a long time. It is an amazing city that is tucked away down at the bottom of the world, open to the harshest of southern weather and yet on a good day, the best place in the planet. It has everything you need. Wind, rain, sun, politics, entertainment, a movie industry, an airport that doubles as one of the most frightening roller coaster rides on the planet, sea, hills, farm, islands, fishing, surfing, coffee, the list goes on and on.

I have a lot of passions and interests and not enough time to indulge them all. I consider myself to be a writer first and an ICT consultant second. I started writing before I started ICT and I still do freelance work.

My wife and I have three dogs. Two black Labrador-huntaway hybrids and one confused Spaniel mixed with a tad Poodle. They spend a large amount of their time trying to figure out ways into the chicken coop to steal food. I’m convinced that they think we bought the chickens as a pure form of entertainment for their amusement.

A tutor of mine once said to me “Computers are about people, not machines”, which is a bit of shame, seeing as machines at least behave themselves most of the time. Of course he is right, and no more so than Wellington where it seems that every second person you meet is “in ICT”. This city is a village and New Zealand is a small Pacific island, just like Fiji (without the dictator) or Vanuatu (without the afternoon siesta). Everyone knows everyone else and all their business. We really could support an ICT drama in the same vein as “Shortland Street”.

A lot of people in ICT have forgotten why they got into it in the first place and as a result are generally unhappy. I still remember the first time I laid my hands on a ZX-Spectrum and my first server I was put in charge of, an ADDS Mentor.

Cloud is my current area of expertise, it represents a reformation in ICT whether we like it or not. Untangling how to do it properly is a lot of fun. Well, its a lot of work and sometimes fun.

Anyway, you can find me in a few places if you want to get in touch. My other passion is beer, as an aside.

PS The Mentor 2000 ran at 5 MHz using a Zilog processor, 640KB RAM, and included one 60MB hard disk. It used the Pick operating system and database management system. It was able to manage 16 or 32 video terminals at once. It was very, very cool.

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