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Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2020
(full disclosure: James Mottram, with Container Solutions - on behalf of the authors, very graciously provided me with a review copy to read).
Today I completed my read of Cloud Native Transformation: Practical Patterns for Innovation.
While this is not intended as technical book on how to do a cloud native transformation - and may in fact - be of the most use when read by executive leadership, business stakeholders, IT managers - yet it may still be of immense benefit to help orient non-technical and technical members of an organization - and align the thinking and planning of the organization - and in aiding to set and manage expectations.
This is a book that can be primarily of use to two categories of companies:
- Those who have not yet started their cloud native transformation journey; and
- Those who have stumbled in their cloud native transformation journey - and don't yet know how to recover (or, who do not yet truly understand what went wrong).
I particularly enjoyed the pattern discussions in each chapter - but found the case studies in chapters 14 ("Building a bank in a Year: Starling Bank Case Study"), and 15 ("Welcome to the Jungle: Adidas Cloud Native Transformation Case Study") - to be particularly interesting.
Chapters in the book include:
1. What is Cloud Native? 2. The Human Challenge of Cloud Native 3. What's the Pattern? Architecture, Pattern Languages, and Design 4. Beyond Patterns: Behavior, Biases, and Managing Evolution 5. Knowing Thyself: The Cloud Matrix Maturity Tool 6. Tools for Understanding and Using Cloud Native Patterns 7. Patterns for Strategy and Risk Reduction 8. Patterns for Organization and Culture 9. Patterns for Development and Process 10. Patterns for Infrastructure and Cloud 11. Applying the Patterns: A Transformation Design Story, Part 1 12. Applying the Patterns: A Cloud Native Transformation Design, Part 2 13. Common Transformation Challenges 14. Building a bank in a Year: Starling Bank Case Study 15. Welcome to the Jungle: Adidas Cloud Native Transformation Case Study
(There's also an Epilogue, and an appendix: A. Library of Patterns)
One of the hardest parts of implementing change is changing culture - this is the book you need to help you with that critical part of the cloud native transformation journey.
It is quite uplifting that all the Cloud Native Transformations I was involved in were very close to the ideas and patterns described by Pini Reznik and Jamie Dobson in their recent book. I still believe that a good team ("Transformation Champion") and friendly environment can take you to cloud native intuitively, however it would be much easier to go through this process with this book at hand. Common language (design patterns), common understanding between the different teams in your organization (eg: tech vs business), full awareness of all the psychological and cognitive biases making the cloud native journey a bit bumpy - these are all priceless tools that could save me a lot of time, nerves and ..money.