6 tech books to read while in quarantine




Reading is like a vacation for the mind that should be enjoyed by all. With that being said, Abigail Opiah lists six must-reads that every tech executive should have on their bookshelves (physical or digital).


Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction
Author: Thomas Siebel

The book is a deep examination of the new technologies that are disrupting business and government, and how organisations can harness them to transform themselves into digital enterprises.

The confluence of four technologies – elastic cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) – writes Siebel, is fundamentally changing how business and government will operate in the 21st century.

The author guides readers through a unique discussion of the game-changing technologies driving digital transformation, and provides a roadmap to seize them as a strategic opportunity.


Blockchain Maximalist: The Very Structure of Society is About to Change.
Author:
Luis Wester

In Blockchain Maximalist, Wester establishes a firm technological and historical foundation on which he builds a “vibrant landscape of futuristic applications” with monumental economic, political, and societal relevance.

The first part of the book elaborates blockchain in the context of its encompassing history.

Wester takes you by your hand and inspects all major breakthroughs, achievements, and milestones throughout the blockchain journey, up until 2019.

Throughout the book, you will explore: how blockchain functions, which components make up blockchain, where the technology comes from, and what it means for the individual and society.


Fog and Edge Computing: Principles and Paradigms
Author/s:
Rajkumar Buyya and Satish Narayana Srirama

Responding to the ever-increasing bandwidth demands of the IoT, Fog and Edge computing concepts have developed to collect, analyse, and process data more efficiently than traditional cloud architecture.

Fog and Edge Computing: Principles and Paradigms provides a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art applications and architectures driving this dynamic field of computing while highlighting potential research directions and emerging technologies.

Exploring topics such as developing scalable architectures, moving from closed systems to open systems, and ethical issues arising from data sensing, this timely book addresses both the challenges and opportunities that Fog and Edge computing presents.


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The Cloud Adoption Playbook: Proven Strategies for Transforming Your Organisation with the Cloud
Author:
Roland Barcia, Ndu Emuchay, Moe Abdula, Kyle Brown, and Ingo Averdunk

Adopting the cloud requires a clear roadmap backed by use cases, grounded in practical real-world experience, to show the routes to successful adoption.

The Cloud Adoption Playbook helps business and technology leaders in enterprise organisations sort through the options and make the best choices for accelerating cloud adoption and digital transformation.

Written by a team of IBM technical executives with a wealth of real-world client experience, this book cuts through the hype, answers your questions, and helps you tailor your cloud adoption and digital transformation journey to the needs of your organisation.


Cloud Native Patterns: Designing Change-tolerant Software
Author:
Cornelia Davis

Going to “the cloud” is more about how you design your applications than where you deploy them. Cloud-Native Patterns: Designing Change-Tolerant Software is your guide to developing strong applications that thrive in the dynamic, distributed virtual world of the cloud.

This book presents a mental model for cloud-native applications, along with the patterns, practices, and tooling that support their construction. In it, you’ll find realistic examples and expert advice for working with apps, data, services, routing, and more.

The author often makes reference to differences between the patterns she covers in the book and the way in which things may have been done in the past.


Up and Running: Dive Into the Future of Infrastructure
Author:
Brendan Burns, Joe Beda, and Kelsey Hightower

Kubernetes radically changes the way applications are built and deployed in the cloud. Since its introduction in 2014, this container orchestrator has become one of the largest and most popular open-source projects in the world.

The updated edition of this practical book shows developers and ops personnel how Kubernetes and container technology can help you achieve new levels of velocity, agility, reliability, and efficiency. All three authors – who have worked on Kubernetes at Google and beyond—explain how this system fits into the lifecycle of a distributed application.

The book teaches you how to use tools and APIs to automate scalable distributed systems, whether it’s for online services, machine learning applications, or a cluster of Raspberry Pi computers.

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