Need a summer read? Look no further – here are my book recommendations summer 2020
I was recently asked for some book recommendations, good for a summer read. A short list turned into a long list, and given what they and I do for a living there was bound to a technology focus. I’ve broken these down into hopefully logical areas.
vSphere may have moved on to version 7, but the content within these books is as valid now as it was when it was published.
VDI Design Guide: A comprehensive guide to help you design VMware Horizon, based on modern standards Paperback
vRealize Network Insight Cookbook: Everything (and more) you ever wanted to know about vRealize Network Insight Paperback
Zero Trust Networks with VMware NSX: Build Highly Secure Network Architectures for Your Data Centers Paperback
The world is moving toward cloud native and infrastructure must adapt to keep pace with what is possible within the hyper-scaler cloud native stacks. If you work in the infrastructure space and you are not exploring kubernetes, then you should be.
- Kubernetes: Up and Running: Dive Into the Future of Infrastructure Paperback
Architecture and Strategy
My work spans a huge number of areas so having an understanding of strategy, design and mapping techniques is critical. The books below are more than just a read they are points of reference.
- THE ART OF STRATEGY: Steps Towards Business Agility Paperback – What is strategy? Why do you need it? How do you do it? The Art Of Strategy provides timeless answers to these eternal questions. It is a short introduction to strategy through the insights of three successful strategists: Sun Tzu, John Boyd and Simon Wardley.
IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design: A Practical Guide for It Architects Paperback – My copy of this is well thumbed. The first book in the It Architect series helps aspiring & experienced It infrastructure architects/administrators, and those pursuing infrastructure design certifications, establish a solid foundation in the art of infrastructure design.
Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age – Business innovation expert Greg Satell helps you find your way by revealing the four models of innovation: Basic Research, Breakthrough Innovation, Sustaining Innovation, and Disruptive Innovation. One size does not fit all, so he provides a framework…
Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs – Innovation principles to bring about meaningful and sustainable growth in your organization Using a list of more than 2,000 successful innovations, including Cirque du Soleil, early IBM mainframes, the Ford Model-T, and many more…
The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win – Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule…
The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Digital Disruption, Redshirts, and Overthrowing the Ancient Powerful Order – This follow-up to the bestselling title The Phoenix Project takes another look at Parts Unlimited, this time from the perspective of software development. In The Unicorn Project, we follow Maxine, a senior lead developer and architect, as she is exiled to the Phoenix Project…
Nothing really to do with IT (or maybe they are…)
- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable – What have the invention of the wheel, Pompeii, the Wall Street Crash, Harry Potter and the internet got in common? Why are all forecasters con-artists? What can Catherine the Greats lovers tell us about probability? Why should you never run for a train or read a newspaper? This book is all about Black Swans: the random events that underlie our lives…
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future – The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them…
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Fire gave us power. Farming made us hungry for more. Money gave us purpose. Science made us deadly. This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.
Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance – Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. It is not just about sport, but has powerful implications for business and politics, as well as for parents and students. In other words, all of us.
It is of probably no surprise whatsoever that I’m a fan of Star Wars. If you’ve only seen the movies give the following books a go.
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis – Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master – but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power…over life and death… This is the story that should have been made instead of the Phantom Menace!
The Thrawn trilogy books are brilliant, but alas no longer part of the official Star Wars universe… However Thrawn is still part of the universe in a different set of books starting with – Star Wars: Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances and Thrawn: Treason. Later on this year we’re also promised Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy