Cloud's Business Imperatives Course Series
PCA 1001 (Classroom) ~~ PCA 1002 (Virtual Classroom) ~~ PCA 1003 (Distance Learning)

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“More than 25% of all IT will be delivered via non-traditional models such as the Cloud by 2012.”
Source: Gartner

The Cloud's Business Imperatives course provides Key essential knowledge for smart, effective and ultimately successful Cloud Computing business decisions. It starts by looking at the Cloud from a business perspective: what problems can the Cloud solve. It defines Cloud Computing, explores the barriers and risks of going to the Cloud, and describes the various implementation models of the Cloud. It provides a high level view of the issues in selecting a Cloud Service Provider, and lists some good sources of knowledge on the Cloud.

Course learning emphasis

Galvanizing your businesses to grow profitable revenue in these challenging economic times makes it essential that you increase your knowledge and understanding of the business issues, realities, decision criteria and problems that need to confronted and solved and how Cloud Computing will help.

The primary learning outcome from the courses in this series is that your Cloud Computing knowledge will immediately contribute to helping you make smart, effective and ultimately successful Cloud Computing business decisions.

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Course objectives

  • Clear away the incorrect information fog and beliefs that seem to constantly swirl around Cloud Computing
  • Provide understanding of Cloud Computing nomenclature, attributes, models and services
  • Understand how to utilize Cloud Computing to focus on and solve business issues
  • Ensure that your Cloud Computing knowledge will significantly contribute to you making smart, effective and ultimately successful Cloud Computing business decisions

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Audience

Organizational leaders, executives and anyone who will be making decisions on growing business revenue and profitability with Cloud Computing technology solutions.

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Course prerequisites

There is no pre-reading or advance preparation required for this course.

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Course learning modules

  1. Course goals and function
    Setting expectations and creating the learning environment to ensure that your Cloud Computing knowledge will significantly contribute to successful Cloud Computing business decisions.
  2. Cloud business imperatives
    Real understanding of the prevailing business issues in the areas of
    • Accounting (financial)
    • Aggravation (operations and management)
    • Agility (ability to react to opportunities and threats quickly)
  3. Cloud Computing defined
    Understanding and appreciating how the Cloud’s scope and infrastructure allows vendors to supply computing, platform, software and services to their customers.
  4. Fact, barriers and risks
    Understand the facts, barriers and risks up front; then you can make effective Cloud Computing business decisions.
  5. Cloud model definitions
    Ensure that you fully understand the business values of the four Cloud Business Models:
    • Private Cloud
    • Public Cloud
    • Community Cloud
    • Hybrid Cloud
  6. Selecting Cloud Service Providers (CSPs)
    One of the most worthwhile and decision-prudent actions you can take is to really understand the ABC’s of shopping for the right CSP for your business.
  7. Cloud computing knowledge sources and resources Grow and strengthen your Cloud knowledge and boost your business decision-making skills with these information-rich sources.

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Course delivery logistics

The Cloud's Business Imperatives course can be delivered in any of our standard delivery options.

Course # Learning delivery methodology Course duration Class size
PCA 1001 Classroom:
Classroom-based facilitator-led and delivered lectures, group discussions, discovery and experiential learning sessions, comprehension quizzes and group and team learning interactive exercises.
8 hour delivery and exercise session with an 8:00AM start
-- or --
8 hours starting at 1:00PM and flowing into the next morning
Min: 5
Max: 16
PCA 1002 Virtual Classroom:
Facilitator-led Internet-enabled audio and visual lectures, group discussions, comprehension quizzes and group and team learning interactive exercises.
Two 3-hour delivery sessions on one day
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Two 3-hour delivery sessions over two days
Min: 5
Max: 25
PCA 1003 Distance learning:
Facilitator-led Internet-enabled audio and visual lectures with a ten minute question and answer period at the end of each session.
Four 1-hour delivery sessions to meet your schedule requirements Min: 5
Max: 50

The content of the courses is the same across all delivery options. Certain exercises and activities are adapted to work in the virtual or distance learning delivery options. The amount of time for discussions and other group or team learning exercises is also correspondingly adjusted. Custom delivery options are available.

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Customization

Your organization's specific additional content, special delivery needs or participation volume requirements may be blended into these courses. For more information, see our custom training services. Please e-mail us at academy@purposefulclouds.com to plan for any customization you require.

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Course Abstract
Course Brochure
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