Cloud Knowledge Fundamentals Course Series
PCA 3001 (Classroom) ~~ PCA 3002 (Virtual Classroom) ~~ PCA 3003 (Distance Learning)

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The Cloud Knowledge Fundamentals course is designed for a technical audience, those who are responsible for the architecture, planning, implementation and operations of a Cloud migration.

Course learning emphasis

This course provides clarity of perception and comprehension of how Cloud Computing works, its benefits and pitfalls are essential knowledge components for every technical decision and activity for, or in the Cloud.

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 strategic, tactical and operational 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.

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Auditors, operations managers and their teams, and IT development management and all teams involved with implementing 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 functions
  2. Cloud drivers
    A brief review of the prevailing business issues underlying decisions to move to the Cloud.
  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. Facts, barriers and risks
    Identify the facts, barriers and risks up front; then you can make effective Cloud Computing decisions!
  5. Cloud model definitions
    Ensure that you fully understand recognize the business values of the four Cloud Business Models:
    • Private Cloud
    • Public Cloud
    • Community Cloud
    • Hybrid Cloud

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Course delivery logistics

The Cloud Knowledge Fundamentals course can be delivered in any of our standard delivery options.

Course # Learning delivery methodology Course duration Class size
PCA 3001 Classroom:
Classroom-based facilitator-led and delivered lectures, group discussions, discovery and experiential learning sessions, comprehension quizzes and group and team learning interactive exercises.
6 hour delivery and exercise session Min: 5
Max: 16
PCA 3002 Virtual Classroom:
Facilitator-led Internet-enabled audio and visual lectures, group discussions, comprehension quizzes and group and team learning interactive exercises.
5 hour delivery session Min: 5
Max: 25
PCA 3003 Distance learning:
Facilitator-led Internet-enabled audio and visual lectures with a ten minute question and answer period at the end of each session.
Three 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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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 to plan for any customization you require.

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Course Data Sheet