Building Cloud Business Course Series
PCA 8001 (Classroom) ~~ PCA 8002 (Virtual Classroom) ~~ PCA 8003 (Distance Learning)

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“Total IT services related to Cloud Computing will grow to US$8 trillion by 2013.”
Source: Gartner

The Building Cloud Business course is focused on providing the knowledge necessary to make smart, effective and ultimately successful business decisions on taking your own products or services to the Cloud. It starts by looking at the Cloud from a business perspective: what problems can the Cloud solve for you and your customer. 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 your customer should use in selecting a Cloud Service Provider, and lists some good sources of knowledge on the Cloud.

The Building Cloud Business course is also included as part of our Building Cloud Business Services.

Course learning emphasis

The Cloud is here to stay, and every prediction is that its growth will be phenomenal. Can your business take advantage of that revenue potential?

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 on whether you can take your products and services to the Cloud, in what order, and how.

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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 for your customers
  • 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 by taking their business to the Cloud.

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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. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs)
    CSPs are a key component of anyone's journey to the Cloud. Whether you want to become a CSP, need to partner with one or more, or want to help your customers choose the best candidate, this module helps you understand the issues around shopping for the right CSP.
  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 Building Cloud Business course can be delivered in any of our standard delivery options.

Course # Learning delivery methodology Course duration Class size
PCA 8001 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 8002 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
-- or --
Two 3-hour delivery sessions over two days
Min: 5
Max: 25
PCA 8003 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
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