CLOUD COMPUTING PRIMER FOR ICT PROFESSIONALS – GTC2

Course Description

Every few years, a major shift in computing and Information Technology strategy comes along. One of the latest such innovations is Cloud Computing. Part technology innovation and part financial strategy, Cloud Computing holds tremendous potential for organizations of all shapes and sizes.

This course provides foundational knowledge in Cloud Computing components, foundational technologies, architecture, design, and business value. Attendees are provided with a broad survey of Cloud Computing concepts and given an opportunity to explore Cloud from multiple angles. Concepts are reinforced through analysis of real world case studies and group discussion.

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Duration

One day

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Target Audience

General audience including technology team leadership.

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Course Prerequisites

For experienced ICT Professionals.

If you have any questions or doubts as to whether you meet the pre-requisites for this course, or indeed are wondering which course best suits you, please consult with us to discuss your suitability for course attendance.

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Suggested Follow on Courses

There are a number of options of suitable follow-on courses, depending on your business needs. Please Contact Us for further details.

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Course Content

1. THE RISE OF THE CLOUD

Where did Cloud Computing originate?

Cloud Computing

Wikipedia Entry

Five Attributes of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Examples

The Cloud Computing Spectrum

Understanding by Analogy

What is so special about Cloud?

Synergy is Powerful

Moving to the cloud

By the Numbers

 

2. CLOUD COMPUTING VALUE PROPOSITION

Why does Cloud matter?

Cloud Value Proposition

Cloud Value Business Case #1

Cloud Value Business Case #2

Cloud Value Business Case #3

Cloud Value Business Case #4

Cloud Business Cases

Do Clouds Compute?

1. Select Expected Benefits

2. Identify applicable cost scenario

3. Calculate initial, simple return

4. Calculate returns for on-going usage

3. CLOUD COMPUTING COMPONENTS

The Cloud Computing Stack

Cloud Computing Components

Tightly Coupled Enterprise

Breaking the Silos

Understanding SOA

Applying SOA to the Cloud

Cloud Computing without SOA

Cloud Component – Virtualization

Applying Virtualization to the Cloud

Cloud Component – SaaS

Applying SaaS to the Cloud

Web 2.0 Should I upgrade?

Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0

Applying Web 2.0 to the Cloud

4. CATEGORIZING CLOUDS

Consider the kind of cloud

Cloud Scope Public clouds

Cloud Scope Private clouds

Cloud Scope Hybrid clouds

Discussing Cloud Scope

Cloud Types

Discussing Cloud Types

Intersection of Scope & Type

Cloud Role

Discussing Cloud Categories

5. REAL WORLD CASE STUDY ANALYSIS

Case Study – Amazon

Amazon EC2 Value

Discussing Amazon

Case Study TuneCore

TuneCore s Value

Discussing TuneCore

Case Study Salesforce.com

Salesforce.com Value

Discussing SalesForce

Case Study Google Apps

Google Apps Value

Discussing Google

Case Study Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes Value

Discussing Pitney Bowes

6. CLOUD RISKS AND RISK MITIGATION

Failure-As-A-Service

Service Reliability

Service Quality

Secure Cloud Calling

Problem Resolution

Data Back-up

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Provisioning

The Scale of Scale

Financial Management

Managing Service Levels

Redundancy / Failover

Vendor Lock-In

Liability

Security

Identifying Cloud-ready Solutions

Governing Cloud Services

Business alignment

Asset Ownership

Contract-driven Services

Financial Management and Tracking

Governance and Risk Mitigation

Some Best Practices

Summary 1/2

Summary 2/2

7. ADOPTING YOUR VERY OWN CLOUD

How can my organization explore Cloud?

Cloud Adoption Best Practices

Cloud Adoption Phase 1

1. Identify your business drivers

2. Get Educated

3. Articulate a Value Proposition

4. Define one or more scenarios

Cloud Adoption Phase 1

Cloud Adoption Phase 2

5. Produce a Road Map

6. Gain Stakeholder Buy-in

Cloud Adoption Phase 2

Cloud Adoption Phase 3

7. Establish Governance

8. Invest in Infrastructure

9. Cloud Pilot

Scoping the Pilot Project

Pilot Project Scope (cont d)

10. Enterprise Roll-out

Start small and grow incrementally

Summary

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