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Cloud Strategy Boot Camp

  • Tuition USD $1,595
  • Reviews star_rate star_rate star_rate star_rate star_half 4819 Ratings
  • Course Code CLOUDSTRATBC
  • Duration 2 days
  • Available Formats Classroom, Virtual

An effective cloud strategy is much more than just picking a cloud provider, creating an application migration plan, or having a listing of allowable cloud services. Instead, an effective cloud strategy begins with your company’s business goals and objectives. From there, a cloud strategy aligns those goals with the full set of activities needed to govern, manage, and use cloud services effectively. Here’s the challenge, though: How do you create a cloud strategy without expert knowledge of the technology itself while avoiding costly missteps?

  • This course equips you with the knowledge necessary to develop a cloud strategy from scratch. Migrating to the cloud is a common initiative or desire in companies but doing so doesn’t magically generate value. Additionally, effectively using cloud technology differs from traditional on-premises computing in several key ways. To help you navigate these issues, this course will begin with the central concepts of cloud computing. Next, you’ll learn how to create a cloud strategy starting from your goals and moving forward to assessing your readiness and evaluating your portfolio of services. Last, you’ll learn how to plan for application migration and successful operation in a hybrid operating environment. Moving to the cloud is a journey that will take months or years, and it’s best you know that up front. That said, there’s a place in the cloud for your company, and this course will set you out on that journey armed for success.

Skills Gained

  • Improve your cloud adoption practices
  • Assess your cloud readiness
  • Develop a communications plan for your cloud journey
  • Align benefits and risks with desired outcomes
  • Refine governance, security, and risk processes
  • Evaluate corporate staffing and resource policies
  • Apply cloud migration decision framework

Who Can Benefit

This course is for technology and business leaders involved in the development, coordination, or management of their organization's cloud strategy.

  • Senior Executives/Managers
  • IT Leadership
  • Development Managers
  • Development Leads
  • System Operations Administrators
  • Solution Architects

Course Details

Part 1: Fundamentals of Cloud Computing

Tenets of Cloud Computing

  • What makes something “cloud”?
  • The five tenets
  • Why the five tenets are so difficult in practice
  • The cloud mindset

Cloud Deployment Models

  • Types of providers
  • Public
  • Private
  • Hybrid
  • Combining providers
  • Single
  • Multi-cloud
  • Choosing among provider types
  • Using cloud providers securely

Cloud Service Models

  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a service (PaaS)
  • Software as a service (SaaS)
  • Serverless

Communicating Your Cloud Journey

  • Share your cloud strategy
  • Don’t ignore the people side of strategy success
  • Stay connected regularly and be available
  • Expect challenges and doubters
  • Celebrate your successes and share lessons learned
  • Exercise: Develop a communications plan

Part 2: Cloud Strategy Overview

What Is Cloud Strategy?

  • What it is (and isn’t)
  • Relation to other strategies and plans
  • Once you have one, now what?

From Business Vision to Cloud Strategy

  • Desired business outcomes
  • Potential benefits
  • Potential risks
  • The rise of bimodal IT
  • Business-specific factors
  • Exercise: Align benefits and risks with desired outcomes

Cloud Strategy Council

  • What is it?
  • Why do you need one?
  • Who’s on it?

Services Model

  • Consume
  • Build
  • Broker
  • Hybrid Management
  • Exercise: Develop sample services model

Financial Models

  • How pricing works for cloud services
  • Is cloud cheaper?
  • CapEx vs. OpEx


  • Why principles matter
  • Common cloud principles
  • How to choose yours
  • Exercise: Select cloud principles for sample case

Workload Inventory

  • The hard work of preparation
  • Exercise: Complete a sample workload inventory

Establish Governance Model

  • Importance of cloud governance
  • Layers of governance
  • Enterprise architecture
  • Technical architecture
  • Application architecture
  • Data architecture
  • Risk and compliance
  • Legal compliance
  • Industry compliance
  • Internal policies
  • Cloud center of excellence

Staffing, Resource, and Training Impacts

  • Assessment of roles needed and impacted
  • Evaluate corporate staffing and resource policies
  • Exercise: Complete a sample training plan

Exit Strategy

  • Why it’s critical to have one
  • Contracts
  • Data ownership and retention
  • Potential risks and issues

Part 3: Beginning Cloud Adoption

Cloud Adoption Framework

  • Assess
  • Perform
  • Extend
  • Improve

Assess Your Cloud Readiness

  • Initiating your adoption planning
  • Conducting cloud readiness assessments inventorying
  • Interpreting readiness results
  • Moving from assessment to action plan
  • Exercise: Complete a sample readiness assessment

Cloud Migration Decision Framework: The 6Rs

  • Replace
  • Refactor
  • Rehost
  • Retain
  • Retire
  • Replatform
  • Exercise: Apply cloud migration decision framework to a sample case

Select Your First Cloud Service

  • Prioritize candidate services
  • Select candidates for your first cloud service
  • Assess service criticality of each candidate
  • Assess risk and benefit of each candidate
  • Decide on the first cloud service
  • Architect selected cloud service
  • Cloud native
  • 12 factor app methodology
  • Exercise: Rearchitect sample architecture for cloud migration
  • Evaluate cost and return
  • Maximize your cloud value
  • Avoid surprise bills
  • Use demand forecasting effectively
  • Trade off space and time to save money
  • Hit your uptime targets without breaking the bank
  • Assess benefits of cloud service
  • Operational efficiencies or agility
  • Changes in staffing and skill sets
  • Operations
  • Development
  • Security
  • Expected cost savings from infrastructure
  • Determine costs of cloud services
  • Assessing impact on staff resources
  • Compute cloud service costs
  • Throughput
  • Compute time
  • Scalability
  • Resiliency
  • Exercise: Estimate cost for sample architecture for public cloud providers

Part 4: Extending and Improving Adoption

Assess Hybrid Operating Challenges

  • Development and testing
  • Development toolchain
  • Debugging in the cloud
  • Testing
  • Operations
  • The rise of SRE
  • Moving administration up the stack
  • Aligning cloud service monitoring and on-premises monitoring
  • Survey of SRE vendors and tools
  • Security
  • Incident and event management
  • Auditing
  • Policy enforcement
  • Penetration testing
  • Threat assessment and modeling
  • Vulnerability management
  • Identity and access controls
  • The continuum of identity from on-premises to IDaaS
  • Understand the benefits and trade-offs of IAM protocols
  • Identity as the new edge
  • The hidden costs of identity in SaaS
  • Survey of cloud IAM vendors
  • Environment management
  • Moving from on-premises environments to cloud environments
  • Hybrid environment challenges
  • Configuration management
  • Impact of cloud service models on configuration
  • Storing secrets securely
  • Managing secrets over time
  • Monitoring for drift
  • Survey of configuration management vendors and tools
  • Deployment and release management
  • A new philosophy of release management
  • Separating deployment from release
  • Monitor and recover from failed deployments
  • Data management
  • Implement proper security controls
  • Plan a successful data migration effort
  • Establish audit and traceability
  • Analysis and reporting from the cloud
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Evaluate business continuity procedures
  • Evaluate disaster recovery procedures

Improve Cloud Adoption Practices

  • Conduct regular retrospectives
  • Improve automation
  • Manage workloads
  • Refine governance, security, and risk processes
  • Train and develop staff
  • Monitor cloud consumption
  • Perform ongoing security and risk assessments

Part 5: Wrap Up

  • Our Cloud Strategy Journey
  • What To Do Now
  • Final Thoughts

When does class start/end?

Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.

How can someone reach me during class?

If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.

What languages are used to deliver training?

Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.

What does GTR stand for?

GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

What does vendor-authorized training mean?

As a vendor-authorized training partner, we offer a curriculum that our partners have vetted. We use the same course materials and facilitate the same labs as our vendor-delivered training. These courses are considered the gold standard and, as such, are priced accordingly.

Is the training too basic, or will you go deep into technology?

It depends on your requirements, your role in your company, and your depth of knowledge. The good news about many of our learning paths, you can start from the fundamentals to highly specialized training.

How up-to-date are your courses and support materials?

We continuously work with our vendors to evaluate and refresh course material to reflect the latest training courses and best practices.

Are your instructors seasoned trainers who have deep knowledge of the training topic?

ExitCertified instructors have an average of 27 years of practical IT experience. They have also served as consultants for an average of 15 years. To stay up to date, instructors will at least spend 25 percent of their time learning new emerging technologies and courses.

Do you provide hands-on training and exercises in an actual lab environment?

Lab access is dependent on the vendor and the type of training you sign up for. However, many of our top vendors will provide lab access to students to test and practice. The course description will specify lab access.

Will you customize the training for our company’s specific needs and goals?

We will work with you to identify training needs and areas of growth.  We offer a variety of training methods, such as private group training, on-site of your choice, and virtually. We provide courses and certifications that are aligned with your business goals.

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Will I get access to content after I complete a course?

You will get access to the PDF of course books and guides, but access to the recording and slides will depend on the vendor and type of training you receive.

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