Assessing Cloud Proposals
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As organizations adopt a cloud first strategy in public cloud there are solutions that are still better suited to private cloud or on-premises.

Cloud solutions should map to your organization’s Cloud Strategy. They should be sustainable technically and financially. They should meet security and risk criteria.

Discover a framework for doing cloud assessments.

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Cloud Centre of Excellence
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The cloud is more complex than IT on premises. Employees must be more knowledgeable and skilled.

Learn how to setup a cloud centre of excellence (CCoE) to manage a knowledge-base and assist your organization in maturing its cloud capabilities. A CCoE defines a common set of best practices and work standards. It assesses your organization’s maturity profile against these best practices and work standards. It provides guidance and support, tools and templates and training in implementing these best practices and work standards.

Without a CCoE cloud adoption will be haphazard, uncoordinated, slow, and will not deliver long-term benefits or digital transformation. Think of a CCoE as a type of portfolio management for assigning human and budget resources to cloud development.

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Risk Management Workshop
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This intensive one-day workshop introduces project managers to the principles and practice of project risk management in 18 modules. It demonstrates the application of formal risk management, encourages integration of risk management into project management and illustrates the benefits.

In-class exercises provide practice in applying risk management to real-world situations, with an emphasis on cloud-computing risks.

At the end of this workshop you will feel confident in leading risk management on enterprise projects.

Topics covered are:

  • Introduction to Risk Management
    • Definition of “risk”
    • Common causes of risk
    • Key steps in risk management
  • Risk Management Process
    • Identify
    • Analyse
    • Plan
    • Track
  • Risk Identification
    • Search for risks
    • State the risk in a standard syntax
    • Document the risk description
  • Risk Analysis
    • Classify the risk
    • Merge similar risks
    • Assess the value
    • Prioritize risks
  • Risk Action Planning
    • Select risks for action
    • Identify mitigation approach
    • Develop mitigation actions
    • Outline contingency plan
Strategic Direction Seminar
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To support your continued growth in the global market we provide executive-level technology consulting. Our thought leaders engage with your business and technology executives to formulate cloud strategies that support digital transformation and the creation of complex hybrid and cloud native environments.

Our strategic services encompass strategic advice, governance, architecture, cost control, roadmap creation, assessment, migration, process transformation, cloud native development and the operation of hybrid IT and multi-cloud platforms.

  • Lead executive-level strategy and envisioning sessions.
  • Formulate a cloud strategy that will achieve your desired outcomes.
  • Work with you to describe a cloud journey having a focus on real business value.
  • Help your cloud teams navigate complex transformational journeys to deliver a rich value stream.
  • Guide your technology approach across the IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Digital Platform and Cloud Native landscape.
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Cost Control Workshop
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Cloud costs have a major impact on operational spending. Cost control is the #1 issue with cloud spending. In this workshop we bring together technical managers and developers to understand where costs go, and how they escalate. Working together they will learn how to manage cost elements and apply the techniques of cost control in the cloud. This workshop can be delivered on site.

Areas covered are:

  • Cost challenge
  • Introduction to cost optimization
  • Charge back models
  • Review cloud spending
  • Optimize compute
  • Optimize storage
  • Optimize data transfer
  • Use triggers
  • Service catalogue
  • Evaluate design decisions

Related course: Financial Management


Security Awareness
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Much is said about cloud security but one of the leading causes of data breaches is insider risk or internal negligence due to poor training in security awareness.

Educating and instructing staff on the proper security awareness practices will reduce the risk of cyberattacks or data leaks. Security awareness training can reduce your risk more than just the use of modern cloud security software and best security practices.

This in-depth course with more than 60 topics is one of the most complete around.

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Cloud Funding Model
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Organizations face a financial challenge in funding cloud projects: how do we get from a funding model that uses capital expenditures (CapX) to one that uses operational expenses (OpX). IT projects were always long-term capital investments, usually based on a 10-year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) financial analysis; whereas cloud services are recurring subscriptions taxed as an operational expense. The cloud service life cycle is more like three years than 10.

Capital investments are for purchasing assets. For tax purposes, they are depreciated over a period of years. However, cloud subscriptions are taxed in the year incurred as an operational expense paid out of the annual budget. Operational expenses can be fixed, like rent, or variable. Cloud services are a variable expense based on usage. How do you manage this?

Cloud funding model describes how to transition from a CapX model for IT to a sustainable OpX model for cloud subscriptions.

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General Data Privacy Regulation
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Organizations doing business in the European Union must comply with the GDPR to protect the personal data and privacy of residents of EU countries.

This applies to an organization located anywhere in the world that wishes to do business with a resident of the European Union.

This course is intended for web start-ups to help them understand the minimum organisational, administrative and technical controls that should be in place to implement the data protection principles of the GDPR.

You can best get a more detailed discussion of the GDPR by reading the regulation itself, which is written in plain language.

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Executive Seminar on Cloud Governance
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Catching the Wave is an overview for executives of cloud governance and accountability in cloud projects. Over the course of half a day you will gain an understanding of the extraordinary wave of change brought about by ‘the world as software code’, which threatens to overwhelm our capacity to guide technology.

To manage this business transformation, we provide you with the tools and conceptual framework to drive this organizational change. In 12 modules you will review the basic cloud types and deployment models, and the benefits of the cloud. You will learn a comprehensive governance and accountability framework for the cloud based on the five principles of alignment, value delivery, resource management, risk management and performance management. Finally, we present a high-level roadmap for implementing a governance framework.

Take-aways include an eBook presenting a  Cloud Governance Framework.

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Choosing the Right Cloud
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Choosing the right cloud type and cloud deployment model starts with categorization of data based on business value and the assignment of an appropriate Security Control Profile. Only then can you choose the right Cloud Service Model for deployment.

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Developing a Cloud Business Case
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Writing a cloud business case can be difficult. Many organizations want to see a 10-year TCO comparison with the equivalent on-premises infrastructure. This ignores the fundamental difference between one-time capital expenditures for depreciated physical assets and ongoing operational expenses for annual subscriptions.

Cloud services are also evolving constantly, so anything longer than three years is fiction. After three years you will be forced to use a constant cost or one that increases with inflation; whereas real cloud prices could be going down. Fiction.

Conversely, while using the cloud is usually gross less expensive it can be net more expensive over the longer term. This is because of the loss of tax advantage in depreciation. For this reason, on larger cloud projects, you may still need a 10-year TCO and the services of an accountant to help with the calculations.

Learn how to manage these issues and others in an effective business case that demonstrates business value. A business case should be as succinct as possible, so don’t feel that you need to include every topic described in this course.

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Applying Cloud Governance Principles
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Applying Cloud Governance Principles presents an oversight framework for the IT cloud based on five basic governance principles, and Agile and Lean practices.

The framework is based on best industry practices, and is mature with >60 checklists to ensure a practical and effective governance process. It will be challenging to adopt in organizations wedded to linear thinking and/or a classical waterfall environment for projects. Adopting the framework will enable digital transformation.

Assessment phase

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To enable digital transformation, module 7 uses the cloud life cycle to organize the governance checklists for easy look-up during daily work. A worker can navigate to an activity and find the related checklists. Checklists such as CL-04 are displayed in drop-down fashion and can be printed if desired. Module 7 includes GDPR checklists.

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Digital Transformation
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The cloud, along with mobile, is central to digital transformation but it is not easy to change large organizations. Discover how to overcome challenges in cost management; security; project management; and how to plan for success and drive cultural change.

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Cloud Project Management
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This course assumes you have some general project management knowledge. The first half provides background on digital transformation and how this provides context for large or enterprise cloud projects. The second half uses the cloud life cycle to show how to control project gating more efficiently.
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Developing a Cloud Strategy
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An enterprise-wide cloud strategy should make an organization far more successful in achieving its vision for digital transformation, and at using the cloud to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase business agility and responsiveness.

A strategy is important because each type of cloud service responds to different needs. There is no single cloud approach that is best for everyone. That’s why each business should develop its own cloud strategy.

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Financial Management
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At the concept stage of a cloud project it is usual to do a preliminary cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to assess the feasibility of the proposal.

Procuring cloud services requires an understanding of the unique nature of the cloud and cost control compared to the purchase of classical information technology.

Critical success factors (CSF) in implementing governance, and especially in the transition to cloud, are transparency and tracking of cost, desired benefits and performance related to the desired outcome.

A periodic review of cloud governance should verify that policies and procedures exist to ensure that a cloud solution has a return on investment and contributes to cost containment (including chargeback), continuous cost optimization, and relevant cost controls for managing usage and billing.

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Cloud Governance Introduction
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IT governance is well established with a wide choice of frameworks. Cloud governance is less well developed. Although it is closely related to IT governance it has many concerns that are different. It’s possible to adapt existing frameworks like ITIL but better still to adopt lean and agile principles that align with the business and add value.

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Wave of Change
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An extraordinary wave of change brought about by the cloud and the world as software code threatens to overwhelm our capacity to guide technology in our organizations. This third phase of computing dates from the early 2000’s, when global computer networks like the Internet and the web browser gave birth to today’s mobile and hyperscale computing world.

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The challenge for everyone is that the third wave is not a simple thing to wrap your head around. It’s a synthesis of many different ideas and technologies that have come together to create this thing we call the cloud.

The cloud gives us the capability to innovate, reduce costs and react to sudden changes in ways that are not possible with infrastructure on-premises.

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