Professional Cloud Solutions Architect

Professional Level


Why get certified?

CCC’s PCSA designation is a globally recognized certification for technology architects. Solution Architects need to understand the impact that cloud is having on business and information architecture, application design, data management and security architecture and be very familiar with the topology and ecosystems that are being created as a result of increasing adoption of cloud technologies and operating models. The Cloud Solution Architect certification is designed for senior technology professionals who are architecting and designing the future generation of technology solutions.


What is the CCC Professional Cloud Solutions Architect certification?

Enhance your career by earning the Professional Cloud Solutions Architect (PCSA) certification from the Cloud Credential Council (CCC)-globally known as the standard of achievement for those who architect cloud-based solutions. Organizations that employ PCSAs will have experts on board that can help maximize the business opportunities that cloud is creating.

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What topics are covered in a CCC Professional Cloud Solutions Architect certification course?

Get an understanding of the history behind the shift from computing to cloud computing, take into account the impact of the historical context on cloud architecture design:

– Pros and cons of utility computing, grid computing and cloud computing
– The shift from virtualization to cloud.
– Internet, sustainability, energy awareness and the emergence of tablets and smart devices on business.
– Analyzes cloud-related monetization strategies and charging mechanisms.

Establish the business, social, legal and commercial impacts of cloud computing and apply the understanding to cloud architecture design:

– Innovative models and new forms of sourcing in creating cloud solutions.
– Key risk, security and legal issues inherent in applying cloud solutions.
– Outlines the correct variant architecture solutions in case-study scenarios.

– Explain the implications of operating “as a service”, factor in the relevant key engineering concepts to architectures.
– Paradigm shifts and reference architectures and standards.
– Practical difference between resource pooling and load 
– Deployment model and service type in a given scenario.
– Pros and cons of the differing cloud solution architectures and their features.

Discuss the consumer and provider perspectives that have undergone radical changes as a result of cloud computing so that you can use new cloud-enabled business models:
– New cloud-enabled solution models (e.g., composite mash-up web apps, mobile, BYOD, Big Data).
– Deployment channel models (hosting, reselling, management cloud) on architecting cloud solutions.
– Architecture options for different sized businesses based on a range of impact factors.

Establish the relevant organizational and service, address situations in which the control and management of the architecture may be federated and/or involve multiple parties and technologies using new cloud-enabled business models:

– Control and management issues in different cloud deployment solutions.
– Cloud life cycles.
– Cloud solution characteristics for different deployment solution models.

Focus on the issues involved in moving from non-cloud to cloud solutions, effectively advise and guide a successful transition:

– Key features and issues of “running your business in the cloud” and “running IT as a business”.
– Issues involved in certification and accreditation of a cloud solution.
– Strategies to maximize the enablers and minimize the barriers of adopting cloud 
computing as a business option.

Explore the perspective of the cloud consumer, take it into account when architecting a cloud environment:

– Business features of a consumer cloud solution architecture.
– Prepare and plan a specific consumer cloud environment for a given scenario.
– Key steps in setting up a consumer cloud environment.

– Explore the perspective of the cloud provider, take it into account when architecting a cloud environment:
– Key business features of a provider cloud solution architecture.
– Specific cloud provider environment for a given scenario.
– Key steps in setting up a provider cloud environment.

Cover the interconnected nature of the different elements of the cloud ecosystem understand the bigger picture and consider how providers and consumers and intermediaries can play different roles in this landscape:
– Impact of wider concepts such as the “Internet of Things” and the “Internet of Everything” on the process of architecting cloud solutions.
– Macro- and micro drivers of business and technology ecosystems.
– Changes for different stakeholders and investors.
– Roles of consumer, provider and intermediary in the context of broader governance and policy.

Explore both the existing and new generation of workloads that exist in today’s cloud enabled digital ecosystem, utilize the full range of architecture and business model solutions:

– Historical development of cloud computing.
– Future path to new cloud ecosystem solutions.
– Types of XaaS solutions and service options and how functional and non-functional criteria can be determined.
– Available options in XaaS that can be combined in strategic, capability and functional architectures, giving examples by technology and vertical industry exemplars.

Consider the role of the solution architect and balance the perspectives of provider, consumer and intermediary:

– Key design principles of XaaS and types of deployment scenarios.
– Demand, supply and channel profiles and solution fit criteria in a given scenario.
– Compare multiple solutions with inputs from technology, organizational and strategic implications.
– Make vs. Buy, Write vs. Rent.


About the Author

Mark Skilton is the CEO and Founder of Synthetic Spheres. He has held senior global director internal and external consulting positions in Information Technology in numerous international industries and organizations.

Mark has over 30 years experience in a wide variety of customer facing and provider solutions strategies and consults on a boa rd level in operating model transformations and value creation. Next to his own business, he is also a Professor in Information Systems Management and innovation at Warwick Business School . Last, but not least, he is the Lead Author of the Professional Clo ud Solution Architect Certificate for the Cloud Credential Council.

Certification Course Terminology:

All terminology, Reference Architectures, Security Reference Architectures used in the certification courses are based on NIST ( cloud computing definitions.


PCSA Certification Course Prerequisites:

There are no formal prerequisites; however, it is recommended that participants have achieved the Cloud Technology Associate certification (or its equivalent) from the Cloud Credential Council and that participants are familiar with key cloud concepts and terminology.

Where can I take the PCSA Certification course?

CCC Certification courses are regularly offered in conjunction with major cloud conferences such as Cloud World Forum, Cloud Expo, and many others across the globe. CCC certification courses are also offered by technology vendors member companies and training partners. For the latest listing of certification courses offered at cloud conferences, technology vendors, and training partners please visit our global course calendar.