Professional Cloud Solutions Architect

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The Professional Cloud Solutions Architect certification equips solution architects with insights and familiarity with the topology and ecosystems that are being created as a result of cloud technology adoption and operating models. 

Organizations want to leverage cloud computing to it’s full potential, which is changing architecture requirements. Professionals who are defining the architecture of future generation technology solutions need to grasp these changes and approaches to facilitate the needs in the solutions architecture.

The PCSA syllabus outlines the impact of cloud on business and information architecture, application design, data management, and security architecture.


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There is no prerequisite for this course. It is recommended that participants have passed the CCC Cloud Technology Associate or hold the equivalent certification/experience.

● Why Cloud – Shift from Computing to Cloud Computing
● Basics of Cloud Computing
● SOA and Cloud

● Impact on Business and IT Models
● Impact on Change – Business, IT Transition, and Transformational Drivers
● New Business Models – Custom Versus Product
● Comparison of Make, Buy, and Rent
● Value and Monetization Impact
● Security, Risk, and Compliance Impact

● Protocols, Interfaces, and Frameworks
● Web of Devices and Web of Services
● Internet, Internetworking, and Telecommunications
● Data Centers, Facilities, and Fabric
● Cloud Technology Components

● The Architecture Layers
● Cloud Solution Architectures: XaaS
● Cloud Reference Architecture Principles
● Consumer and Provider Reference Architecture
● Cloud Security Reference Architectures
● Industry Reference Architecture Standards

● Key Concepts of Cloud Service Lifecycle
● Key Cloud Computing Lifecycle
● Sourcing and Provisioning Lifecycle
● Product and Custom Service Lifecycle
● DevOps Lifecycle
● Service Management Lifecycle
● Cloud Governance Lifecycle

● Benefits, Challenges, Opportunities, and Barriers
● Investors’ and Stakeholders’ Expectations
● TCO Models
● Impact of Cloud on Business Operating Models
● Impact of Cloud on Legacy IT
● Impact of Cloud on Migration and Transformation
● Cloud Transformation and Innovation

● Key Consumer Processes for Cloud
● Consumer Usage Models and Scenarios
● Key Consumer Solution Architecture Features

● Cloud provider processes to set up a cloud environment
● Cloud provider usage models and scenarios
● Cloud provider solution architecture features

● Cloud Ecosystem – Introduction
● Internet of Things
● Business and Technology Ecosystems and Drivers
● Entities and Ecosystems – Cloud Interactive Ecosystem Language

● XaaS Solutions and the Architecture Landscape
● XaaS Solution Definitions
● Make, Buy, Subscribe, and Reuse Options Analysis
● Cloud ROI and TCO Models

● Cloud Solution Requirements
● Cloud Fit Selection
● Cloud Solution Architecture Specification
● Cloud Business Case
● Cloud Implementation Roadmap

Exam Format: Closed-book
Questions: 25 Scenario based, complex multiple choice
Passing Score: 65%
Exam Duration: 75 minutes
Proctoring: Live/Webcam

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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.