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CCC is supporting the IoT Day

In March, the CCC launched our new IoT foundation certification. The IoT foundation covers areas including:

  • IoT Concepts and Terminology
  • IoT business Orientation
  • Basic Building Blocks of IoT & IoT Architecture
  • Enabling technologies of IoT & IoT Lab (Hands-on)
  • IoT Security and Key Governance Issues
  • IoT Case Studies & Future Predictions

We are excited to announce that IoT foundation courses are already being scheduled by our training partners across the world.

Did you know that Monday April 9th is International IoT day organised by the IoT Council?

In their own words, International IoTDay is an open invitation to the Internet of Things community to participate in an event, host a hackaton, or just share a beer/coffee with a friend or fellow collaborator focused around IoT and its implications.

The CCC is proud to be supporting International IoT day on Monday April 9th 2018. To mark the recent launch of the CCC IoT Foundation course and exam, the CCC is offering all attendees of an IoTDay event the opportunity to register for a FREE exam voucher for out IoT foundation course.

To participate and be eligible for a free IoT exam voucher, do one of the following:

  1. Attend a physical IoT event
  2. Attend a virtual IoT event

All registered events are listed here www.iotday.org/events

We will provide details of how to register for the free IoT Exam voucher to the IoT council who will share with the event organisers.

The CCC are very excited to be involved with, and supporting, International IoTDay on Monday 9th April 2018. We will be joining events ourselves both physically and virtually, and will be active on social media throughout the day. Looking forward to collaborating with the international IoT community on the 9th April.

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CCC Appoints New Managing Director

The Board of Directors of the CCC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark O’Loughlin as Managing Director, effective immediately.

Mark O’Loughlin brings 20 years’ experience in the IT industry to the CCC, most recently as Managing Director of consulting firm Red Circle Strategies and previously as Head of Advisory, Consulting, and Training with a focus on business development, sales, marketing, service delivery and customer service.

“I am delighted to join the executive leadership team at the CCC. I look forward to driving and expanding the CCC’s global portfolio of vendor-neutral training and educational products, examinations and certifications while supporting our extensive global partner and client network. I am also looking forward to driving innovations into the marketplace through the CCC, and expanding how the CCC can help organizations succeed in delivering their business goals by using the latest digital capabilities, emerging technologies and new-world thinking” says O’Loughlin.

O’Loughlin is a recognized industry leader in the field of IT management and cloud computing. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Red Circle Strategies which specializes in providing advisory, consulting, training and management services to business and IT organizations, with a focus on innovation and embracing digital disruption.

Author of two books, O’Loughlin has written ‘Professional Cloud Service Manager (PCSM),’ one of the core certifications provided by the CCC and ‘The Service Catalog’ published as part of the ITSM Best-Practice library. Mark is a professional keynote speaker, regularly asked to speak at conferences and events.  Mark is a former director at itSMF Ireland, a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society (FICS) and was one of the first people to be globally awarded the ITIL® Master accreditation.

“Mark brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the CCC. His appointment reflects the ambition of the Board of the CCC to grow our portfolio and support our partners and customer community. On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Mark to the CCC.” says Sukhbir Jasuja, Chairman CCC.

 

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ITSM, DevOps, Lean IT, Cloud – Better Together?

An exciting webinar itSMF USA has planned for May 17th. They have organised an expert panel representing IT Service Management, Cloud Computing and the Alliance Partners from the Lean IT Association (LITA) and the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA).

http://www.itsmfusa.org/graphics/logo.jpgOur expert panel will discuss the value of their individual portfolio’s while at the same time how ITSM, DevOps, Lean IT and Cloud are all essential elements for organisations looking to transform their business models. The webinar is on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM EDT – 4:30 CEST.  I will be conducting the interviews with our distinguished panel, which will include:

  • Robert Stroud, well-known itSMF USA contributor, Forrester Analyst, and ITSM SME represents ITSM and the itSMF on our  Expert Panel.
  • Mark O’Loughlin, author of the ITSM and Cloud Service Manager Course for the Cloud Credential Council, will champion the discussion on the role and importance of Cloud and Cloud Service Management.  
  • Mike Orzen, the Father of Lean IT, will discuss how Lean principles is as relevant today to enterprise IT, as it was when the automotive and manufacturing industries went through their own transformational journeys.
  • Troy DuMoulin, well known and respected VP of Research and Development for Pink Elephant will represent the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) and will discuss why investing in building in high-performance IT teams that possess the right skills and knowledge are critical to transforming to the new IT way of working.

Join us on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 10:30 AM EDT – 4:30 PM CEST                

Here’s the LINK to register. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2487698216507427841

Mariana Carroll Consulting Brings World Class Cloud Computing Competency and Skills to Africa

AFRICAN BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONALS CAN REACH NEW HEIGHTS WITH GLOBAL RECOGNIZED CLOUD TRAINING

Palo Alto, CA / Capetown, South Africa, 9 December 2016 – Mariana Carroll Consulting has partnered with the U.S. based Cloud Credential Council (CCC) to deliver the recognized portfolio of cloud certifications in South Africa. Dr. Mariana Carroll, founder and owner of specialist technology advisory and training firm, Mariana Carroll Consulting (MCC), understands the skills gap when it comes to emerging technologies. Her experience as an academic and advisor to both multinational enterprises and small – medium size businesses has put her in touch with the aspiring professionals and companies across (continental / South) Africa. The missing link? A shared set of best practices to reskill these aspiring professionals and ready their organizations to utilize cloud technologies effectively.

Africa’s professionals are ready to differentiate themselves and add that competitive edge to their careers. On the other end, businesses are struggling to fill gaps in cloud competence so as to leverage the benefits of cloud computing. The MCC team is passionate about equipping and empowering professionals through fit-for-purpose, practical training and globally accepted certifications to support in this pressing need.

Cloud computing is fast becoming the driver for efficiency, productivity and differentiation. The fast paced growth and adoption of emerging technologies is leaving a gap when it comes to cloud computing skills and capabilities. The demand for cloud skills and capabilities is growing daily, but the means to bridge this gap is lagging. To leverage the power of cloud-solutions and services, we need professionals with the right level of skills in business and technology. The partnership between MCC and the CCC offers a comprehensive solution to this problem through a broad, role-based, program of training and certification for the critical roles in cloud adoption. Asked about the partnership, “Our aim is simple – we want to be your value-adding partner” says Dr. Carroll.

To ensure best in class training, MCC offer web-linked, hybrid virtual and classroom training. Course participants situated in Johannesburg will be led by world-class instructors situated around the globe and supported by subject matter experts in the classroom to facilitate practical exercises and discussion. The courses are already being offered, available via the MCC website. Dr. Carroll will also be speaking at a webinar in cooperation with the CCC on Dec. 13, 2016 – register online to get an understanding of the African Cloud Skills Gap.

About Mariana Carroll Consulting

Mariana Carroll Consulting’s tailored training approach, extensive training portfolio and global partnership with the Cloud Credentials Council (CCC), a top certification institution, ensure that they deliver differentiating, value-add training services and solutions to bridge the competency gap. At Mariana Carroll Consulting, they are passionate about developing and enhancing cloud computing skills through fit-for-purpose training, providing practical applicability and relevancy, under-pinned by globally recognised certifications. They offer training and certifications to help you develop, validate and demonstrate professional cloud skills and expertise to your employers, project leaders, and clients.

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Liezl van Staden

Mariana Carroll Consulting

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Closing the African Cloud Skills and Capabilities Gap

Tuesday 13 December 2016
4:30 – 5:30 PM SAST / 15:30 – 16:30 CET
Mariana Carroll ConsultingOrganisations are, more than ever, willing, able and interested in taking advantage of the efficiencies cloud computing offers. In fact, cloud-solutions may be the leverage that Multi Nationals and local businesses across Africa need to combat the lack of cloud resources locally. The scarcity of technical talent is a significant concern across many industries. To address these challenges, management need to cultivate and invest in building their IT organisation of the future.

In this session, Dr. Mariana Carroll, discusses:

  • The primary strategic and resource challenges African businesses face.
  • How companies can reduce these barriers to implementing their cloud strategy and vision.
  • Provide practical steps to close the Cloud skills and capability gap.

About the Speaker

Mariana CarrollDr. Mariana Carroll, PhD in IT Governance and Risk Management, is a leading technology advisor and academic. Her research interests include Emerging Technologies, IT Management, IT Governance, IT Strategy and IT Effectiveness; she is also a speaker and author on the topics of Cloud Computing, Virtualization and IT Auditing. Her career spans consulting and training services and solutions around emerging technologies for large global corporations. She also holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship and serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the University of Pretoria Informatics Department. She previously launched and steered the Cloud Computing Centre of Excellence at Deloitte, and currently facilitates the CIO Transition Labs at Deloitte South Africa. Mariana’s professional career is built on her belief that knowledge and transformation are the two fundamental building blocks of any successful organisation and strives to add value to people by helping them excel at work.

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ITIL® in Cloud: ITSM Best Practices for Cloud Success

Successful cloud service management teams don’t need to reinvent their ITSM best practices and established technologies entirely. They can harness the advantages of ITSM disciplines to adopt innovative cloud technologies and methodologies successfully.

Kaimar Karu and Alex Hernandez drive the ITSM capabilities of IT professionals and organizations globally. We’re asking them;

  • How the most successful organizations are using their existing ITSM capabilities to perform in cloud.
  • What you need to know to adapt your ITSM and successfully adopt cloud.
  • The cloud service management skills and approaches for organizations to realize their cloud vision.

ITIL in Cloud

The Professional Cloud Service Manager (PCSM) Certification

Enables participants to design and deliver cloud services. The certification provides a hands-on, practical approach to understanding how cloud computing and cloud-based services impact operations, and how to adapt existing processes to deliver better services.

About the Speakers

Kaimar Karu AXELOSKaimar Karu is the Head of Product Strategy and Development at AXELOS. He and his team are focused on helping organizations and individuals get the most out of the frameworks and methodologies in the AXELOS portfolio, by combining established best practice with good and emergent practices and philosophies. Kaimar is an experienced ITSM and PPM practitioner who has a career background in various business and technical domains, including IT support and software development. He has a passion for education and taught in schools and universities before becoming a trainer, delivering courses for professionals in both the private and the public sectors across Europe. In 2013, Kaimar was elected president of itSMF Estonia, having served as a board member for five consecutive years. He’s now based in London, but is on the road most of the time working with ITIL practitioners globally.

Alex Hernandez SAPAlex Hernandez is Head of IT Service Management at SAP SuccessFactors. He spent over 15 years consulting Fortune 500 C-suite in IT service management, IT strategy, information security, business continuity and ServiceNow engagements. His global footprint spans the technology, media and entertainment, financial services and healthcare industries across Europe, Central and South America, and Asia Pacific including India. Alex was also a reviewer for the CCC Professional Cloud Service Manager syllabus during his time at Accenture, prior to his work as Director of CIO Advisory Services for KPMG US.

 

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Valnaos becomes first IT training organization launching the full CCC Cloud Certification Program in France

Palo alto, CA / Paris, France, 15 November 2016 – Valnaos IT Training & Consulting has joined the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) to provide critical cloud certification training in France. Valnaos is an established IT training organization specializing in digital transformation, under the leadership of CEO and Founder, Valerie Muziot, who has a 20 years experience in IT training and consulting. Valnaos is now focusing on extending this expertise to help professionals in the French market bring business value to enterprises through the appropriate Cloud and Big Data skills training.

The Cloud Credential Council’s global partner network is rapidly expanding as the need for cloud training and certification increases in industry. Valnaos is an integral partner in France spearheading the shared mission to build cloud competence. Valnaos will offer the international certification trainings in the french native language market, bringing forth the knowledge and best practices in Cloud and Big Data through its expert training team. Each training is personalized, providing in-depth attention to customers’ challenges. Trainers strive to increase to empower course participants with the skills and competences to truly innovate.

Valnaos is integrating the full CCC certification portfolio in its catalog to continue serving clients across IT, Health, Insurance, Telecom, Consulting, Insurance, French administration industries. Valnaos offers a mix of inter entreprises and intra entreprise sessions to diversify the learning experience for participants. EXIN, the globally renowned and one of the exam institute of the CCC, has mapped the certifications to the European e-Competences Framework (e-CF), establishing a universal competence standard that is applicable to a broader European audience.Valnaos’ upcoming CCC training sessions are available here.

About Valnaos
Valnaos is an IT Training Organization based in Paris, France. Specialist on trainings and consulting, Valnaos has established his expertise in IT Management & Organization and in Digital Transformation. Our customers are from all sector industry. Our aim is to advise our customers in the best trainings that respond to their need and increase the competence level of their IT professionals. Offering CCC trainings is the guarantee of quality and neutral vendor to get all technology knowledge needed. Visit www.valnaos.com for more information.

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Staying Relevant in a Disruptive Cloud Environment

Monday 12 December 2016
3:00 – 3:30 PM GMT / 10:00 – 10:30 AM EST

Cloudify Your Profile

Cloud computing is not only disrupting business and industry, but also our professional profiles across business and IT. While organizations scramble to attract cloud talent, professionals are equally baffled by how they can maintain their skills and remain relevant.

Industry recognised cloud leader, Ian Moyse, has been at the forefront of cloud computing for over a decade. In this webinar he provides insights on;

  • How cloud is disrupting IT and industry through cloud-enabled technologies.
  • What this means for job roles.
  • How you can adjust to keep up and remain relevant.

About the Speaker

Ian MoyseIan Moyse has been in the cloud sector over 10 years. During his time as Sales Director at Rackspace, he  was awarded by LinkedIn for his UK Tech Power Profile and recognized as UK Sales Director of the Year by the Institute of Sales and Marketing, 2015. He’s been named the #1 Social Influencer in Cloud by Onalytica twice, 2015 & 2016, and is listed in the Global Top 200 Cloud Experts by TalkinCloud. Ian sits on the board of Eurocloud UK & the Governance Board of the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF). Follow Ian on LinkedIn, Twitter and his blog, Cloud Matters.

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Cloud Myths & Takeaways From the Training Room Floor

Cloud training classes see various ‘myths’ coming in and replace the myths with key takeaways. These common misconceptions can otherwise lead to costly mistakes or missed opportunities if left unidentified. In this thirty-minute webinar we explore some of the cloud myths and takeaways often encountered on the cloud training room floor.

Get the highlights from what hundreds of cloud training participants from fortune 500 companies, federal and local government (including national security agencies) learned.

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About the Speaker

Bart CastleBart Castle is a leading Cloud Computing subject matter expert with over 15 years IT experience. An IT practitioner, consultant and instructor his work extends across Cloud Computing, Networking, Telephony, and traditional Data Center technologies. Bart has delivered close to a hundred cloud classes, split between the AWS and CCC programs. In combination with his training sessions in Networking and VOIP, he’s led hundreds of classes and coached thousands of participants since 2012. His participants from multinationals and fortune 500 companies including ADP, CBS, Kaiser Permanente, Cisco, Accenture, and Deloitte as well as the aforementioned U.S. government agencies.

Big Data Analytics & Enterprise Cloud Computing

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You’ve probably seen some cool data visualizations, and perhaps daydreamed of the day your organization’s data would be as easily computable. You’re not alone, many enterprises are falling behind the Big Data bandwagon and don’t all have clear direction to optimize their use of enterprise data as part of their cloud strategy.

Data is the “lifeblood of your business. It contains your organization’s history. And it’s trying to tell you something.” So, isn’t it time we pay attention?

In one hour, experienced data analyst Scott Mongeau, provides;

  • a brief introduction to the application of big data analytics in the organization
  • coverage of key trends in enterprise analytics (cloud analytics and solutions – SaaS, PaaS & IaaS focus)
  • insights on data analytics / data science skills for successful adoption and implementation

About the Speaker

Scott MongeauScott Mongeau is Senior Business Analytics Solutions Manager at SAS, industry leader in business analytics software and services. Scott has several years’ experience managing and consulting in decision and data analytics. He’s worked with large enterprises in data analytics roles, including, DSM, Accenture, Deloitte, and Roche, and holds MBA and INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) qualifications, amongst others.

New Offer Increases Accessibility of Certification Portfolio for Trainers

Training providers can now expand their cloud training portfolio more easily with a free trainer certification and accreditation package before October 31, 2016. The demand for cloud training and certification continues to grow. Creating a challenge for training providers to prepare trainers and onboard a cloud training program fast enough to meet this demand. With this offer, the CCC and EXIN aim to improve the efficiency and ease of preparing trainers and onboarding a cloud training program for training providers worldwide.

The CCC partner and member network is the platform from which we can jointly increase the accessibility and ease of adopting cloud standards training and certifications. With EXIN, one of the EI of the CCC, on board, we’re excited to meet the demand of a growing cloud certification market. This offer will enable training providers to make use of the services provided by EXIN, prepare their trainers, and begin delivering the relevant cloud training for their customers as soon as Q4 2016.

For more information on this offer and CCC accreditation please email info@cloudcredential.org

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Checklist for Competent Cloud Security Management

For successful cloud adoption, one needs to understand the risk vs the reward and know how to mitigate those risks. Cloud security has been a major barrier and challenge for organizations moving into the cloud. Fortunately studies show this security concern is somewhat lessened this year. However, cloud security still remains at the forefront of boardroom discussions and security breaches in news headlines and the concerns at the top of cloud agendas.

In this webinar Dr. Mariana Carroll, Cloud Advisor, Trainer and Consultant, will walk us through the necessary assessment checklist for secure cloud adoption.

This webinar is recommended for experienced cloud trainers, consultants and practitioners. 

About the Speaker

Mariana

Dr. Mariana Carroll

Dr. Mariana Carroll, PhD in IT Governance and Risk Management, is a leading technology advisor and academic. Her research interests include Emerging Technologies, IT Management, IT Governance, IT Strategy and IT Effectiveness; she is also a speaker and author on the topics of Cloud Computing, Virtualization and IT Auditing. Her career spans consulting and training services and solutions around emerging technologies for large global corporations. She also holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship and serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the University of Pretoria Informatics Department. She previously launched and steered the Cloud Computing Centre of Excellence at Deloitte, and currently facilitates the CIO Transition Labs at Deloitte South Africa. Mariana’s professional career is built on her belief that knowledge and transformation are the two fundamental building blocks of any

Chapter 1: What is the current state of cloud security?

Chapter 2: What are the common gaps and how do we address cloud security?

Chapter 3: Stepping into cloud security management.

A checklist to ensure secure cloud adoption and use.

Chapter 4: Buiding a career in cloud security.

Chapter 5: The future of cloud security

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The Developer of the Future Starts Here

How to be a Cloud Savvy Developer and Why

In 2011, Bob Violino wrote, “Whether developing, testing, or deploying your apps in the cloud, you have to unlearn some beliefs and learn new ones to make it work.” It still stands true today.

“Despite the potential challenges, for many organizations application development in the cloud rather than sticking with traditional methods makes sense, for the same reasons that cloud computing in general makes sense.”

Join us with CCC Professional Cloud Developer syllabus author, Vladimir Baranek, to find out exactly how cloud development makes sense and what one needs to know to become a cloud-savvy developer.

Questions from the audience

The participants have raised their hands and asked to Vladimir several questions. We decided to put this first as they were really on topic and inspirational.


 

Chapther 1: Cloud Market & Cloud Development Today

The growth of cloud continues and the studies show the trends are highlighting the same issues. In the next few slides we will look at what is happening in industry.

$204 billion this year, a 16.5% increase over the $175 billion market in 2015, according to analyst firm Gartner.
Cloud application services, or SaaS, are also expected to show an upswing with 20.3% year-over-year growth, reaching $37.7 billion. Cloud management and security services, with 24.7% growth, and cloud application infrastructure services, known as PaaS, also is strong this year with an expected 21.1% growth.

The growth of cloud continues and the studies show the trends are highlighting the same issues. In the next few slides we will look at what is happening in industry.

$204 billion this year, a 16.5% increase over the $175 billion market in 2015, according to analyst firm Gartner.
Cloud application services, or SaaS, are also expected to show an upswing with 20.3% year-over-year growth, reaching $37.7 billion. Cloud management and security services, with 24.7% growth, and cloud application infrastructure services, known as PaaS, also is strong this year with an expected 21.1% growth.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3026396/cloud-computing/global-public-cloud-market-expected-to-hit-204b-in-2016.html

A 2015 Evans study found nearly three-fourths of organizations are currently using some form of cloud-based development tool today for more than 25% of their workloads, and developers expect that percentage of organizations to exceed 80% in the next 12 months.
Developers have had the most impact on bringing cloud platforms into their businesses, driven by shadow IT to solve needs and innovate quickly. (Computerworld) Amazingly , this means that developers are driving cloud adoption way faster by moving new applications and refactoring of existing applications into the PaaS platforms.
Majority of Startups are focused on SaaS development as they ultimate business model for subscription-based offerings. Almost all of the SaaS development is native cloud-based development running on IaaS or PaaS stacks.

In the 2016 Salesforce State of IT Report (featured on Forbes.com) in which they surveyed global CIOs and IT leaders from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, France, the U.K., and Germany. They found:
79% of IT teams are currently developing Cloud apps for customers, partners and employees.
68% of CIOs predict they will spend more on mobile applications in the next two years.
Developing talent/IT skills development and training are second at 46%,
33% of IT teams struggle to keep up their skills with emerging technologies. – 32% struggle with lack of skilled developers.

Chapther 2: Cloud Demands & Challenges

The Salesforce study found: 63% Of Companies Operating In The Cloud Can Develop An App In 3 Months Or Less. 72% of high-performance companies can generate an app in 3 months or less. In contrast, only 46% of underperformers can do the same. This ties into the level of investment that high-performing companies make in training, which is nearly twice as much as lower-performing companies.
High-performing IT teams are 1.8X more likely to spend on customer-facing apps. They are also 1.4X more likely to plan on increasing spending in mobile apps. Overall, 76% of high-performing IT teams predict they are increasing spending on customer-facing and mobile apps.
Evans Data Cloud Development Survey revealed that:
Cloud app dev saves developers 1 hour of every 8
Development on Cloud platforms reduces overall development time by an average of 11.6 percent
Utilizing developers in cloud platforms enables streamlining the development process, including the ability to quickly get the development assets online. Cloud developers have the ability to collaborate with other developers, architects, and designers on the development of the application

Majority of organizations are planning to spend most $ on High Performers , which in translation means – increased spending on true cloud developers delivering Customer facing and Mobile applications over the next 2 years. This comes with a strong prediction to continuous growth beyond this period.

Cloud platforms simplify application development by decreasing associated time and cost while linking production to scale.

Chapther 3: The Cloud Savvy Developer

The next generation of development is happening now. What do developers need to keep up?

The days of writing an application that goes down or becomes unavailable are long gone—this is simply no longer acceptable. The end user’s expectation is that once your service is “alive,” it’s always available and it always performs reasonably well. The only way to do that is to ensure that you’ve built a highly resilient, interoperable, robust application.

Historically, responsibility of deploying and operating the code is often handed to another group with the software developer having little input or knowledge of the production environment.
Developers today must take a bit more holistic, operational mindset approach to their work. They must understand full-stack engineering, including deployment automation, and possess an understanding of the infrastructure supporting their application and the non-functional characteristics of the application.
There are multiple areas related to this architecture mindset. To name just a few:
Deployment topology, operational environment, points of failure, data encryption, access and authorization, scalability, key monitoring metrics and more…
Unfortunately, most developers don’t approach a development project with this mindset. As we move into the new era of cloud development — deploying, configuring, and operating a cloud application is much more important and more difficult than developing the function.
Cloud related skills
Cloud developers need to have a basic understanding of cloud resources and how they relate to one another.
Building cloud-native applications is very different from building isolated, packaged application that runs behind a firewall. To do this effectively, developers must know multiple advanced techniques to scale applications, support monitoring and accessibility spanning multiple availability zones, automate fail-over, replication, integrate security protocols etc.
Cloud services are constantly evolving – they are more interoperable and granular. Good example is virtualized containers such a docker, which eliminated need for virtual machines – therefore enabled transition from Administrators to DEvelopers running their own environments. Cloud Developers should deeply understand how to leverage cloud for developing resilient, high-availability cloud-native applications. At minimum, all cloud developers needs to understand basic cloud capabilities if they plan to build cloud-native applications.
Adopt DevOps practices.
In the era of XaaS (anything as a service) , it’s necessary to operate your application within a cloud environment with repeatable and reliable processes in order to enable automated deployment and configuration of your cloud resources and components deployed to cloud.
The only way to effectively automate the delivery of changes to your application running in the cloud—whether public, private or hybrid—is by following strict DevOps processes with assumption there is no disruption to production environment.
It’s also important to apply lean startup thinking when developing cloud applications. Fundamentally, DevOps practices are essential to continuous delivery of change.

Chapther 4: The Professional Cloud Developer Skills and Competences

Here you can find what is inside each module of the Professional Cloud Developer Course

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About the Speaker

Vladimir

Vladimir Baranek

Vladimir Baranek is an executive senior advisor for Fortune 500 companies and technology evangelist with more than 23 years of experience leading global professional services, consulting and delivery organizations. His extensive global experience includes work in 22 countries with projects spanning all over the world. He is author of the Cloud Credential Council Professional Cloud Developer certification syllabus and ITpreneurs courseware. Vladimir is author of MetaX methodology and InfoTrance theory, aimed to connect streams of semantically based information and concentrate them inside InfoHubs. His latest activities are focused on definition of 3 dimensional ecosystem based cloud architecture and integrated MetaSystem layers beneath.

If You’re Out of Cloud, You’re Out of Work

What does it mean to be a cloud professional?

We see the term in more and more training and certification programs, and ‘cloud skills’ has increasingly become a requirement on many job descriptions. It’s quite general and vague what these specific skills this translates to for the variety of positions in IT and some non-IT functions involved with cloud computing.

Last year we shared a series of videos from interviews with the authors of the Cloud Technology Associate certification syllabus to help answer these questions. As the demand for cloud skills continues to grow in 2016, we are revisiting the topic and sitting down with them in a webinar so we can delve deeper into the subject.

 

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About the Speakers

Sudhakar Nagasampagi

Sudhakar Nagasampagi is a 25+ year IT professional, accredited master trainer, international speaker, trainer, course author, blogger, etc. He is an active Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds the ITIL 2011 foundation certification. He currently provides training in the areas of cloud computing and virtualization, in which he maintains numerous certifications. He also provides training in IT security and cloud security. He is the lead author and master trainer for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) course.

Peter van Eijk

Peter van Eijk develops and delivers workshops for swift and secure cloud adoption.
He has worked for Deloitte Consulting, IT supplier EDS, internet providers, and at the University of Twente, where he received his PhD in 1988. He is also the co-author for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) certification syllabus.

Architecting Your Way Up in the Cloud

Amongst the various cloud technology vendors and certification bodies offering cloud training, cloud solution architecture (CSA) is by far the most commonly served area. Architecture is undeniably important, but what is it that makes cloud architecture so deserving of this attention? What changed for architects in cloud computing? How do IT professionals, and the trainers and consultants supporting them, make this transition to cloud architecture successfully?

About the Speaker

Mark SkiltonMark Skilton maintains more executive positions, accolades, publications and digital expertise than any one paragraph can really do justice to. He’s an experienced, highly credible, consultant, partner, board director, founding CEO, C-level communicator, professor, author and HuffingtonPost contributor. He’s a business systems leader and expert in international standards, IoT, digital transformation, customer experience, Agile, mobility and telecoms strategies, innovation, labs & startups, cyber security, technology risk, governance, productivity, AI, data analytics and social organization design strategies, solutions and organizational transformational design. He’s held several positions working with Fortune 500 companies in over twenty countries. In addition to these and his central role in the definition and design of the CCC certification program, Mr. Skilton is Professor of Practice in Information Systems Management and Innovation at Warwick Business School, and Global Director, Portfolio Strategy and Solutions for Capgemini.

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Big Data is Big Business: How to Develop Big Data Competence

Big data is big business, but how do you get in? Many organization struggle with data management. Likewise, professionals often covet a sea of structured, accessible data they can easily use in their work, but lack in reality.

Mario Bojilov, lead author of the CCC Big Data Foundation syllabus, provides practical applications of big data in his talk later this month. He will give us some clarity on how to build the critical data analytics skills to float, rather than sink, in the sea of data – and even build a path to a career in big data.

About the Speaker

Mario BojilovMario Bojilov is founder and Chief Data Strategist of Meta Business Systems based in Brisbane, Australia. The company is focused on performance monitoring, business intelligence and social media analytics. Mario is also an author, trainer, speaker and lecturer, holding various speaking engagements for professional auditing associations as well  the University of Queensland. Mario holds a Masters in Engineering, Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

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EXIN Appointed Exam Institute for the CCC

CCC and ExinPALO ALTO, CA / UTRECHT, NL – The CCC and EXIN, the global exam institute for ICT-professionals, have entered a partnership appointing EXIN to be exam institute for the CCC certification program. The mutual vision of EXIN and the CCC in cloud competence development provided a perfect opportunity to join forces.

EXIN, as an authority in the IT training industry, brings a wealth of experience and support to the CCC in managing the growing demand for cloud certification.

Joining forces to further advance cloud competence standards in the industry is a logical next step for EXIN and the CCC. Industry forecasts anticipate continued growth for cloud computing in 2016 and beyond. With this growth, the training and certification needs of IT professionals is of increasing concern for many organisations, making this a good time to combine and boost the efforts of EXIN and the CCC to fill the cloud skills gap.

 

About EXIN

EXIN is the global independent certification institute for ICT-professionals. With 30 years of experience in certifying the competences of over 2 million ICT-professionals, EXIN is the leading and trusted authority in the ICT-market. With over 1000 accredited partners EXIN facilitates exams and e-competence assessments in more than 165 countries and 20 languages. EXIN is co-initiator of the e-Competence Framework, which was set up to provide unambiguous ICT certification measurement principles within Europe and beyond.

For more information, please visit www.exin.com.

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Living in the Cloud: Big Data Analytics & Enterprise Cloud Computing

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You’ve probably seen some cool data visualizations, and perhaps daydreamed of the day your organization’s data would be as easily computable. You’re not alone, many enterprises are falling behind the Big Data bandwagon and don’t all have clear direction to optimize their use of enterprise data as part of their cloud strategy.

Data is the “lifeblood of your business. It contains your organization’s history. And it’s trying to tell you something.” So, isn’t it time we pay attention?

In one hour, experienced data analyst Scott Mongeau, provides;

  • a brief introduction to the application of big data analytics in the organization
  • coverage of key trends in enterprise analytics (cloud analytics and solutions – SaaS, PaaS & IaaS focus)
  • insights on data analytics / data science skills for successful adoption and implementation

About the Speaker

Scott MongeauScott Mongeau is Senior Business Analytics Solutions Manager at SAS, industry leader in business analytics software and services. Scott has several years’ experience managing and consulting in decision and data analytics. He’s worked with large enterprises in data analytics roles, including, DSM, Accenture, Deloitte, and Roche, and holds MBA and INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) qualifications, amongst others.

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Cloud & Data Analytics Skills Could Get You Hired in 2016

In case you missed it, LinkedIn did an analysis of the hottest skills of 2015 on LinkedIn. A platform with over 400 million users in 200 countries, we think the sampling is reliable enough to share. What did they find?

Cloud and Distributed Computing topped the list globally, whilst statistical analysis and data mining came in a close second. They’ve broken down the results by country for some areas, so take a look in case your country is mentioned there.

The CCC obviously covers the certification needs of IT professionals in major cloud roles, but the overlooked gem in our certification scheme is the Big Data Foundation certification. The BDF certification explores major topics including data mining and practical labs to introduce Hadoop & MongoDB – key skills which are prevalent in the growing data analytics job market.

Want to find out more about big data analytics and cloud? Join our webinar ‘Living in the Cloud: Big Data Analytics & Enterprise Cloud Computing’ on March 3.

Totally new to cloud computing? Here’s an infographic that will help you get caught up.

Demystifying the Cloud
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The Cloud Skills the Industry is Begging For

Move past the hypothetical discussions and gain practical insights on exactly how cloud computing is changing IT and business practices.

Cloud computing has evolved and integrated itself in business. It’s become a necessity for strategic agility and technical excellence. Many organizations face challenges with the advents of cloud, including unexpected technical and business shifts which require professionals on both sides of the IT and business divide to rethink their approach. A stated need in most of these cases is for a specific set of cloud skills criteria for the key roles in the project(s) – something that can be qualified.

To better understand the situation, we’re talked to a panel of highly qualified, CCC certified, IT professionals.

 


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Hybrid Cloud: The Best Way to do the ‘Third Way’

As enterprises transform their traditional data centers to private clouds, hyper-competitive marketplaces are still demanding more IT efficiency. This is why industry leaders are embracing the ‘Third Way’ – Hybrid Clouds. While the value of hybrid model promises to deliver the security of a private cloud with the economic benefits of public clouds, operational and governance challenges can be daunting.

  • What does this mean in practice?
  • How should you prepare your team for this new phase?
  • Where do we train and certify for this new operational model?
Find out from veteran cloud practitioner, consultant and trainer Kevin L. Jackson.

About the Speaker

Kevin_Jackson_photoKevin L. Jackson is a senior information technologist specializing in information technology solutions that meet critical business and mission operational requirements. Founder & CEO of GovCloud Network, prior positions include VP & General Manager Cloud Services NJVC, Worldwide Sales Executive at IBM and Vice President Global IT Project Office at JP Morgan Chase.

As a cloud computing thought leader for Dell, Kevin has authored several articles, presented at numerous venues and has been quoted in many periodicals. His online academy, OnCloud Training, is used to prepare IT Professionals and Business Executives on developing and deploying business and operational models based on the cloud computing paradigm. He was Program Manager for the NASA Electronic Portable Information Collection (EPIC) System , the NGA Geospatial Community Cloud  and served on the NATO IT Modernization Study team. Kevin holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering, a MA in National Strategic Studies and a MS in Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering).

 

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CCC Accepts ATP Affiliates

Palo Alto, December 2015 – The Cloud Credential Council (CCC) accreditation scheme now includes the affiliates of CCC Accredited Training Partners (ATPs). The processes to enable affiliates of CCC ATPs to deliver CCC accredited certification training are now in place and open for ATPs and their affiliates.

ATPAAn ATP Affiliate is a third-party which an ATP has a contractual agreement with to deliver CCC accredited certification training. It is the ATPs responsibility to ensure the affiliate works according to the CCC Accreditation Scheme. The ATP must submit an Accredited Training Partner Affiliate application form to the CCC in advance of the commencement of the Affiliate’s activities.

As per the CCC Accreditation Scheme, Affiliates will be required to use Accredited Trainers and Accredited Courseware in the delivery of any CCC accredited certification training. However, the ATP Affiliate designation enables those training providers with limited resources to adopt the QMS of the ATP they are affiliated with and develop their portfolio with minimal investment in accreditations. The affiliate model eases the barrier to partnering with the CCC, encouraging the adoption of cloud computing certifications and best practice standards in industry by expanding its network of training partners.

Prospective affiliates are encouraged to contact a compatible ATP in their area in order to reach an agreement and submit the ATP Affiliate form to the CCC for accreditation.

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Would You Marry Your Cloud Tech Vendor? The Advantages of Vendor-neutral Cloud Training

We spoke to the authors of the Cloud Credential Council Cloud Technology Associate certification syllabus to better understand the impact of cloud on practicing IT professionals. The result – “If you’re out of cloud, you’re out of work. Really!”

For more information on the Cloud Technology Associate certification visit: www.cloudcredential.org/cta

Transcript: ‘Would you marry your cloud tech vendor?’

Sudhakar: The biggest advantage with vendor neutral certification is it gives you a complete balanced approach and a knowledge base of all the aspects of cloud computing as well as virtualization. Including the advantages and limitations of these technologies.

Peter: We do mention a lot of technology. In the course but we’re not recommending any specific vendor.
The benefits of having vendor neutral cloud training come in two ways. One of the ways is for the individual. It means that their skills won’t become obsolete as vendors come and go.
In the technology associate course we have gone to a significant amount of trouble to make sure that those skills are universal for running IT and are not very specific to a vendor.
So that’s like job security for individuals. For their employers vendor neutral cloud training means that their staff will be able to support a wider choice of solutions. It has a bigger perspective and that reduces vendor lock-in. Vendor neutral means less vendor lock-in.

If you’re out of cloud, you’re out of work. Really.”

Meet the CCC Cloud Technology Associate Authors

Sudhakar Nagasampagi

Sudhakar Nagasampagi is a 25+ year IT professional, accredited master trainer, international speaker, trainer, course author, blogger, etc. He is an active Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds the ITIL 2011 foundation certification. He currently provides training in the areas of cloud computing and virtualization, in which he maintains numerous certifications. He also provides trainings in IT security and cloud security. He is the lead author and master trainer for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) course.

Peter van Eijk

Peter van Eijk develops and delivers workshops for swift and secure cloud adoption.
He has worked for Deloitte Consulting, IT supplier EDS, internet providers, and at the University of Twente, where he received his PhD in 1988. He is also the co-author for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) certification syllabus.

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Certifying Key Roles in Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud is the most common cloud approach enterprises are adopting today. So we took the opportunity to apply role-based certifications to a hybrid cloud strategy. The graphic illustrates the benefits of a unified, role-based, vendor-neutral certification scheme which adapts itself to various strategies.

These are the key roles for successful hybrid cloud adoption and the related certifications to ensure the IT team is up to speed and on the same page.

Database professionals are able to filter out business critical data from the data overload we have today. A Big Data Foundation certified professional is equipped with a complete understanding of Big Data.  Practical exercises also provide some hands-on experience in using two of the most popular technologies in data processing – Hadoop and MongoDB. For additional cloud and business savvy, double-up with a Cloud Technology Associate certification.

Software developers are no longer just pushing code, they are pivotal to the user experience and therein the successful user adoption of cloud solutions. The Professional Cloud Developer (PCD) complements the technical skills of developers with best practices on application design for cloud environments, and an introduction to the various technology vendors and their standards, along the entire application lifecycle.  

Information security managers appreciate the risks involved with business data. The best information security professionals are able to integrate this in discussions across the organization (at all levels) to align key stakeholders in positions to invest in and implement security measures. The CCC Professional Cloud Security Manager certification enables security professionals to affirm their knowledge and skills, and translate this to the complex cloud-based infrastructure.

Enterprise architects , all architects, are at a point where their skills need to adapt to cloud computing and hybrid cloud environments. Companies are avoiding working with ad hoc systems implementations, thus architects who understand cloud computing and all its service models are in high demand. However, few have the prerequisite skills to design a scalable and sustainable cloud infrastructure which optimizes the use of private and public cloud. The Professional Cloud Solutions Architect (PCSA) certification is designed for the experienced enterprise architect moving into cloud. The certification aligns well with TOGAF architecture and ITIL service management best practices.

Business managers working in cloud need to understand the technical infrastructure in addition to business strategy to truly succeed with adopting the benefits of cloud computing to drive their objectives. Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) certified managers, and technically focused IT professionals, can benefit from a balanced perspective on the technical and business aspects of cloud computing. The CTA certification delivers a comprehensive understanding of cloud technology and the inherent complexities in applying it to the business.

Depending on your organization, you may need qualified service managers and administrators to maintain the infrastructure. The Professional Cloud Service Manager (PCSM) and Professional Cloud Administrator (PCA) certification from the CCC complete the set of critical roles in cloud computing overall.

Undertaking a Hybrid Cloud Strategy?

Join the upcoming CCC webinar with cloud expert Kevin Jackson to gain some additional insights on hybrid cloud.

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Getting Higher in the Cloud

We spoke to the authors of the Cloud Credential Council Cloud Technology Associate certification syllabus to better understand the impact of cloud on practicing IT professionals. The result – “If you’re out of cloud, you’re out of work. Really!”


For more information on the Cloud Technology Associate certification visit: www.cloudcredential.org/cta

Transcript: ‘Getting Higher in the Cloud’

“We’ve designed CTA to bring the IT professional the knowledge and the skills that they need to be part of the cloud conversation and that really modernises their skill set. And the way we do that in the course is by mixing the technology stuff with a discussion on how cloud affects both the IT side of the organisation as well as the business side of the organisation. ”

“The balance between technology and business value and risk. For every cloud aspect that we discuss we talk about how to realise the value and reduce the risk. Other courses either focus on technology, focus on the risk or focus on the very specific application value.”

“Several points stand out as compared to other courses. Where other courses focus only on the theory aspects, this course specifically includes hands-on labs enabling the student to understand the concepts in a practical manner rather than in an abstract way.
Other courses either do not cover all the requisite basics that are needed for understanding this technology or go into extensive depth into technical aspects which are certainly not required at this stage of learning.”

“Well, apparently there’s a shortage of IT skills in general, that’s what we hear. But since the cloud is growing so much the need for cloud skills is probably growing faster. Even experienced IT staff need to re-skill like they’ve always done in the past years. ”

If you’re out of cloud, you’re out of work. Really.”

Meet the CCC Cloud Technology Associate Authors

Sudhakar Nagasampagi

Sudhakar Nagasampagi is a 25+ year IT professional, accredited master trainer, international speaker, trainer, course author, blogger, etc. He is an active Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds the ITIL 2011 foundation certification. He currently provides training in the areas of cloud computing and virtualization, in which he maintains numerous certifications. He also provides trainings in IT security and cloud security. He is the lead author and master trainer for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) course.

Peter van Eijk

Peter van Eijk develops and delivers workshops for swift and secure cloud adoption.
He has worked for Deloitte Consulting, IT supplier EDS, internet providers, and at the University of Twente, where he received his PhD in 1988. He is also the co-author for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) certification syllabus.

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When will you be hacked? The Need for Cyber Resilience Skills.

blogCyber attackers are always one step ahead of the rest of the world – they have practically unlimited means, lots of sponsorships, the ability to remain undetected during and even after causing a catastrophic disaster, and a well coordinated network of sophisticated hackers and specialists. It’s therefore in the interest of organizations and cloud service providers to constantly strengthen their risk management system and cyber resilience posture, else they soon fall victim to the well-known adage; “When, and not IF, they will be hacked?”

One of the general characteristics of cloud computing is “Resilience”. Resilience, in general, means the ability to recover from an incident / change or adjust easily to it.

Cyber Security vs Cyber Resilience

Cyber security and cyber resilience focus on two different dimensions. Where Cyber security takes a reactive approach, which protects critical assets and valuable information from potential threats, cyber resilience additionally adopts a proactive approach, which prevents and detects threats while also responding and recovering quickly from any such resulting incidents. This minimizes the impact on service disruptions, financial losses, recovery times and possible reputation damage.

A serious limitation in the traditional security methods to combat the sophisticated cyber attacks in general as well as the dramatic rise of these attacks in recent years, has forced many organizations to reconsider their strategy of securing their overall environments. The need of the hour, undoubtedly, is to adopt and strengthen cyber resilience and not cyber security.

Cloud Services and Cyber Resilience

An example of cyber resilience is when cloud service providers implement a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan wherein, a primary site fails over to a secondary site thereby maintaining high availability and business continuity. Having at least two of a kind – two virtual servers or two load balancers instead of one – prevents a single point of failure, another example of implementing cyber resilience.

Cloud service providers particularly need to focus on cyber resilience, as their data centers worldwide host valuable information about multiple customers – the cloud characteristic of multi-tenancy. Proper segregation and isolation of customers’ resources as well as their data is highly important and necessary. Organizations that make use of private / community or a hybrid combination of cloud deployment models also need to properly plan and adopt cyber resilience.

Risks

Today, the highest risks posed are by insider threats (people) followed by poor processes, technology architecture, designs and coding practices. Add to this, the rise of social engineering, mobile devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), which only combine to provide more surface areas for attacks and exploitation by cyber criminals. Virtualization, the backbone of cloud computing, is also prone to an emerging set of hypervisor viruses that are specific to the technology now. All in all, as technology advances and the struggle in life tends to become relatively easier, the security aspects become more and more challenging.

An organization or a third party service provider today has to equally strengthen all its entities – assets, ports, networks, storage, identity access, policies, procedures etc. whereas the attacker just needs to scan for one flaw in any of the above to penetrate and disrupt an entire range of services for as long as possible. In addition, the attacker also has the ability to lay dormant within an organization’s system for a while, without being noticed, and then strike at an opportune moment with the ex-filtration of confidential and critical information. Such attacks, commonly known as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and the so-called zero-day attacks cannot be handled by traditional firewalls and other security measures.

Building Cloud Resilience

In view of the above observations and findings, how does one go about adopting the right posture of cyber resilience for cloud services or for an organization in general?

Organizations can start evaluating several frameworks and standards for preparing themselves to attain their own level of cyber resilience. Some of the currently available frameworks and standards include:

Though the above frameworks and standards offer lots of information and guidance on cyber security / resilience, each organization (including cloud service providers) should further tailor these practices to suit their own risk appetite and risk acceptance criteria.

Lastly, and definitely not least, it is of critical importance to continuously train IT professionals on cyber resilience and security to have a fighting chance against cyber attacks.

Sudhakar Nagasampagi

Sudhakar Nagasampagi is a 25+ year IT professional, accredited master trainer, international speaker, trainer, course author, blogger, etc. He is an active Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds the ITIL 2011 foundation certification. He currently provides training in the areas of cloud computing and virtualization, in which he maintains numerous certifications. He also provides trainings in IT security and cloud security. He is the lead author and master trainer for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) course.

Cloud Service Models: Redefining the Business Model.

Cloud experts and practitioners agree that cloud is more than just a new technology. It is redefining business models and corporate strategy. In this video, the second in a series of 4 videos, we’ve highlighted the use cases for cloud which feature prominently in industry. Cloud can be transformational, as is the case with Netflix, or a cost effective way to model new ideas and test products.

We spoke to the authors of the Cloud Credential Council Cloud Technology Associate certification syllabus to better understand the impact of cloud on practicing IT professionals. The result – “If you’re out of cloud, you’re out of work. Really!”


For more information on the Cloud Technology Associate certification visit: www.cloudcredential.org/cta

Transcript: ‘Impact of cloud, what is all the hype?’

You have three service models, that is software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service.”

Cloud is really redefining the service model. Even if you know the technology and you’re pretty good at the technology you know. You will have to understand how the big framework of cloud services is pieced together and where your biggest contribution will be.”

“The most spectacular example really is Netflix. Netflix, ten fifteen years ago was a D.V.D. rental company sending out D.V.D.’s across the United States. Then it figured out that because of the Internet that was a dying business in the long run, and then they transformed themselves into a video on demand platform and they figured out a way to do that was to embrace cloud thinking both internally as well as by using a huge amount of cloud resources from a cloud provider. Now they are the biggest user of Internet bandwidth in the United States and spreading to different countries just like that.”

The latest technologies and the applications that cloud provides in this course give them an insight into how they can also develop parallel ways of better providing services, maybe even cheaper services. In that way they can experiment and come out with better products. In fact, one of the biggest advantages in the cloud is that since it is a minimal investment factor entrepreneurs can easily try and experiment and if they succeed they can certainly go and expand their business. If they fail it hardly makes a loss for them because their investment is minimal.”

“Cloud is definitely the new wave in IT. It’s a new IT service model and we see penetration rises about ten fifteen percent every year. So most companies are now using it and ten percent of their IT budgets is getting to be Cloud related. In a couple of years that will be more than half.”

If you’re out of cloud, you’re out of work. Really.”

Meet the CCC Cloud Technology Associate Authors

Sudhakar Nagasampagi

Sudhakar Nagasampagi is a 25+ year IT professional, accredited master trainer, international speaker, trainer, course author, blogger, etc. He is an active Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds the ITIL 2011 foundation certification. He currently provides training in the areas of cloud computing and virtualization, in which he maintains numerous certifications. He also provides trainings in IT security and cloud security. He is the lead author and master trainer for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) course.

Peter van Eijk

Peter van Eijk develops and delivers workshops for swift and secure cloud adoption.
He has worked for Deloitte Consulting, IT supplier EDS, internet providers, and at the University of Twente, where he received his PhD in 1988. He is also the co-author for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) certification syllabus.

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Impact of cloud, what is all the hype?

The impact of cloud is undeniable. Looking beyond the hype, what does this mean for IT professionals? We spoke to the authors of the Cloud Credential Council Cloud Technology Associate certification syllabus to better understand the impact of cloud on practicing IT professionals.

The result: “If you’re out of cloud, you’re out of work. Really!”

We’ve highlighted the key issues that came out of these conversations for our viewers in four videos. This is the first of the four, come back each week to see the rest of the videos in this series.

For more information on the Cloud Technology Associate certification visit: www.cloudcredential.org/cta

Transcript: ‘Impact of cloud, what is all the hype?’

“The cloud model is really pervading the IT profession and it really changes the way we handle IT from both a technical perspective as well as from a management perspective. In order to be part of that dialogue an IT professional really should have a good understanding of those core cloud concepts, and if you don’t have those understanding they won’t be part of the game. CTA will really give you a chance to secure a new role in that.”

“Today’s world is filled with innumerable mobile devices and the ever growing volume of data. The need to extract meaningful information from this vast volume of data will definitely be the future of cloud computing.”

“The number one thing is being able to distinguish real cloud solutions from vendor hyped, cloud washing stuff – there’s so much of that around. The second thing is that you will get a core understanding of the cloud risks that are relevant both technical risks and management risks. And the third one is to understand how cloud technology leads to value. And each of these three really can save your job in a single day – or to turn it around if you fail to apply these three skills you may be out of a job soon.”

“If you’re out of cloud, you’re out of work. Really.”

Meet the CCC Cloud Technology Associate Authors

Sudhakar Nagasampagi

Sudhakar Nagasampagi is a 25+ year IT professional, accredited master trainer, international speaker, trainer, course author, blogger, etc. He is an active Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds the ITIL 2011 foundation certification. He currently provides training in the areas of cloud computing and virtualization, in which he maintains numerous certifications. He also provides trainings in IT security and cloud security. He is the lead author and master trainer for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) course.

Peter van Eijk

Peter van Eijk develops and delivers workshops for swift and secure cloud adoption.
He has worked for Deloitte Consulting, IT supplier EDS, internet providers, and at the University of Twente, where he received his PhD in 1988. He is also the co-author for the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) Cloud Technology Associate (CTA) certification syllabus.

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Add your CCC Certificate to your Linkedin Profile

Is now available a simple way to add your CCC Certificate to your Linkedin profile.

Navigate on the certification page and click on the Linkedin button “Add to Profile”. You will be redirected to Linkedin and in just few clicks you will be able to add your CCC Certificate on your profile.

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Click here to add the certification to your profile:

 

How does it work? Here you can see the screenshots.

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Close the Big Data Skills Gap with New Certification

Palo Alto, California – February 2nd 2015

The Cloud Credential Council (CCC) announces the release of a new Big Data Foundation Certification alongside its cloud computing portfolio. The CCC Big Data Foundation curriculum is designed to provide participants with an understanding of Big Data, the potential Big Data applications that can be used to solve real business problems and also provide an overview of Data Mining Tools used in it. Participants get hands-on experience in using two of the most popular technologies in Big Data processing—Hadoop and MongoDB.

Marcel Heilijgers, Executive Director of the Cloud Credential Council, says: “We are very excited to offer training providers a growing interrelated certification portfolio. As we move forward we see a closer integration amongst the domains of Cloud Computing, Mobile, Big Data and The Internet of Things. In 2014 the CCC expanded the cloud portfolio through the release of five professional-level cloud computing certifications which are rapidly gaining traction across the globe. This year, the release of the ‘CCC Big Data Foundation’ certification will be the first milestone of a certification path in the Big Data domain that the CCC will be launching. The adoption of Big Data has accelerated as organizations realize the tremendous impact data insights can provide in the design of strategies to increase margins.”

According to McKinsey Global Institute 2011 white paper, by 2018, the United States alone face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions. Training providers are expected to increase their portfolio massively to close the skills gap in this domain.

The Cloud Credential Council has worked with a number of leading organizations to develop and launch a version of CCC accredited courseware material to make it easier for training companies to quickly adopt these training programs. Training organizations across the globe interested in adding the CCC portfolio to their offering are encouraged to sign up on www.cloudcredential.org and/or contact info@cloudcredential.org for more information.

 

About the Cloud Credential Council
The Cloud Credential Council is leading the way in defining global cloud training and certification standards. Together with its members the CCC develops cloud implementation guidance for organizations, as well as training and certification standards to address the global cloud skills gap, leveraging a global partner and member network. The Cloud Credential Council operates globally and can be found online at www.cloudcredential.org.
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Professional Cloud Solutions and Service Practices

The Shift to a Service-on-Demand Business Operating Model and Working Practices

By Mark Skilton, CEO, Digital Ecosystem practices, Synthetic Spheres Ltd.
 

CCC is pleased to share with you a deeper knowledge of various frameworks and domains—connecting their usage and application for the betterment of the IT profession. Our appreciation goes out to Mark Skilton who has generously shared his invaluable knowledge and experience with us. We would also like to give special thanks to the ITpreneurs for their contribution in writing this paper.

The right skills for professional-level cloud computing involve both a technical and business perspective. Organizations today use a mix of cloud and hosted solutions that the IT professional and the business must navigate. Professional-level cloud certifications bridge the gap between technical cloud certification and practical business outcomes.

White Paper: Professional Cloud Solutions and Service Practices

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 board 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 Cloud Solution Architect Certificate for the CCC.

Cloud World Forum Asia 2014

The Cloud World Forum Asia returns for the 5th year from the 24 – 26 November 2014 to Hong Kong, maintaining its place as the only content led event for the Enterprise IT & Telco Cloud Market in the APAC region.

Achieving true enterprise mobility is about more than deploying cloud computing. Cloud is the powerful platform needed to achieve business and IT agility, however cross device enterprise application management, integration of communication and social media, as well as data analytics are the game changers for the successful enterprises, SMEs and Start-Ups of the future.

Recognising the unification of these ICT trends and opportunities, Cloud World Forum Asia combines new case studies from across the SMAC: Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud landscape in the APAC region.

Incorporating a Big Data & Analytics stream, Enterprise Apps & Mobility stream, Google Theatre, AWS workshops and two dedicated Cloud streams, the Cloud World Forum Asia responds to the rapidly growing demand for IT infrastructure and cross device software offering the security, flexibility and strength needed to advance growing businesses.

The multiple agendas making up the event run simultaneously and draw together case studies from cross-sector enterprises and SMEs achieving IT agility through cloud and multi device applications; in addition to the telecom operators, solution providers and application developers excelling in enabling these advanced IT services.

Join 400+ IT decision makers, application developers, mobile network operators, and providers delivering cloud, data analytics and consumer insight, application management, virtualisation, system integration, mobile device management, security, business intelligence, CRM, ERM and ERP solutions.

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A Framework for Cloud Computing Adoption in South African Government

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A Framework for Cloud Computing Adoption in South African Government

Technology adoption is always a critical concern in organizations (private and public). South African government experienced this encounter when adopted Open Source Software (OSS) with the objective to reduce ICT services costs among others. The implementation of OSS in SA government has faced several challenges such as user resistance, human factor, support and funding. As a result of these challenges cost reduction has not been fully achieved. Cost reduction issue ultimately affects implementation of other government programmes such as those who yields job creation, better education, and improving health, etc. The potential alternative to address the same objective as aimed by OSS is Cloud Computing adoption. Cloud Computing promise to offer the SA government more advantages OSS. This study explore the feasibility of Cloud Computing adoption as an alternative to enable cost reduction, effectiveness and efficient of IT services in SA government as was aimed by OSS initiative.


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The 39 Most Important People in Cloud Computing World

No question about it: cloud computing is changing the world. It’s the invisible part of your smartphone and tablet, the part that holds your apps and files, and lets you work from anywhere.

IBM estimates that 85% of new software today is being built for the cloud and that one-quarter of the world’s apps will be available on the cloud by 2016.

By 2017, enterprises are expected to be spending $235 billion on the cloud, predicts market research firm IHS.

All thanks to many people at tech companies, big and small.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/most-important-people-in-cloud-computing-2014-4?op=1#ixzz2yU01sbJX

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The Benefits of the Cloud in Healthcare

It dawned on me not so long ago that I was the only sibling not directly involved in the healthcare industry. Two of my sisters are healthcare administrators. I have a brother working on medical electronic devices and another who is a consultant in obstetrics and gynecology. This article could be considered as my attempt to make up !!

Healthcare organizations are created to deliver patient care services and are not expected to drive technology innovation. There are many examples of multi-million dollar healthcare projects gone wrong. There are significant complexities associated with managing multiple stakeholders to deliver an effective IT healthcare service.

As a cloud ambassador, it should not be a surprise that I see cloud as a possible solution. The cloud offers a flexible model where capabilities considered to be sensitive and confidential can be held away from the cloud, while leveraging the cloud where it makes sense. Some of the services that can be delivered in this hybrid on-premise and cloud based model include:

  • Healthcare practice management
  • Electronic health records management
  • Insurance interaction
  • Electronic prescriptions management

By outsourcing IT to a trusted service provider, medical practices can focus on the business of delivering healthcare services. The extent of outsourcing can vary significantly, from the outsourcing of selected services, to a scenario where every aspect of IT operations, down to in-house IT systems such as desktop computers printers etc are remotely managed by a third-party.

Another emerging trend is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) where significant cost efficiencies can be realized by leveraging the personal computing devices of practitioners such as their personal laptops, smart phones and tablets. This requires the implementation of advanced mobile device management capabilities that are able to enforce security policies. These policies must ensure that those personal devices are secured to protect any patient data that may pass through it. If a devices be compromised in any way, there should be a process in place to automatically eliminate any threats. Such capabilities make it possible for physicians to be more productive, giving them the ability to access patient data on arbitrary devices knowing that patient data is secure and protected.

At a more fundamental level, cloud-based collaboration tools and capabilities can be applied to patient interaction, enabling physicals to keep in stay in touch with patients, schedule appointments, view medical records records securely etc. Such capabilities are critical in situations where a patient may wish to seek advice from more than one medical practice. The ability to grant the patient control over who has access to their medical data could revolutionized primary healthcare delivery.

As always, there are pitfalls that need to be carefully considered and mitigating actions put in place. Over-dependency on cloud based IT services introduces risk. The service could be unavailable due to an Internet connectivity or bandwidth issue with the Internet. Business applications need to be designed for this scenario, enabling the practice to continue to function, albeit in a limited capacity, until the service is fully restored. As I have travelled across emerging markets in Africa, the need to design for low bandwidth, even in today’s fibre network world is all to evident. At a physical level, it is important to select service providers with built in redundancy at the data center level, as well as at the network, and at the level of all IT resources within the data centers. Service level guarantees must be negotiated and documented in service level agreements, with appropriate penalties for poor performance. A business partner recently relocated to Cameroon and found it challenging to work due to poor / unreliable Internet connectivity. He addressed the problem by using Internet connections from two different providers. When both are working, he has adequate connectivity, and is still able to work when one connection goes down or has reduced connectivity, albeit at a diminished speed.

I would like to end by addressing one of the most common reasons people cite for not trusting the cloud, and that is security. Many are concerned about the trustworthiness of the service provider to allow their sensitive data on the provider’s network. While a more effective approach is to compare the on-premise security procedures in place against those of cloud service providers to validate confidence in their in-house IT capabilities, recent advances in cloud computing and IT have addressed this issue head on. Hybrid cloud implementations allow us to keep sensitive services in-house, while leveraging the cloud for less sensitive services. Additionally, advance encryption capabilities provide protection for confidentiality and integrity of data while flowing through insecure networks. It is therefore paramount that the right advice is sought as companies make the transition to the cloud.

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Simplifying and Driving Cloud Adoption. A journey to make learning about cloud easier.

During the best part of 2013 and early 2014, we embarked on a journey to make learning about cloud easier. Although significant progress has been made across the world in driving access to information via the Internet, my travels across Africa has left me in no doubt that a lot remains to be done.

At CloudClinique.com, we have a simple objective — making cloud best practices more accessible, while simplifying the learning experience. Through our partnership with the Cloud Credential Council (www.cloudcredential.org), we are bringing certification skills to professionals across the world, particularly in regions which were previously beyond reach due to inadequate infrastructure. To achieve our goal, we have focused on breaking down a complex subject into what we believe matters most, designing a delivery mechanism that focuses on building an understanding of best practice concept and the confidence to act on the knowledge.

As we set out to achieve this, we explored various aspects of cloud. In my view, good governance is the key to successful cloud adoption. What is this thing called Governance? Governance is about having a clear vision, effective processes, skills and the organizational structure to drive cloud adoption and innovation within the enterprise. We have compiled a set of best practices for driving cloud adoption. We suggest approaches for creating a compelling cloud vision, while ensuring alignment between business and IT. Governance is about achieving a desired outcome, so best practices on measuring business value are a key consideration.

Many of the clients in the markets we are engaged in are at a very early stage of cloud adoption. Some are currently engaged in building out their data centers. In our experience, alignment of the business and IT is critical at this early stage. There has to be a clear understanding and agreement on the capabilities that should be moved to the cloud, and the expected benefits. Moving to the cloud requires making tradeoffs and prioritizing applications and services based on funding and resources available. And we have not addressed one of the greatest challenges, overcoming the cultural barriers. Over time, organizations have by necessity been built around political empires. To implement projects successfully, specialists with deep subject matter knowledge where needed to design, build and operate IT systems. This led to turf wars, with departments such as security, networking, storage etc, closely guarding and controlling their business. Convincing these entities to embrace the change that cloud brings can be a challenge, so understanding best practices to addressing such challenging issues can make the difference.

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Are all Clouds Equal? Organizations seeking to benefit from public clouds.

As more and more organizations consider moving services such as storage, email, collaboration and applications to the cloud, they have to select a suitable deployment model. The three most common cloud deployment models are private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud. With each of these deployment models, organizations need to select the right mix of service model, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Most of our client engagements have been in the private cloud space, where most clients are focused on deploying services that deliver business agility and competitiveness. We have harvested a set of best practices for identifying service offerings that deliver the most business value with minimal effort. For clients with sunk costs in existing data center facilities, there are considerations to be made on how the private cloud impacts the existing data center, as well as assessing the merits of an internal shared-service center.
Organizations seeking to benefit from public clouds need to analyze their application landscape and select the applications best suited to a public cloud environment. Shadow IT is the term used to describe line of business organizations that bypass their IT department and get their applications from the cloud via software-as-service (SaaS) for a monthly pay-per-user-per-month subscription pricing model. Effective cloud governance can be used to mitigate this risk.
Anyone following the cloud space closely would not have missed the excitement around hybrid cloud. Is hybrid cloud really the future? Selecting the right cloud deployment or service mix requires an understanding of the level of flexibility needed to customize, manage and monitor applications. Hybrid cloud deployments make the case of cloud brokerage services more compelling, where capabilities are put in place to enable to deployment of services to the right cloud platform based on a set predefined conditions, governance or compliance constraints.

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PerspecSys Survey Reveals Cloud-based Security Concerns for 2014

Today PerspecSys announced the results of a survey conducted at the 2014 RSA Conference concerning the attitudes and policies of organizations towards cloud-based security. After polling 130 security professionals on the show floor of the RSA Conference, PerspecSys found that “an overwhelming 74 percent believe security for cloud-based data in 2014 will be a bigger concern than securing data on-premise. In fact, 66 percent of security pros still view the cloud as more difficult to secure than on-premise options.”
The survey found the following opinions concerning cloud security:
  •  66% felt that cloud-based data is much more difficult to secure than on the premises
  • 18% felt that securing data on the cloud is no different than securing data on the premises
  • 16% felt that cloud-based data is less difficult to secure than on the premises
When asked if their organization has security protocols in place for cloud applications:
  • 69% answered yes
  • 31% answered no
The survey asked if their organizations allow employees to access corporate cloud environments from their personal mobile devices:
  • 54% said yes, we have a policy to follow
  • 28% said no, but employees do it anyway
  • 17% said no, we are not allowed or unable to access corporate cloud environments
When asked does your organization use encryption or tokenization technologies to secure sensitive information in the cloud:
  • 36% use encryption
  • 34% don’t use encryption or tokenization
  • 24% use encryption and tokenization
  • 6%   use tokenization
The survey also questioned if revelations regarding the government’s access to cloud data change their willingness to employ cloud services:
·         44% said that it had no effect
·         28% said they are less likely to use the cloud
·         25% said they are more likely to use the cloud
·         4%   said regardless, they will never use the cloud
Companies need to be more proactive with cloud security
Although consumers are definitely shifting towards cloud applications, the survey results revealed that many organizations still need to take the proper steps to secure their cloud-based data. PerspecSys has concluded that:
  • “Almost 31 percent of respondents do not allow employees to access cloud applications such as Salesforce and DropBox from their mobile devices, but indicate employees do it anyway.”
  •  “34 percent of organizations do not encrypt or use tokenization in the cloud.”
  • “31 percent of organizations do not have any significant security protocols in place for employees using cloud applications.”

David Canellos, the CEO of PerspecSys reports that “through the poll data, as well as the results of hundreds of conversations we had at our exhibition booth, we were surprised to see how few companies are putting protocols in place for employees using cloud apps, as they are nearly ubiquitous as productivity enhancers and can hold important data that an organization has a vested interest in protecting. The data reinforces that simply blocking access isn’t an option, it’s time to be proactive and put long trusted security tools such as encryption and tokenization in place to make sure that no matter where your data is, it is protected.”

Stephen Kleynhans, research vice president of Gartner’s, stated in “How the Personal Cloud Impacts IT Organizations” published on February 6, 2014 that “enterprises must establish policies to manage the use of consumer-grade personal cloud tools, ensuring that appropriate information security and compliance controls aren’t being overlooked. IT organizations must also actively survey the user base to understand the motivation behind the tools’ use and ensure that advantageous functionality hasn’t been missed as part of official IT-supported enterprise user environments. IT organizations need to look for places where consumers are using personal cloud services and related apps, and understand the motivations, realizing there may be significant business value that has been missed by IT.”

PerspecSys found that although NSA was a major discussion subject at the 2014 RSA Conference, almost half of those surveyed did not feel the recent headlines and media attention regarding government had any effect on their use of the cloud.

About PerspecSys
PerspecSys Inc. is a leading provider of cloud data control solutions that enable mission critical cloud applications to be adopted throughout the enterprise. PerspecSys gives organizations the ability to understand how employees are using cloud applications and take the necessary steps to protect sensitive information before it leaves the network. By removing the technical, legal and financial risks of placing sensitive data in the cloud, PerspecSys makes the public cloud private. Based in Toronto, PerspecSys Inc. is a privately held company backed by investors, including Intel Capital, Paladin Capital and Ascent Venture Partners. For more information please visit www.perspecsys.com and follow them on Twitter @PerspecSys.

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How Can You Overcome the Barriers to Cloud Adoption.

I came across an article titled “Three Flawed Issues about Cloud Computing” by Larry Bonfante, a practicing CIO and founder of CIO Bench Coach, LLC. He asserts that CIOs who embrace cloud computing are able to focus less of their time on the utility aspect of IT and more of their time on adding business value to their organization. This is one of the most commonly cited benefits of cloud adoption, and most evident where public cloud services are adopted.

Security concerns can usually be addressed though the implementation of the right enterprise risk management strategy based on a proper analysis of the issues and concerns. It is true that some intelligence services like the CIA have adopted cloud computing, and it is reasonable to assume that a lot of effort would be applied to securing the cloud environment. Security receives a lot of attention, particularly with respect to cloud computing. Some would have us believe that there is such a thing as 100% secure. What organizations need to do, with cloud or on-premise IT service, is assess the level of risk they can tolerate and implement the appropriate measures.

The article also sites compliance as another reason some clients make for not migrating to the cloud. While this might have been valid in the past, more and more cloud service providers are achieving the appropriate certifications. That said, migrating to the cloud requires careful consideration of your workload profiles and characteristics to select what is most suitable to be deployed in a cloud environment.

The third and final concern is resilience. This might simply be due to negative publicity when there is an outage. This could be compared to travel by road or air. While traveling by air is a lot safer than traveling by road, most passengers are more apprehensive of air travel because they feel they have little to no control over events. The cloud consumer has to rely on and trust the cloud provider to deliver the services they require within the terms of the negotiated service level agreement. What cloud consumers need to do is assess the disaster recover and business continuity plans in place to ensure they are satisfactory.

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Is the cloud viable for small and medium size businesses?

Technology is without doubt an important business enabler. The most successful businesses today use technology as a key differentiator. Our work environment and patterns are changing constantly, and technology is what enables us to embrace that change. Mobility, and the technological advanced that have put a powerful computer in the form of mobile phones and tablets into our pockets has without doubt been one of the key drivers, making it possible for all of us to connect and work securely at anytime and from anywhere.

A report by IDC predicted that Small and Medium Size (SME) cloud spending would grow by nearly 20 per cent the next five years, with web hosting and hosted email the services at the forefront of SME adoption of ‘cloud computing’ services. Other popular applications used by SMEs include hosted desktop, storage and back-up, accounting and billing, Human Resources and Customer Relations Management.

The key benefits driving cloud services adoption by SMEs are:

Convenience

Most small and medium size businesses what to focus on growing their business rather than running their IT, and are prepared to hand this over to someone else. With the cloud, small businesses can outsource their IT quickly and easily.

Cost-effective

Cost containment is a key concern for small and medium size businesses, particularly in a very competitive and rapidly changing business environment. By delivering cost-effective, on-demand computing services, where the customer only pay for what they use, budget concern are mitigated.

Safe and secure

In spite of the news of data breaches and IT hacks, data stored in the cloud is more robust and secure than a small business is likely to be able to implement. Cloud providers invest significant amount of effort in monitoring their IT environment, preventing authorized users from accessing data with encryption, implementing capabilities that make their service resilient to multiple system failures. The risk to their reputation of a failure or security breach is significant.

Flexibility

Cloud computing has been the key technology enabling remote working. With the cloud, the technology platforms and services needed for this are easily accessible, without the need to worry about installing, configuring, maintaining and licensing your own IT systems. Cloud enables employees to have the same experience whether in the office, while our traveling on business or at home. The experience can be consistent across desktop, mobile and tablet devices.

The cloud does indeed change things for all of us…

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Is the cloud viable for small and medium size businesses?


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Michael Gendron: Business Intelligence and the Cloud

How to measure cloud computing options and benefits to impact business intelligence infrastructure New book from Michael S. Gendron 
This book is a guide for managers and others involved in using cloud computing to create business value. It starts with a discussion of the media hype around cloud computing and attempt to pull together what industry experts are saying in order to create a unified definition. Once this foundation is created—assisting the reader’s understanding of what cloud computing is—the discussion moves to getting business benefits from cloud computing. Lastly, the discussion focuses on examples of cloud computing, public clouds, private clouds, and virtualization. The book emphasizes how these technologies can be used to create business value and how they can be integrated into an organizations business intelligence system. It helps the user make a business case for cloud computing applications—applications that are used to gather/create data, which in turn are used to generate business intelligenceBusiness Intelligence and the Cloud on AmazonBusiness Intelligence and the Cloud  unnamed
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Intrusion Detection on Public IaaS. Cloud computing is driving the business of IT.

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Cloud computing is driving the business of information technology today.
“A recent Gartner survey on the future of IT services found that only 38 percent of all organizations surveyed indicate cloud services use today. However, 80 percent of organizations said that they intend to use cloud services in some form within 12 months, including 55 percent of the organizations not doing so today.“ (Gartner, Inc, 2013)
As companies rush to adopt cloud, however, information technology (IT) security sometimes seems to be an afterthought.
The goal of this paper is to provide a survey of the current state of IT security within public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service providers. After first providing a cloud computing overview, the paper will focus on the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) deployment model, the typical home of IaaS intrusion detection components. The Gartner Cloud Use Case Framework will then be introduced as it will also serve as the framework for this survey. An in-depth review of public cloud intrusion detection studies, options and expert observations will then follow. The paper will then offer the authors conclusions and cloud computing IDS recommendations for enterprises considering a move to the cloud.


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Martin Hartman – Ambassador for the Netherlands

Martin Hartman is the new CCC ambassador for the Netherlands

Martin is a “Cloud Situationist”, creator of cloud situations, deliberately constructed for the purpose of pursuing authentic desires and value perception and liberation. Seeking to catalyze nexus’s of forces; Mobile, Big Data to enable the introduction of disruptive Cloud business models fit for mass consumption or  speed up their evolution.

Active in the IT Industry since 1981 with a 10 year focus on utility computing models, Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and Cloud.
Martin current position: Partner Director EMEA at SaaSplaza; Cloud Platform for Microsoft Business partners with (vertical) solution for CRM and ERP (NAV, AX, GP).

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NCOIC To Rollout Open Process for Creating Secure, Hybrid IT Computing Environments

Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium to offer capability to organizations that seek to combine traditional and cloud infrastructures for greater efficiency and mission success

WASHINGTON-November 19, 2013-Next month, the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) will introduce an open pattern that will enable governments, agencies and businesses to create a secure, hybrid IT environment quickly and cost effectively. Cloud computing expertKevin Jackson has been named to lead the team that will assist organizations in adopting the process, known as the NCOIC Rapid Response Capability (NRRC), into their operations. “The NRRC was initially developed for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to test the ability of an open cloud environment to quickly collect, store and share geospatial information in a complex disaster situation,” said Jackson. “We have refined the process with checklists, rules and patterns so it can promote information exchange and collaboration for a wide range of needs, including emergency response, humanitarian assistance and rapid IT infrastructure deployment.”

Jackson was part of the NCOIC industry-government team that demonstrated to NGA leaders in September the rapid capability of building a community cloud and populating it with applications. The demonstration included a simulation of a major earthquake and showed how a multinational team using different technology platforms could plug into the cloud and work together toward a common goal.

Jackson is a specialist in information technology solutions that meet federal government operational requirements. He has been part in the collaborative effort between industry and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology on the federal government’s adoption of cloud computing technologies. He is author of the “Cloud Musings” blog, founder and editor ofGovernment Cloud Computing electronic magazine, and author of two books on cloud computing.

Prior to joining NCOIC, Jackson was vice president and general manager of Cloud Services at NJVC, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business unit, including development and implementation of cloud service offerings and delivery. During his 25+-year career, he has been vice president of Federal Systems at Sirius Computer Solutions, worldwide sales executive at IBM, vice president of the Global IT Project Office at JP Morgan Chase, and chief technical officer at SENTEL Corporation. He also served with the National Reconnaissance Office in the Operational Support Office, where he provided tactical support to Navy and U.S. Marine Corps forces worldwide. During his career with the U.S. Navy, Jackson held specialties in Command & Control and Space Systems Engineering while accumulating over 2500 hours and 230 carrier landings flying E-2C and C-2A aircraft.

As the NCOIC’s rapid deployment capability executive, Jackson and his team will work will international government organizations and the cloud computing community in implementing the NRRC process. In addition, Jackson will oversee the activities of the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group.

The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium works to enable cross-domain interoperability in and between such areas as aerospace, civil and military operations, air traffic management, health care and more. NCOIC is an international not-for-profit organization with more than 50 members and advisors representing businesses, government agencies and organizations in 12 countries. It has a nine-year history of developing world-class skills and tools that help its members and customers operate effectively across diverse global market sectors and domains.

For more information on the Consortium and the NRRC open process, visit www.ncoic.org.

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Creating Secure, Hybrid IT Computing Environments
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NCOIC Communications


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Verne Global – ODCA 2013 Highlights: “Business Transformation for Enterprise IT”

Highlights from ODCA’s Forecast 2013 event in San Francisco, CA, featuring:

– Denis Curran, Head of Technology Strategy & Innovation, Enterprise Services & Transformation, National Australia Bank
– Harish Rao, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Infrastructure Services, Capgemini
– Marcel Heilijgers, Executive Director, Cloud Credential Council
– Mario Mueller, BMW’s Vice President of IT Infrastructure and Chair of ODCA
– Tate Cantrell, CTO, Verne Global

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OMB’s Evidence Memo: A Call for Cloud Services Brokerage

In a late July memo the Office of Management and Budget requested cloud services brokerage.
Well, not in so many words.
Rather, OMB requested increased use of evidence in 2015 budget proposals and in evaluation of existing programs to, in the words of agency leadership, “continually improve program performance by applying existing evidence about what works generating new knowledge and using experimentation and innovation to test new approaches to program delivery.”
The memo is part of the administration’s ongoing evidenced-based initiative to better use analytics to evaluate outcomes of dollars spent.
All of which makes sense. With the ebb tide of sequestration causing federal IT budgets to continue to recede, Uncle Sam’s wallet is more cobwebs than cash. This means every dollar spent must be carefully indexed for performance.
In federal IT, it’s a call for CSB, not simply for the cost savings of cloud computing, but for the independent tracking of metrics and flexibility a multi-vendor broker solution provides.
Kevin L. Jackson
“Cloud services brokerage is an evidence-based performance model,” NJVC Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services, Kevin L. Jackson said. “Pricing is transparent. Performance is transparent. The cloud broker’s only incentive is to provide the best performance and value to the customer.”
CSB solutions like NJVC’s Cloudcuity platform, can help bring cost transparency and detailed evidence of performance to the IT enterprise. With automated dashboards and monitoring, CSB solutions can replace some of the human capital required to monitor single-vendor solutions, while expertise in deploying and managing mulit-vendor solutions can help reduce the burden of integrating what frustrated customers often refer to as phonebooks of APIs.
In an area with highly dynamic pricing and an emering universe of options, CSB brings sunshine to the economics of the cloud.
“For the same reasons brokerage has revolutionized travel, financial services and other industries, the same impact will be realized in cloud computing,” Jackson said. “It’s more choice, more transparency and more evidence of success or failure.”
Federal belt-tightening makes CSB a tool with which agencies can do more with less in the lean times, and more with more in times of expanded budgets.
CSB also supports something that federal IT isn’t typically afforded—flexibility. Underperformance of a vendor or solution doesn’t require the end of a contract’s option year or other termination actions. Agencies and programs can simply switch. New ideas or services can be tested an inexpensive rate, systems virtualized with dummy data to mitigate security risks and, if the outcomes are beneficial, solutions deployed more nimbly.
Cloud computing has already generated savings for federal IT. A 2012 industry survey found asavings of $5.5 billion annually across the federal IT budget due to cloud adoption.
CSB marks the next level of cost savings, preventing much of the financial leakage associated with cloud deployment. As the federal government explores CSB as a delivery model, the early evidence of its success is already here.
At the state level, four agencies in Texas are already using CSB services, provided through the same CSB portal that powers the NJVC Cloudcuity portfolio. The agencies estimate a 30-45 percent infrastructure cost savings compared to internal data center costs and reported improved ability to onboard cloud options by a factor of five. VoteTexas.gov, a site launched by the Texas Secretary of State to serve as a one-stop resource fo the needs of Texas voters, was stood up in just two weeks.
Internationally, Cloudcuity provided CSB to a disaster relief response demonstration, providing a key technology to stand up an international disaster response infrastructure (comprising four clouds, seven applications and two geospatial data stores) in less than a year with no capital expenditure. The lessons learned from this reenactment may become the baseline for future disaster response, drastically reducing cost and decreasing time to deploy critical resources.
As more and more cloud solutions come online, CSB provides a streamlined acquisition model for self provisioning, or, working in concert with cloud consultants like Jackson to determine the best route. A CSB provides clear proof of normalized cloud performance, determined through validated algorithms—not simply the one-page marketing slick numbers a single vendor promotes. A full-service CSB can help reduce some of the leakage of savings associated with cloud computing by helping end users deal with integrating numerous APIs, dynamic pricing, identifying pricing arbitrage and understanding likely future cost fluctuations.
Moreover, competition can remain constant with the help of a CSB, as performance and cost are constantly monitored and compared against differing solutions. A CSB can can then compete pricing among multiple providers, allowing  Federal or commercial clients to remain agile in a dynamic marketplace.
“Vendors focus on creating the best product, which is great. Cloud services brokers, however, focus on creating the best strategy for an individual customer,” Jackson said. “The two objectives may not be the same. No one would argue that Maserati makes an inferior car to an 18-wheeler, but if you need a transport fleet, merely being the best automobile doesn’t make it the best choice.”
And unlike a single-vendor solution, CSB provides complete transparency in results, both in spend and performance, and next-step course corrections without the need for expensive internal staff.
For federal IT, which needs to turn every nickel into a dollar, CSB can be a powerful tool to maximize budget spend.

The evidence will be right in front of you.


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