Cloud Computing Course Outlines
March 29, 2016 by Bill Rosenthal

It's clear that the cloud is taking over. For the next five years, observers expect an annual growth rate of 44% for workload in the public cloud while "on-premise" computing workloads will grow only at 8.9%. Right now, an organization on average uses 545 cloud services! 

IBM created a great infographic of the five reasons businesses are adopting cloud computing technology:

  1. It offers better insight and visibility.
  2. It makes collaboration easy.
  3. It can support a variety of business needs.
  4. It allows for rapid development of new products and services.
  5. The results are proven.

The bottom line is, if you’re not using the cloud fairly heavily now, you soon will. But are your employees ready for it?

It’s true that nothing could be easier for a user than logging into and making updates. But for (or any cloud service) to achieve its full potential for you, you need your own instance of the service, and that requires development and support by your own IT staff. You can send them to training, and you probably should. But if you’re using 545 cloud services, you’re going to have a lot of redundancy in your training effort.

If you anticipate using a wide range of cloud services, you want your IT people to be able to implement them. When their skills are tied to particular platforms, they aren’t going to have the flexibility you need. You need your IT people to understand cloud computing as a discipline rather than a proprietary platform. 

That’s where the National Cloud Technologists Association comes in. It created a vendor-agnostic curriculum and certification for cloud computing. The NCTA’s unique CloudMaster certificate program provides IT professionals with a strong foundation in cloud technologies, knowledge of the overall cloud architecture and management of cloud infrastructure, as well as a solid technical background in modern web services deployment and administration. The courses guide students through a wide variety of cloud based technologies. Technologies covered include Microsoft Windows and Azure, Amazon Web Services, VMware, Linux, Google Docs, Drupal, Wordpress, OpenStack, Rackspace, Digital Ocean, Chef, and Chef Solo.

The CloudMaster certification program consists of three courses that will be available from Logical Operations in spring 2016: Cloud Technologies, Cloud Operations, and Cloud Architecture. We have just released outlines for the three courses, and they are available for your review: just call 1.800.889.8350 or email 

We will be delivering the courses on the CHOICE® digital learning platform. Like the rest of the Logical Operations course library, the cloud computing curriculum will give students direct access to powerful digital learning tools before, during, and after class to help reinforce learning beyond the classroom. Students enjoy a multitude of ways to learn: video learning, peer-to-peer learning through social communities, checklists for on-the-job support, assessments that check for understanding — all available any time on any device.

Students will spend the majority of class time focused on use cases rather than lectures on theoretical knowledge. Candidates finish the curriculum with a full portfolio of cloud skills, and not just a head full of abstract cloud concepts. And they won’t be tied to particular platforms.