Internal Business Effects of the Cloud

If you have made the strategic decision to migrate to the cloud then it’s recommended for you to have an understanding of how this affects your business internally. This course will look at the different areas of your organization and help give you visibility on how a cloud migration will affect your organization from a business perspective.

We will look at how the dynamics of the Business will change, from adopting new sales approaches to the way in which your conduct your deployment operations, a number of changes can occur internally and it’s good to be aware of them.

Not only are there changes to the operations and processes of your departments, but there are also changes on a deeper and personal level, such as how a migration can affect your employees. A number factors come into play here and some of them can be detrimental to both the business and the employee, we will take a look at each of these.

As with all migrations of one kind or another, there are of course financial implications, we examine topics such as capex and opex, billing, budgets, human resources costs among others, there are a lot of financial changes that can happen within your organization and planning for them can be difficult.

Contractual business obligations play a huge part in the success of your migration, for example do you have the right SLA for your service? Does the cloud vendor offer SLAs that meet your customer requirements? Can you achieve the correct level of security compliance and governance such as ISO or HIPAA compliance? All of these concerns are discussed with suggestions and recommendations.

Finally, we look at some of the business risks encountered when your business goes ahead with a cloud migration, such as the inflexibility of contracts and what happens when or if it goes wrong!

Course Objectives 

By completing this course, you will have

  • A greater visibility of the impact that cloud computing can have on the internal teams and processes of an organization
  • An understanding of how cloud migrations can directly affect your employees
  • The knowledge to plan and educate other business areas of key changes that are likely to occur assisting in a smoother migration to the cloud whilst mitigating known risks

This course has been designed for:

  • Business Managers
  • Project Managers


  • A basic understanding of cloud computing and its benefits
  • Some exposure to business acumen and team structure

This Course Includes:

  • Over 45 minutes of high-definition video 
  • 7 lectures
  • Vendor product documentation links to key topics

What You Will Learn:

Introduction - This provides an introduction to the trainer and covers the intended audience. We will also look at what lectures are included in the course, and what you will gain as a student from attending the course.

Business Dynamics and Procedure - Here we analyze those internal changes that directly affect the way in which departments operate, from sales to business analytics to processes and procedures.

Effects on Your Employees - This lecture looks at both the positive and the negative effects this can have, covering training and career potential to redundancies. We look at these changes from the employee’s perspective.

Financial Impact - This lecture focuses on the different financial effects cloud migration can have, and where these changes will occur.

Contractual Business Obligations - Here you will see how important it is to be aware of any obligations you have to your customers, specifically when it comes to audited security compliances because failure to meet these could have legal consequences.

Business Risks - With change comes risks, and in this lecture we identify where some of these risks can come from and how to best mitigate them.

Summary - Lastly, we will take note of some of the important factors learnt from the previous lectures.

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Hello, and welcome to this course.

As you have arrived here, then it safe for me to assume you have made the strategic decision to migrate services from your current IT solution to the cloud. That in itself is a big step to take, and many struggle to get this far.

If for any reason you still have some reservations about your decision to migrate, then please visit our existing course, entitled Should Your Business Moved to the Cloud, which will help you reinforce your strategy. This course, however, will lead you onto the next step of understanding how a cloud migration will affect your organization internally, from a business perspective.

Before we begin, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Stuart Scott, I'm one of the trainers here at Cloud Academy, specializing in AWS Amazon Web services. Feel free to connect with me with any questions, using the details on screen. Alternatively, you can always get in touch with us here at Cloud Academy using the community form found from our home page, where one of our cloud experts will reply to your question or query.

Okay, let's move on, and take a look at who this course is intended for. This course is aimed at business managers and project managers who are seeking to understand how internal department structures, and business procedures may undergo change from a cloud migration. This course is primarily focused more on the business impact than that of the technical understanding of cloud technology.

This course will focus on the following business elements; the change of business dynamics and procedure, here we shall be looking at how the internal workings of the organization will change as a result of implementing cloud technology.

The effect on your employees, will you need to review your skill sets within your team, and its structure of roles and responsibilities?

Financial impact, in this section, we will be covering the cloud's financial effects on the business.

Contractual business obligations, what are the SLAs of the cloud, and what governance controls do they adhere to from an auditing perspective?

Business risks, here, we shall look at some of the risks to the business when adopting the cloud.

Then, finally, we'll review a summary of everything that we've learned within the course.

So, what will you gain from this course? By completing this course, you'll have a greater visibility of the impact that cloud computing can have on the internal teams of an organization, and how it can directly affect your employees. You will have the knowledge to plan and educate other business areas of key changes that are likely to occur, assisting in a smoother migration to the cloud, whilst mitigating known risks.

There are couple of prerequisites to this course. Firstly, that you have a basic understanding of cloud computing and its benefits. Then, secondly, that you have some exposure to business acumen and team structure.

That brings us to the end of this introductory lecture. In the next lecture, we start looking at how the business dynamics begin to change.

About the Author
Learning Paths

Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.