Summary: Internal Business Effects of the Cloud
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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 the final lecture within this course. I just want to spend a couple of minutes highlighting the main points we have covered.

We identified that there will be a number of changes to the general dynamics of the business in the way in which clouds are approached and how this brings other changes to your organization. This may include different sales techniques, along with the ability to access and run in-depth business analytics, which may alter business decisions.

We also looked at how responsibilities within the organization may change as a result of your migration and that the new processes and procedures will need to be defined to help manage your new deployment and implementation methods.

Following this, we touched on how this directly affects your employees, such as the potential of new roles and opportunities being made available, as well as the possibility of roles becoming redundant. Training is especially important to ensure that your teams are in a position to implement your new chosen cloud strategy.

We also looked at how these changes affect your employees, how a cloud migration affects specific teams and individuals, the issues that may arise and how to offer reassurance to your workforce that this change brings positivity and opportunity to all involved.

Next, we looked at how the cloud impacts financial changes. Cloud adoption allows for less spend on your capital expenditure but more towards your operation expenditure. Also, billing to your internal departments and customers can be optimized with specific billing reports related to defined usage of cloud services, which your finance department can centrally manage by the cloud console.

There will also be a shift of spend within certain budgets as resources are being sourced, used and deployed virtually on the cloud, and so less spend is required on the hardware for the business.

We then looked at your contractual obligations as a business that you have towards your customers when migrating to the cloud. For example, your SLAs. We looked at how the cloud renders supply and operate their service level agreements with you and how it's important that you meet your customers' requirements.

Lastly, we looked at some of the risks involved, starting from legislation, inflexibility of contracts and strategy choice. You will come across a number of your own risks, dependent on your industry and business function. But it's key to ensure you perform the necessary risks mitigations against these known risks.

Throughout this course, I've referenced other courses that we have available, which I wanted to introduce to you. All of which can be found here.

Firstly, What is Cloud Computing, where we provide a clear definition of what cloud computing is, a comprehensive understanding of cloud computing, an understanding of cloud computing's benefits and key concepts, and an understanding of when and where to use it, using the appropriate industry models.

Also, we have a course dedicated in helping you define if you should move your business to the cloud, which gives you the knowledge to discuss confidently as to why or why not you should migrate services to the cloud, the ability to steer stakeholders in the right direction for a cloud business strategy, and the understanding of some of the different benefits and constraints that cloud can have on a business.

If you are looking to gain certification for you or your team members, then visit our learning paths that are dedicated and guiding you towards a specific vendor certification.

That brings us to the end of this course.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to receiving any feedback you may have. Thank you.

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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.

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