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It's not just tech professionals who need to improve their cloud skills. As more and more businesses launch in or migrate to the cloud, it's key that every individual in an organization understand the cloud computing space and the impact it is having on all aspects of a company.

This Cloud Computing for Business Professionals learning path covers cloud starting with the basics, defining what cloud computing is in order to make sure you have the context you need to understand how to make key business decisions. We look at different deployment and service models, along with key cloud concepts and some use cases for cloud technology.

Next, we look at how cloud integration affects the internal business operations across the organization, including which business dynamics are affected, contractual obligations, and risks inherent in operating your business in the cloud. Some of you will already be working for an organization that's made the leap, and some will be considering plans to migrate, but no matter what, understanding the impact of what it means for your business to move to the cloud will be valuable.

Finally, we provide an overview of the major public cloud platforms so you can understand the similarities and differences.

This learning path provides any business professional with the information they need to make critical decisions from their business, from whether to migrate to the cloud, to which platforms to consider, to mitigating the risks, and ultimately, to being able to operate most effectively using the technology that's transforming enterprises around the globe.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what cloud computing is: the key concepts, deployment models, and service models
  • Understand the business impacts of moving to the cloud
  • Learn the pros, cons, and use cases of cloud computing to understand if it's right for your organization
  • Learn how moving to the cloud will affect your costs and how to optimize costs through cloud computing

Intended Audience

This learning path is ideal for company executives, IT professionals, and technical leads who are considering a move to cloud computing and who want to understand the implications it would have on their business.


To get the most out of this learning path, you should have experience in business and IT operations. Any knowledge of cloud computing would be beneficial, but not essential.


Your certificate for this learning path

Training Content

Course - Beginner - 34m
What Is Cloud Computing?
This Course provides an introduction to Cloud Computing and its key concepts, deployment models, and service models.
Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: What is Cloud Computing?
Knowledge Check: What is Cloud Computing?
Course - Beginner - 46m
Internal Business Effects of the Cloud
This course looks at the different areas of your organization and helps give you visibility on how a cloud migration will affect it from a business perspective.
Exam - 20m
Knowledge Check: Internal Business Effects in the Cloud
Knowledge Check: Internal Business Effects in the Cloud
Course - Beginner - 47m
Should Your Business Move to the Cloud?
This course will help you determine if the cloud is a good fit for your business by looking at the benefits, constraints and use cases of cloud computing.
Exam - 25m
Knowledge Check: Should Your Business Move to the Cloud?
Knowledge Check: Should Your Business Move to the Cloud?
Course - Intermediate - 1h 15m
Cost Optimization Strategies for the Cloud
In this course, you'll learn what you can do to reduce overall spending while maintaining innovation velocity.
Exam - 30m
Final Exam: Cloud Computing for Business Professionals
Final Exam: Cloud Computing for Business Professionals
About the Author
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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.

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.