Site Navigation

COMP9034 - Cloud Strategy Planning & Mngt

Title:Cloud Strategy Planning & Mngt
Long Title:Cloud Strategy Planning & Mngt
Module Code:COMP9034
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donna OShea
Module Author: Sarah OConnell
Module Description: This module will enable students to evaluate the strategic value of cloud computing as part of a Information Technology (IT) strategy and will give students the skills and knowledge to plan and manage a cloud computing strategy for an organisation.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Strategically assess how cloud computing enables IT Transformation in an organisation.
LO2 Investigate how business strategy models assist organisations in gaining competitive advantage.
LO3 Assess the importance of strategic IT Leadership for an organisation.
LO4 Evaluate various competitive advantage strategies from both a consumer and providers perspective that enable cloud computing deliver business agility in the Enterprise.
LO5 Develop an IT and governance stategy to deliver on strategic business objectives as part of an overall business strategy.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
No Co Requisites listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Business Value IT Transformation
Moving to a cloud architecture and strategy to achieve business value. Analyse the driving forces behind cloud computing and its evolution. Define cloud computing in terms of NIST's five essential characteristics and four deployment models. Discuss the benefits of cloud computing and potential barriers to cloud adoption.
Competitive Advantage Strategies
Investigate business strategy models to gain competitive advantage for organisations, SWOT/PEST, Porter’s 3 Generic Strategies, Porters 5 Competitive Forces and Porters Value Chain Analysis
Strategic IT Leadership
Emphasize the roles of the strategic IS/IT leaders such as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in planning and managing IT Strategic development in the organization
Cloud Consumer Strategy
Develop a Cloud Consumer Strategy to deliver on strategic business objectives in the business strategy. Perform a migration analysis on consumers workloads based on priority and suitabiity. Create a roadmap for cloud adoption for cloud consumer organisations.
Cloud Service Provider Strategy
Explore the possibilities from a Cloud Service Provider point of view. The architecture of cloud services will be described including an overview of common cloud reference architectures, cloud infrastructures, partnerships and service management. The role & responsibilities of the Cloud Service Provider will be explored e.g. with respect to portability/interoperability, privacy & security.
Benefit Realisation and IT Governance
Managing resources (people, process, technology), to realise benefit from Private/Public Cloud IT services (IaaS, PaaS, PraaS, SaaS),Gartner's 5 pillars of benefit realisation. Analyse IT governance, risk and compliance as a service in measuring the delivery of IT Strategy from Cloud IT Services e.g. implementing COBIT for Sarbannes Oxley (SOX) compliance and other commonly-used approaches.
Cloud Service Management
Cloud Service Management by Consumers and Providers including Business Support Systems (BSS) and Operational Support Systems (OSS)
Cloud Economics
Analyse CAPEX (Onpremise) v OPEX (Cloud) models, supply side (Provider) v demand side (Consumer) cloud service provision and adoption, economic risk of workload migration to a Private v Public Cloud architecture, metering & billing models and TCO v ROI of cloud service workloads.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Given a case study the student is expected for example to evaluate the stragegy adopted by a particular organisation. 1,2,4 40.0 Week 8
Project An example project as part of this assessment would be to discuss the challenges in data security, compliance and IT governance for an organisation to successfully move to the Cloud. 3,4,5 60.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering content. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Tutorial supporting student. 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering content. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Tutorial supporting student. 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent study. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Dimitris N. Chorfas 2010, Cloud Computing Strategies, 1st Ed., CRC Press [ISBN: 9781439834534]
  • Andy Mulholland, Jon Pyke, Peter Finger 2010, Enterprise Cloud Computing - A Strategy Guide for Business and Technology Leaders, Meghan Kiffer Press [ISBN: 0929652290]
  • Eric Bauer, Randee Adams 2012, Reliability & Availability of Cloud Computing, 1st Ed., Wiley (IEEE) Press [ISBN: 9781118177013]
  • Joe Weinman 2012, Cloudonomics - Business Value of Cloud Computing, 1st Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9781118229965]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • David S. Linthicum 2009, Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise: A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Use SaaS, SOA, Mashups, and Web 2.0 to Break Down the IT Gates, 1st edition Ed., Addison Wesley [ISBN: 0136009220]
  • Charles Babcock 2010, Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, 1st Ed., McGraw/Hill [ISBN: 0071740759]
  • Mark I. Williams 2010, A Quick Start Guide to Cloud Computing: Moving Your Business into the Cloud, Kogan page [ISBN: 0749461306]
  • Barry Briggs, Eduardo Kassner 2016, Enterprise Cloud Strategy, Microsoft Press [ISBN: 9781509301766]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KCLDC_9 Master of Science in Cloud Computing 1 Mandatory

Cork Institute of Technology
Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork

Tel: 021-4326100     Fax: 021-4545343
Email: help@cit.edu.ie