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COMP9075 - Cloud Strategies &Optimisation

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Title:Cloud Strategies &Optimisation
Long Title:Cloud Strategies &Optimisation
Module Code:COMP9075
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Sean McSweeney
Module Author: Vincent Emeakaroha
Module Description: This module will enable students to identify the strategic value of cloud computing as a business enabling technology. It will provide students the skills and knowledge to transform existing businesses to cloud-based or implement and manage a pure cloud native business strategy for an organisation. It will also give students the skills to estimate cloud cost and to understand the key elements for trusting a cloud service.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Strategically assess how cloud platforms enable/strengthen business transformations in an organisation.
LO2 Investigate how to leverage cloud technologies in emerging areas like digital health, Artificial Intelligence (AI), smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT).
LO3 Evaluate and optimise modern road maps for performing workload migration to cloud with clear focus on achieving competitive business advantages.
LO4 Analyse patterns for cloud native transformations and explore how to implement safe and evolutionary cloud native approaches.
LO5 Evaluate various cloud service pricing and cost estimation models in relation to real world cloud usage scenarios.
LO6 Investigate strategies to improve trust of cloud technologies and services to increase business adoption rate.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Requirements

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Co-requisites
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Business Transformation Strategies
Moving to and exploiting cloud platforms to enable higher business value. Strategic objective identifications and re-engineering. Definition of new strategies and how to guide their implementation. How core characteristics of the cloud--such as on-demand resources, usage-based charging, and geographic dispersion--translate into business value: revenue growth, cost and risk reduction, and customer experience enhancement. Cost and benefits analysis in workload migration to cloud platforms.
Competitive Advantage Strategies
Investigating business models exploiting cloud technologies to gain competitive advantage. Diverse use-case scenario analysis. Discuss how to leverage cloud technologies in emerging areas like digital health, Artificial Intelligence (AI), smart city and Internet of Things (IoT). SWOT/PEST analysis. Porter’s 3 Generic Strategies, Porter’s 5 Competitive Forces and Value Chain Analysis.
Cloud Consumer Optimisation
Optimise and develop new cloud consumer strategies to realise key strategic business objectives. Create modern road maps for performing workload migration to cloud with clear focus on achieving optimal business advantages. Quantifies how customers, users, and cloud providers can collaborate to create win-win business relations. Explain the conventional wisdom on cloud usage, IT spend, community clouds, and the enterprise-provider cloud balance. Explain the probable evolution of cloud businesses and ecosystems.
Cloud Native Design Patterns
Discuss what cloud native means and why enterprises are so interested in it. Discuss common barriers and pitfalls that have affected many companies (and how to avoid them). Explain context-specific patterns for a successful cloud native transformation. How to implement a safe, evolutionary cloud native approach. Explore how companies addressed root causes and misunderstandings that hindered their progress. Discuss case studies from real-world companies that have succeeded with cloud native transformations.
Cloud Economics and Service Management
Explore cloud service pricing and cost estimation models. Discuss cloud service provisioning monitoring, metering and billing models. Analyse CAPEX (Onpremise) v OPEX (Cloud) models and economic risk of workload migration. Discuss Service Level Agreement (SLA), enforcement strategies and dispute resolutions. Explore Business Support Systems and Operational Support Systems for cloud service management.
Compliance and IT Governance
Managing the adherence of cloud services/business workload to a set of agreed standards. Discuss aspects of GDPR with clear focus on cloud services. Discuss data privacy, location and jurisdiction. Analyse IT governance, risk and compliance in the delivery of Cloud services.
Trust in Cloud Technologies
Investigate strategies to improve user trust of cloud technologies and services. Define the concept of trust and its enabling elements. Discuss the implications of lack of trust in cloud services and its effects with regards to business adoption of cloud. Explore how behavioural economics--humans' "predictable irrationality"--impacts cloud adoption. Discuss approaches to address trust issues and to facilitate trustworthiness of cloud technologies and services.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Given a case study the students are expected for example to evaluate the strategy adopted by a particular organisation and how it could be optimised. 1,2,3 40.0 Week 8
Project An example project would be to investigate the design patterns for implementing cloud native business transformations, discuss challenges and cost estimation for an organisation to successfully realise a cloud strategy. 4,5,6 60.0 Sem End
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
Lecture Independent study. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 7.00
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
  • Pini Reznik, Jamie Dobson, Michelle Gienow 2019, Cloud Native Transformation: Practical Patterns for Innovation, 1st Ed Ed., O'Reilly Media [ISBN: 978-149204890]
  • Ray Rafaels 2018, Cloud Computing, 2nd Ed Ed., CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform [ISBN: 1986726282]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Moe Abdula, Ingo Averdunk, Roland Barcia, Kyle Brown, Ndu Emuchay 2018, The Cloud Adoption Playbook: Proven Strategies for Transforming Your Organization with the Cloud,, 1st Ed Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9781119491811]
  • Karl W. Palachuk 2019, Cloud Services in a Month: Build a Successful Cloud Service Business in 30 Days, Great Little Book Publishing [ISBN: 1942115547]
  • Stephen Orban 2018, Ahead in the Cloud: Best Practices for Navigating the Future of Enterprise IT, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform [ISBN: 978-19819243]
  • Tom Laszewski, Kamal Arora, Erik Farr, Piyum Zonooz 2018, Cloud Native Architectures: Design High-availability and Cost-effective Applications for the Cloud, 1st Ed Ed., Packt Publishing [ISBN: 1787280543]
  • Punit Gupta, Pradeep Kumar Gupta 2020, Trust & Fault in Multi Layered Cloud Computing Architecture, 1st Ed Ed., Springer [ISBN: 3030373185]
  • Thomas M. Siebel 2019, Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction, Rosetta Books [ISBN: 1948122480]
  • Vladimir O. Safonov 2016, Trustworthy Cloud Computing, Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 1119113504]
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

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