As the move to cloud-based computing gathers inexorable momentum, Galahad, a technology training company has teamed up with the Cloud Industry Forum to provide buyers and resellers with an introduction to cloud computing.
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Two separate courses, Buying Cloud Services and Selling Cloud Services, are being offered from mid-December as one day seminars. Developed by the Cloud Industry Forum, the seminars are designed to provide participants with a vendor-neutral overview of cloud computing.
They also include information on how to define a relevant business case, set selection criteria, source suppliers, navigate cloud contracts and manage hybrid IT procurement. The overall aim of the seminars is to equip decision makers with the information they need to make informed decisions.
Simon Allen, director, Galahad, said: “We believe the future of IT is centred on cloud computing because it enables flexibility and scalability previously unachievable. There is, however, a great deal of confusion and FUD in the industry.”
The courses comply with the requirements of the Cloud Industry Forum certification scheme for cloud service providers.
Alex Hilton, CEO, Cloud Information Forum, said: “The overall cloud adoption rate in the UK stands at an all-time high, with 69% of businesses formally using at least one type of cloud service, but from our latest research we know that understanding of cloud computing, and its business impact, is not as high as it could be.
“Just 38% of cloud users report that they fully understand the business impact of cloud services, 37% have a good understanding of cloud contracts, and 40 per cent understand the changes to business process required to migrate to cloud services.”
The dates for the seminars are 10 December 2013 for Selling Cloud Services and 11 December for Buying Cloud Services.