Microsoft partners over cloud strategy course

Miya Knights News
13 Feb, 2012

Irish university and management body join forces with software giant to offer new diploma

University College Cork (UCC) and the Irish Management Institute (IMI) yesterday announced the launch of a Diploma in Cloud Strategy.

As part of a joint development with Microsoft Ireland (MSI), the part-time course has been designed to equip its students with the skills necessary to support development of a billion-pound cloud computing opportunity.

That’s according to research by Goodbody carried out in 2011 on behalf of Microsoft, which found cloud-based innovation in Ireland has the potential to deliver €9.4bn (£7.9bn) in annual sales and create up to 8,600 new jobs.

Dr Michael Murphy, University College Cork president, said: “The Diploma in Cloud Strategy will equip managers with the expertise to develop cloud strategies that deliver bottom line value.”

Aimed at technical and non-technical managers, entrepreneurs and graduates with industry experience, the diploma is also the first to develop the joint UCC/IMI Master of Business qualification with an industry partner.

Students will gain practical cloud-based implementation experience through workshops with senior Microsoft specialists and visit MSI’s Grange Castle cloud data centre.

Paul Rellis, Microsoft Ireland managing director suggested cloud computing required a “new way of thinking about information and its value to any organisation”.

“This programme will enable the formulation of new business strategies and business models, and a fresh approach to the skills required to take advantage of what the cloud can offer,” he said.

The diploma will enable participants to identify and evaluate cloud-related strategies for their organisations and develop a sound business case for moving to the cloud. As part of its programme, participants will develop a “cloud strategy blueprint” for their organisation, according to UCC.

Based on three themes – strategy processes and frameworks, innovation management and cloud based business models – UCC added that the course will feature an “intensely interactive” and “action-learning” focused teaching emphasis, drawing on participants’ professional experiences to bring cloud concepts, theories and frameworks to life.

The part-time course will begin in April 2012 at the IMI’s National Management Campus in Sandyford, Dublin and form part of the UCC/IMI Master of Business framework.

Successful participants will receive an IMI Diploma and a 30-credit certificate, accredited at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The diploma can also be put towards a full Master of Business qualification.

The diploma launch follows claims by the Cork Institute of Technology last May that it was the first educational establishment to launch a degree in cloud computing.




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