About this course

This course, part of the Cloud Computing MicroMasters program, focuses on components of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service model. These components include: compute, storage, network, and auxiliary services. The class will also discuss most popular cloud IaaS deployment architectures.

You will examine these IaaS issues in depth, and then apply the acquired knowledge in 2 lab projects to migrate a website to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) IaaS environment, deploy the necessary infrastructure, install and configure the web server, set up the website, and monitor the deployment in action.

Students get up to $600 AWS credits for the entire program.

Verified students receive $100 AWS educate starter account credit, when they sign up. Students who complete and use up their $100 will receive additional credits after completing the course. See Frequently Asked Questions below for further information.

This course is part of the Cloud Computing MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Cloud Computing Architecture. See the MicroMasters program page for more.

What you’ll learn

  • Cloud service models
  • Compute, storage, network, and auxiliary services in IaaS offerings
  • Typical Iaas deployment architectures
  • Deploying, configuring, and monitoring a website in AWS

Meet your instructors

Patrick Appiah-Kubi

Patrick is the Program Director of Cloud Computing and Networking at University of Maryland Global Campus. He has over 13 years on industry and teaching experience in networks and cloud computing.

Charif El MaMouni

Charif El MaMouni is a Cloud Computing professional with more than fifteen years experience in the Telecommunications and Finance industries with solid technical background in SDLC applied to DevOps, Automation and CICD, coupled with in-depth knowledge of public and private Cloud Infrastructure Architectures and Implementations. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida in addition to AWS Certified Solution Architect, DevOps Architect and PMP.

Frequently asked questions

How long does a student have to apply to and complete the full UMGC degree?

To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.

AWS Educate

$25 AWS promotional credit for all students; additional $100 AWS promotional credit for students who purchase a Verified Certificate and pass the course IT Fundamentals for Business Professionals: Enterprise Systems.

Is this offer just for students who purchase a Verified Certificate? 

No, all students are eligible for the $25 promotional AWS credit in IT Fundamentals for Business Professionals: Enterprise Systems. If you purchase a Verified Certificate you will receive an additional $100 promotional AWS credit upon successfully passing the course.

How do I receive my AWS promotional credit? 

To take advantage of this benefit, you must first create an AWS Educate account by clicking on the link located in lesson 3 before the exams. Once registered, you will be provided with a $25 promotional credit code.

What is the AWS exercise? 

This optional activity, which does not count towards the course’s final grade, will introduce you to the world of cloud computing through the creation of a WordPress site on a cloud-based web server.

If I don’t finish the course do I get to keep the AWS promotional credit? 

Yes.

How do I receive my $100 AWS promotional credit? 

Learners in the verified track who pass the course will receive an additional $100 in AWS Promotional Credit. This extra credit can be accessed through a link that will appear in the course after the subsection of the final exam.

If I am having issues accessing the AWS promotional credits, whom do I contact? 

Please contact AWS Educate at the following link: https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/contact-us/. Should there be any issues with the course itself or with the AWS exercise, contact the course team via the course discussion forum.

Are there any geography restrictions for this offer? 

No.

Can I use the credits on anything? 

The credits can be used for most AWS services, but there are some exclusions. See https://aws.amazon.com/awscredits/ for restrictions and limitations.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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What is a Bootcamp?

Our facilitated bootcamps focus on rapid skill acquisition by progressing you through a standard course on an accelerated schedule with peers who are committed to progressing on pace. Our bootcamps include:

  • Live kick-off event
  • Instructor facilitated Q&A for expert feedback and coaching
  • Learner Success Support: welcome call, advising sessions, personalized pace reminders
  • 24/7 help desk

About This Course:

In this bootcamp we start by learning the key project management processes, roles, mechanics, and philosophies behind Scrum. This will provide the basis for all understanding Agile in its purest form, exploring Why, Who, How, and finally What Scrum looks like applied in the real world. From understanding the agile team members, like scrum master and product owner, to the important differences in lean and agile processes

Scrum and Agile are often considered synonymous, and there is a good reason. Scrum embodies the simplest and most pure approach to managing project work at the team level. Scrum is employed by over half of all Agile practitioners across all industries. While agile may have started in software development, many industries now use an agile methodology to deliver their work. Development teams around the world are now using Kanban boards and assigning strong product owners to direct self-organizing teams to deliver on prioritized product backlogs. And nearly every new product has some sort of IT component and goes through an agile development lifecycle.

  • Today nearly 100% of IT organizations use Agile and many other industries are quickly following
  • The likelihood of being on a Scrum or Scrum-like project is quickly approaching 50/50 or better over time.

While this course will not make you an agile certified practitioner (PMI-ACP), or certified scrum master (CSM), it offers a more fundamental agile certification based on agile principles and how scaled agile is applied in industry today.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can earn 10 Professional Development Unit (PDU) credits, which are recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI). PDU credits are essential to those looking to maintain certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

This course can be used towards completion of a Professional Certificate in Agile Project Management.

What You Will Learn:

  • Why Agile is taking over: history, case studies, and proof Agile works better
  • Who uses Agile based on industry scale, stakeholders, and engineering
  • How to run a successful Scrum team for speed, innovation, leadership, and control
  • Scrum team makeup, user story writing, sprint planning, execution, and retro tools
  • What Scrum looks like at scale, its alternatives, and how to avoid pitfalls over time

Meet Your Instructor:

John Johnson

Adjunct Professor, Clarke School of Engineering, College Park; Chief Technology Officer, Softek Enterprises LLC at
Mr. Johnson, serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Softek Enterprises LLC, a minority-owned small business providing technology solutions to government clients since 2007. Softek specializes in evolving business systems using Agile, DevOps, and Cloud technologies to deliver working solutions faster for the government’s most critical IT challenges. He has 10 years of project management, systems engineering, and advanced analytics experience. Prior to joining Softek, Mr. Johnson co-founded Second Nature Software LLC, a data science products company focused on Life Science Research. He helped design and promote their product “Rocketfish,” a data management tool that simplifies preparing data for analysis while automating data tracking and organization. Rocketfish is currently in an organization-wide trial at NCI and NIAID, as well as major universities in the DC Metro Area. Previously, Mr. Johnson was a Senior Agile Project Manager with IBM, where he led multiple development teams building applications for the National Archives Records Administration (NARA). These applications were built on Amazon’s Gov Cloud (AWS) with cutting-edge cloud technologies to process, store, and search the hundreds of petabytes of government records expected at NARA by 2020. This project won “Project of the Year” across all of IBM globally for its success in project management innovation. He also worked as a Management Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led projects for the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy from optimizing site investments and posture for Reserve forces, to developing award-winning project analysis and portfolio management software to optimize billions in shore energy investments. Mr. Johnson holds a Masters in Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Program Overview

The exciting field of Cloud Computing has experienced explosive growth. This transformative technology has not only altered the way business operate, but it has also shaken up the traditional structure of the IT department and placed new demands on staff members who are faced with reinventing their own careers. With organizations rapidly moving their infrastructures and services to the cloud, jobs are growing at a breakneck pace, with many positions are left unfilled.

Gain an understanding of cloud technologies such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, OpenStack, and vSphere and how to leverage them to increase business productivity and effectiveness. In this Cloud Computing MicroMasters program, you will learn about Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS), Platform As A Service (PaaS), Software As A Service (SaaS), and other “X as a service” platforms. You will receive key foundational knowledge about legal and compliance issues, security and risk mitigation and how to follow industry standards and best practices. You will also gain hands-on experience in implementing, configuring and managing cloud technologies.

This applied, graduate-level program is designed for learners who want to enter or advance their careers in this exciting and well-paying field. IT professionals not already working with cloud technologies will gain a solid foundation while those with some cloud experience will gain a more in-depth understanding of other cloud technologies and other knowledge such as security, policy, and legal and compliance issues.

What you will learn

  • Cloud computing foundations and models
  • Types of cloud computing technologies (ie: AWS, Azure, IBM)
  • Methods for managing a cloud computing adoption/migration project
  • How to design a cloud computing infrastructure or service
  • Deployment and configuration of cloud computing systems
  • Insuring cloud security and mitigating risk
  • SaaS, PaaS and IaaS and other service platforms

Courses in this program

1
Cloud Computing for Enterprises

Course Details
Understand cloud computing technologies and how they can increase business productivity and effectiveness.

2
Cloud Computing Infrastructure

Course Details
Learn how to design, configure, and manage a cloud computing infrastructure.

3
Cloud Computing Engineering and Management

Course Details
Learn methods for managing cloud computing projects and build an understanding of the various risks and compliance issues involved.

4
Cloud Computing Security

Course Details
Learn how to identify security issues in the cloud and industry-standard techniques and procedures to prevent and mitigate risks.

Meet your instructors

Charif El MaMouni

Charif El MaMouni is a Cloud Computing professional with more than fifteen years experience in the Telecommunications and Finance industries with solid technical background in SDLC applied to DevOps, Automation and CICD, coupled with in-depth knowledge of public and private Cloud Infrastructure Architectures and Implementations. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida in addition to AWS Certified Solution Architect, DevOps Architect and PMP.

Jarrod Jordan

Mr. Jarrod Jordan is an Adjunct Faculty at University of Maryland Global Campus and Webster University and currently serves as a Cybersecurity Manager for the United States Army Cyber Protection Brigade (USACPB). His career spans over 18 years working in the Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Intelligence industries. Mr. Jordan’s experiences as a practitioner extends throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community to include the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Patrick Appiah-Kubi

Patrick is the Program Director of Cloud Computing and Networking at University of Maryland Global Campus. He has over 13 years on industry and teaching experience in networks and cloud computing.

Jeff Tjiputra

Dr. Tjiputra is the Chair of the Cloud Computing Architecture program at University of Maryland Global Campus. He has over fifteen years experience teaching computer and information technology courses including computer networking, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.

Program endorsements

The pace of today’s digital transformation requires us all to make a concerted effort to keep our technical expertise current. Programs like UMGC’s MicroMasters program in Cloud Computing are excellent opportunities for people seeking to stay ahead of the curve, learning about cutting-edge cloud and modular technology solutions that are required to excel in a modern, 24/7 environment.

Greg Wenzel , Executive Vice President for Booz Allen’s Digital Solutions group

For the second year in a row, cloud and distributed computing led LinkedIn’s annual list of the skills employers need most in candidates, outpacing statistical analysis and data mining. When I published the world’s 1st Doctoral Dissertation on Cloud Computing in 2011, I envisioned cloud computing revolutionizing the enterprise. The Cloud Computing MicroMasters is an efficient and targeted way for those interested in this career path to obtain the foundational knowledge and skills in the growing cloud computing field.

Jeff Daniels , Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin Corporation

The pace of today’s digital transformation requires us all to make a concerted effort to keep our technical expertise current. Programs like UMGC’s MicroMasters program in Cloud Computing are excellent opportunities for people seeking to stay ahead of the curve, learning about cutting-edge cloud and modular technology solutions that are required to excel in a modern, 24/7 environment.

Greg Wenzel , Executive Vice President for Booz Allen’s Digital Solutions group

For the second year in a row, cloud and distributed computing led LinkedIn’s annual list of the skills employers need most in candidates, outpacing statistical analysis and data mining. When I published the world’s 1st Doctoral Dissertation on Cloud Computing in 2011, I envisioned cloud computing revolutionizing the enterprise. The Cloud Computing MicroMasters is an efficient and targeted way for those interested in this career path to obtain the foundational knowledge and skills in the growing cloud computing field.

Jeff Daniels , Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin Corporation

FAQs

Is there any way to reduce the time needed to take and pass the four online courses?
No. To earn the MicroMasters program certificate you need to successfully earn a verified certificate in all four Cloud Computing MicroMasters program courses when they are scheduled and then, pass the final, comprehensive proctored exam. The courses are on an instructor-paced schedule rather than self-paced, so there is no way to reduce the time to complete them.

Who can take this course?
Unfortunately, learners from Iran and Cuba will not be able to register for this course. While edX has received a licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer courses to learners from these countries, our licenses do not cover this course. EdX truly regrets that US sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

How many credits will I be eligible for after completing the MicroMasters program certificate?
Learners who successfully earn the MicroMasters program certificate and are admitted into UMGC’s graduate school are eligible to earn up to 12 credits toward the Master’s degree (36 credits are required for graduation with the MS in Cloud Computing Architecture degree).

Who is the MicroMasters program intended for?
The Cloud Computing MicroMasters program is designed for individuals who want to develop theoretical and technical competencies required to design and manage cloud computing environment.

What is considered a passing grade in the MicroMasters program courses?
Students must achieve a grade of 80% or higher for a passing grade in each of the courses in the MicroMasters program.

May I take one of the courses even though I have not taken its prerequisite?
No. The program content and course projects are sequential allowing the learner to build on subsequent work. Completing the listed prerequisite courses is essential in order to be successful in the course work.

Will I earn a separate certificate for each course or just one for the entire MicroMasters program?
You will receive an individual verified certificate for each Cloud Computing MicroMasters program course that you pass as a verified student. Students passing the final capstone project review and all four Cloud Computing MicroMasters program courses on a verified track will receive a MicroMasters program certificate.

Along with the four Cloud Computing MicroMasters program courses and the final, comprehensive exam, are there any other requirements in order to be eligible for the UMGC Master’s Degree?
Yes. You need to be admitted to the Master’s program. The MicroMasters program certificate does not guarantee admission. The Learner will need to complete the application process to UMGC and meet all entrance requirements for The Graduate School. For more information visit: https://www.umgc.edu/admissions/admission-requirements/graduate-admissions.cfm

Do I need to be a verified student to earn the Cloud Computing MicroMasters program certificate?
Yes. If you are interested in the Cloud Computing MicroMasters program certificate, you must successfully pass and receive a verified certificate in each of the four Cloud Computing Program courses (CC605x, CC607x, CC615x, CC617x) as well as successfully pass the final, comprehensive proctored exam .

How long does a student have to apply to and complete the full UMGC degree?
To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.

About this course

How do you protect the critical data that is increasingly being stored in the cloud? Learn how to build a security strategy that keeps data safe and mitigates risk.

In this course, part of the Cloud Computing MicroMasters program, you will be introduced to industry best practices for cloud security and learn how to architect and configure security-related features in a cloud platform. Case studies and government standard documents will be reviewed to help ensure appropriate levels of security are implemented.

You’ll develop the necessary skills to identify possible security issues in the cloud environment. You will also gain experience with tools and techniques that monitor the environment and help prevent security breaches such as monitoring logs and implementing appropriate security policies.

Students get up to $600 AWS credits for the entire program.

Verified students receive $100 AWS educate starter account credit, when they sign up. Students who complete and use up their $100 will receive additional credits after completing the course. See Frequently Asked Questions below for further information.

This course is part of the Cloud Computing MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Cloud Computing Architecture. See the MicroMasters program page for more information.

What you’ll learn

  • Evaluate security issues with cloud infrastructure
  • Implement cloud features to secure and harden the infrastructure
  • Use tools to analyze system logs to detect possible security or performance problems
  • Review case studies and standard documents on cloud security
  • Understand the use of security policies as part of the overall security strategy of an organization

Meet your instructor

Jeff Tjiputra

Dr. Tjiputra is the Chair of the Cloud Computing Architecture program at University of Maryland Global Campus. He has over fifteen years experience teaching computer and information technology courses including computer networking, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.

Frequently asked questions

How long does a student have to apply to and complete the full UMGC degree?

To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.

Verified students receive $100 AWS educate starter account credit, when they sign up. Students who complete and use up their $100 will receive additional credits after completing the course.

Is this offer just for students who purchase a Verified Certificate?

AWS discontinued promotional credits for students and now use $100 AWS educate starter. If you purchase a Verified Certificate you will receive a sign-up credit of $100 and an additional $100 AWS Educate credit upon successfully passing the course.

How do I receive my AWS educate starter credit?

To take advantage of this benefit, you must first create an AWS Educate starter account by clicking on the link located in lesson 3 before the exams. Once registered, you will be provided with a $100 starter credit.

What is the AWS exercise?

This optional activity, which does not count towards the course’s final grade, will introduce you to the world of cloud computing through the creation of a WordPress site on a cloud-based web server.

If I don’t finish the course do I get to keep the AWS educate credit?

Yes, but your account will not be recredited.

How do I receive my $100 AWS educate starter credit?

Learners in the verified track who pass the course will receive an additional $100 in AWS educate starter Credit upon completion of the course. This extra credit can be accessed through a link that will appear in the course after the subsection of the final exam.

If I am having issues accessing the AWS educate starter credits, whom do I contact?

Please contact AWS Educate at the following link: https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/contact-us/. Should there be any issues with the course itself or with the AWS exercise, contact the course team via the course discussion forum.

Are there any geography restrictions for this offer?

No.

Can I use the credits on anything?

The credits can be used for most AWS services, but there are some exclusions. See https://aws.amazon.com/awscredits/ for restrictions and limitations

AWS Educate

$25 AWS promotional credit for all students; additional $100 AWS promotional credit for students who purchase a Verified Certificate and pass the course IT Fundamentals for Business Professionals: Enterprise Systems.

Is this offer just for students who purchase a Verified Certificate? 

No, all students are eligible for the $25 promotional AWS credit in IT Fundamentals for Business Professionals: Enterprise Systems. If you purchase a Verified Certificate you will receive an additional $100 promotional AWS credit upon successfully passing the course.

How do I receive my AWS promotional credit? 

To take advantage of this benefit, you must first create an AWS Educate account by clicking on the link located in lesson 3 before the exams. Once registered, you will be provided with a $25 promotional credit code.

What is the AWS exercise? 

This optional activity, which does not count towards the course’s final grade, will introduce you to the world of cloud computing through the creation of a WordPress site on a cloud-based web server.

If I don’t finish the course do I get to keep the AWS promotional credit? 

Yes.

How do I receive my $100 AWS promotional credit? 

Learners in the verified track who pass the course will receive an additional $100 in AWS Promotional Credit. This extra credit can be accessed through a link that will appear in the course after the subsection of the final exam.

If I am having issues accessing the AWS promotional credits, whom do I contact? 

Please contact AWS Educate at the following link: https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/contact-us/. Should there be any issues with the course itself or with the AWS exercise, contact the course team via the course discussion forum.

Are there any geography restrictions for this offer? 

No.

Can I use the credits on anything? 

The credits can be used for most AWS services, but there are some exclusions. See https://aws.amazon.com/awscredits/ for restrictions and limitations.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

About This Course:

This course, part of the Cloud Computing MicroMasters program, focuses on components of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service model. These components include: compute, storage, network, and auxiliary services. The class will also discuss most popular cloud IaaS deployment architectures.

You will examine these IaaS issues in depth, and then apply the acquired knowledge in 2 lab projects to migrate a website to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) IaaS environment, deploy the necessary infrastructure, install and configure the web server, set up the website, and monitor the deployment in action.

Students get up to $600 AWS credits for the entire program.

Verified students receive $100 AWS educate starter account credit, when they sign up. Students who complete and use up their $100 will receive additional credits after completing the course. See Frequently Asked Questions below for further information.

This course is part of the Cloud Computing MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Cloud Computing Architecture. See the MicroMasters program page for more.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Cloud service models
  • Compute, storage, network, and auxiliary services in IaaS offerings
  • Typical Iaas deployment architectures
  • Deploying, configuring, and monitoring a website in AWS

Meet Your Instructors:

Patrick Appiah-Kubi

Patrick is the Program Director of Cloud Computing and Networking at University of Maryland Global Campus. He has over 13 years on industry and teaching experience in networks and cloud computing.

Charif El MaMouni

Charif El MaMouni is a Cloud Computing professional with more than fifteen years experience in the Telecommunications and Finance industries with solid technical background in SDLC applied to DevOps, Automation and CICD, coupled with in-depth knowledge of public and private Cloud Infrastructure Architectures and Implementations. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida in addition to AWS Certified Solution Architect, DevOps Architect and PMP.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does a student have to apply to and complete the full UMGC degree?

To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.

AWS Educate

$25 AWS promotional credit for all students; additional $100 AWS promotional credit for students who purchase a Verified Certificate and pass the course IT Fundamentals for Business Professionals: Enterprise Systems.

Is this offer just for students who purchase a Verified Certificate? 

No, all students are eligible for the $25 promotional AWS credit in IT Fundamentals for Business Professionals: Enterprise Systems. If you purchase a Verified Certificate you will receive an additional $100 promotional AWS credit upon successfully passing the course.

How do I receive my AWS promotional credit? 

To take advantage of this benefit, you must first create an AWS Educate account by clicking on the link located in lesson 3 before the exams. Once registered, you will be provided with a $25 promotional credit code.

What is the AWS exercise? 

This optional activity, which does not count towards the course’s final grade, will introduce you to the world of cloud computing through the creation of a WordPress site on a cloud-based web server.

If I don’t finish the course do I get to keep the AWS promotional credit? 

Yes.

How do I receive my $100 AWS promotional credit? 

Learners in the verified track who pass the course will receive an additional $100 in AWS Promotional Credit. This extra credit can be accessed through a link that will appear in the course after the subsection of the final exam.

If I am having issues accessing the AWS promotional credits, whom do I contact? 

Please contact AWS Educate at the following link: https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/contact-us/. Should there be any issues with the course itself or with the AWS exercise, contact the course team via the course discussion forum.

Are there any geography restrictions for this offer? 

No.

Can I use the credits on anything? 

The credits can be used for most AWS services, but there are some exclusions. See https://aws.amazon.com/awscredits/ for restrictions and limitations.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

About this course

Organizations are increasingly moving their critical information and assets to the cloud.

In this course, part of the Cloud Computing MicroMasters program, you will learn the essentials of cloud computing, including Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS), Platform As A Service (PaaS), Software As A Service (SaaS), and other “X as a service” platforms.

You will explore how the cloud can support businesses by increasing productivity and effectiveness.

This course is part of the Cloud Computing MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Cloud Computing Architecture. See the MicroMasters program page for more information.

What you’ll learn

  • Investigate various cloud computing technologies and providers including public, private and hybrid clouds
  • Analyze the applications of cloud technologies to business
  • Develop strategies to enhance organizational effectiveness using cloud technologies
  • Evaluate the cost benefits of cloud adoption

Meet your instructors

Patrick Appiah-Kubi

Patrick is the Program Director of Cloud Computing and Networking at University of Maryland Global Campus. He has over 13 years on industry and teaching experience in networks and cloud computing.

Jarrod Jordan

Mr. Jarrod Jordan is an Adjunct Faculty at University of Maryland Global Campus and Webster University and currently serves as a Cybersecurity Manager for the United States Army Cyber Protection Brigade (USACPB). His career spans over 18 years working in the Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Intelligence industries. Mr. Jordan’s experiences as a practitioner extends throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community to include the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Frequently asked questions

How long does a student have to apply to and complete the full UMGC degree?

To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

About this course

The exciting field of Cloud Computing is rapidly changing how businesses operate today. Cloud computing provides rapid access to shared pools of resources, such as: compute, storage, networks, applications, services, or libraries using an on-demand, utility-based model. The characteristics of a cloud computing model include: self-service, network access, resource pools, rapid elasticity, and metered resource usage. As with any large-scale shift, new skills and processes must be learned and implemented to overcome management challenges. Existing business processes, workflows, and policies must be adapted to account for this new technology.

This course, part of the Cloud Computing MicroMasters program, focuses on commonly encountered management issues with the adoption and implementation of cloud computing. Examples include: Cloud migration, Cloud Requests for Proposals, Cloud Service Level Agreements, and other business process compliance issues.

You will examine these issues in depth, then review industry best practices and other case studies to develop the techniques that address and mitigate them. Business processes such as procurement, vendor management, and end-user management are also covered.

Students get up to $600 AWS credits for the entire program.

Verified students receive $100 AWS educate starter account credit, when they sign up. Students who complete and use up their $100 will receive additional credits after completing the course. See Frequently Asked Questions below for further information.

This course is part of the Cloud Computing MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Cloud Computing Architecture. See the MicroMasters program page for more.

What you’ll learn

  • Cloud migration processes and issues
  • Business processes to implement cloud solutions
  • Industry standard cloud technologies, standards, and best practices
  • Cloud vendors managements

Meet your instructor

Patrick Appiah-Kubi

Patrick is the Program Director of Cloud Computing and Networking at University of Maryland Global Campus. He has over 13 years on industry and teaching experience in networks and cloud computing.

Jarrod Jordan

Mr. Jarrod Jordan is an Adjunct Faculty at University of Maryland Global Campus and Webster University and currently serves as a Cybersecurity Manager for the United States Army Cyber Protection Brigade (USACPB). His career spans over 18 years working in the Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Intelligence industries. Mr. Jordan’s experiences as a practitioner extends throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community to include the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Frequently asked questions

How long does a student have to apply to and complete the full UMGC degree?

To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.

Verified students receive $100 AWS educate starter account credit, when they sign up. Students who complete and use up their $100 will receive additional credits after completing the course.

Is this offer just for students who purchase a Verified Certificate?

AWS discontinued promotional credits for students and now use $100 AWS educate starter. If you purchase a Verified Certificate you will receive a sign-up credit of $100 and an additional $100 AWS Educate credit upon successfully passing the course.

How do I receive my AWS educate starter credit?

To take advantage of this benefit, you must first create an AWS Educate starter account by clicking on the link located in lesson 3 before the exams. Once registered, you will be provided with a $100 starter credit.

What is the AWS exercise?

This optional activity, which does not count towards the course’s final grade, will introduce you to the world of cloud computing through the creation of a W

AWS Educate

$25 AWS promotional credit for all students; additional $100 AWS promotional credit for students who purchase a Verified Certificate and pass the course IT Fundamentals for Business Professionals: Enterprise Systems.

Is this offer just for students who purchase a Verified Certificate? 

No, all students are eligible for the $25 promotional AWS credit in IT Fundamentals for Business Professionals: Enterprise Systems. If you purchase a Verified Certificate you will receive an additional $100 promotional AWS credit upon successfully passing the course.

How do I receive my AWS promotional credit? 

To take advantage of this benefit, you must first create an AWS Educate account by clicking on the link located in lesson 3 before the exams. Once registered, you will be provided with a $25 promotional credit code.

What is the AWS exercise? 

This optional activity, which does not count towards the course’s final grade, will introduce you to the world of cloud computing through the creation of a WordPress site on a cloud-based web server.

If I don’t finish the course do I get to keep the AWS promotional credit? 

Yes.

How do I receive my $100 AWS promotional credit? 

Learners in the verified track who pass the course will receive an additional $100 in AWS Promotional Credit. This extra credit can be accessed through a link that will appear in the course after the subsection of the final exam.

If I am having issues accessing the AWS promotional credits, whom do I contact? 

Please contact AWS Educate at the following link: https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/contact-us/. Should there be any issues with the course itself or with the AWS exercise, contact the course team via the course discussion forum.

Are there any geography restrictions for this offer? 

No.

Can I use the credits on anything? 

The credits can be used for most AWS services, but there are some exclusions. See https://aws.amazon.com/awscredits/ for restrictions and limitations.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

About this course

Businesses today have access to an increasingly large amount of detailed customer data, and this influx of “big data” is only going to continue. Combined with a detailed history of marketing actions, there is a newfound potential for deriving actionable insights, but you need the tools to do so. Using real-world applications from various industries, this course will help you understand the tools and strategies used to make data-driven decisions that you can put to use in your own company or business.

This valuable data may include in-store and online customer transactions, customer surveys, web analytics, as well as prices and advertising. You’ll also learn how to assess critical managerial problems, develop relevant hypotheses, analyze data and, most importantly, draw inferences to create convincing narratives which yield actionable results. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will be explored as tools to deepen analytical skills and acumen and hone decision making.

This comprehensive exploration into digital marketing analytics tools and techniques is critical knowledge for any marketing influencers, digital marketing analysts and product and brand decision makers within small and medium businesses as well as larger organizations with international reach.

What you’ll learn

  • SEO and SEM – KPIs and keyword strategies
  • Web Analytics – A/B Testing
  • Recommendation Systems
  • Machine Learning/AI applications/Big Data
  • Text and Image Analysis
  • Attribution/MMM

Meet your instructor

Michael Trusov

Michael Trusov is Professor of Marketing at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He is also the Academic Director of the MS in Marketing Analytics program. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He also holds a Master's degree in Computer Science and a Master's degree in Business Administration. **** His research interests include Internet Marketing (social media marketing, search engine marketing, social networks, clickstream analysis, electronic word-of-mouth marketing, e-commerce, recommendation systems, consumer-generated content), Text Analysis, Eye-tracking and Data Mining. **** Professor Trusov has extensive industry experience. He spent seven years working in the area of software development and IT consulting in the Southern California region, specializing in marketing automation, database management, Internet applications, and e-commerce. He teaches Digital Marketing and Digital Analytics courses across various programs at the University of Maryland.

Liye Ma

Liye Ma teaches the undergraduate Marketing Research Methods class and the Data Science class in the MS Marketing Analytics program. His research focuses on the dynamic interactions of firms and consumers on Internet, social media, and mobile platforms. His work has been published in various journals including Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, and Information Systems Research. He joined the Marketing Department in Fall 2011 after obtaining the Ph.D. degree from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

About this course

This course explores how anyone can be a successful startup entrepreneur or corporate innovator by thoughtfully examining themselves and the business opportunity. By harnessing these insights and cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit, you can create and transform an entrepreneurial idea into a new startup company or corporate venture.

Over 800,000 people have used The Opportunity Analysis Canvas that is the basis of this course. Designed by Dr. James V. Green, the lead faculty for this course, this unique model equips you to identify and analyze a new business opportunity that aligns with your startup entrepreneurship or corporate innovation interests.

The Opportunity Analysis Canvas distills vast amounts of research in psychology, sociology, and business into a practical how-to guide for aspiring and active entrepreneurs and innovators. The course presents a whole new understanding of entrepreneurial mindset and action. The course is structured as a nine-step experience segmented into thinking entrepreneurially, seeing entrepreneurially, and acting entrepreneurially.

What you’ll learn

  • Develop the skills for identifying and analyzing entrepreneurial ideas;
  • Foster thinking entrepreneurially with an awareness of entrepreneurial mindset, entrepreneurial motivation, and entrepreneurial behavior;
  • Cultivate seeing entrepreneurially with attention to industry conditions, industry status, macroeconomic change, and competition; and
  • Champion acting entrepreneurially with an understanding of value innovation and opportunity identification.

Courses in this program

1
Identifying Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Course Details
Learn today’s newest skills and tools for identifying and acting on entrepreneurial opportunities for startup companies and corporate innovations

2
Creating Innovative Business Models

Course Details
Build your capabilities to create a value proposition, team strategy, market strategy, and financial strategy to transform your ideas into a startup company or innovative corporate venture

3
Marketing Innovative Products and Services

Course Details
Learn essential marketing concepts and practical commercialization strategies to bring your new venture to market

4
Financing Innovative Ventures

Course Details
Demystify key financial concepts for creating a financial plan for your new venture to raise the right funding from the right partners at the right time

Meet your instructors

Michael Pratt

Michael Pratt teaches and mentors students in the University of Maryland's Master’s in Technology Entrepreneurship and undergraduate programs. His career spans over 35 years in management and finance, in both domestic and international organizations. In two decades with startups and venture capital, he’s raised over $100 million for eleven different startup. Michael is the co-founder and Managing Partner in Select Venture Partners LLC, an early stage, post-seed/pre-Series A investment management firm. Prior to co-founding Select, he was co-founder and CEO of SpydrSafe Mobile Security, Inc., a mobile application security management platform that safeguarded enterprise data by controlling apps on smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android). SpydrSafe was acquired in February 2014. Prior to SpydrSafe, he was COO of CardStar, Inc., a mobile loyalty company sold to Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT). From 2006 to 2010, Michael was the CFO/COO of Trust Digital, Inc., a venture-backed Mobile Device Management company sold to McAfee (NYSE: MFE). Prior to Trust, he was CFO of Galt Associates, Inc., a venture-backed software company sold to Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ: CERN) in July 2006. His earlier professional experience includes CEO of CrossMedia Networks Corp.; CEO of Point of Care Technologies (sold to Siemens Healthcare in 1999); various senior finance and operating roles with Mobil Corporation, including President and General Manager of three Mobil subsidiaries. Michael began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. Michael holds a BS in Finance from East Carolina University, an MBA from Massey University in New Zealand, and an MS in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.

Lola Koiki

Lola Koiki is a senior product manager at Capital One with responsibility for leading the development, launch, and commercialization of Emerging Payments, which encompasses U.S. Real-Time Payments, Payment Infrastructure Modernization, and Payments Innovation. She is currently leading Capital One’s effort to join the first new payments clearing system in the United States in over 40 years, while developing an enterprise-wide consistent strategy for faster payment capabilities across the company. In addition to her work at Capital One, she is a partner at PoyntFour, a Product Management and Delivery Consultancy based in the DC area, with a focus on pre-seed to series startups and mid-size government agencies looking to build high efficiency teams. She is also a Lecturer with the University of Maryland’s Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute. In her time at University of Maryland, she has taught over 500 undergraduate students, many of which have gone on to launch new ventures or work in start-ups. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with a Masters in Information Systems Management. She holds a BS in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from the University of Maryland. She currently lives in Washington DC and volunteers with organizations in the area, such as The Neighborhood Well, a non-profit focused on helping the unstably housed in the DC Area, and Acts1038, a non-profit focused on education and career development for immigrants to the United States.

James Green

Dr. James V. Green leads the education activities of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute as the Director of Entrepreneurship Education. He is responsible for designing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, leading seed funding programs, and managing residential entrepreneurship programs for students. He directs the Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship, an innovative online degree program enrolling students worldwide. In 2011, he earned first prize in the 3E Learning Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Competition presented at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) annual conference to recognize college educators who have created new and challenging learning activities that actively involve students in the entrepreneurial experience. Dr. Green's research interests include entrepreneurship education and the psychology of entrepreneurship. He is a national presenter on entrepreneurship education with refereed papers and presentations at conferences for the Academy of Management (AOM), the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Dr. Green serves as the Editor for the ASEE Entrepreneurship Division and as an evaluator for annual conference submissions. Prior to the University of Maryland, Dr. Green held founder, executive, and operational roles with multiple startups to include WaveCrest Laboratories (an innovator in next-generation electric and hybrid-electric propulsion and drive systems), Cyveillance (a software startup and world leader in cyber intelligence and intelligence-led security), and NetMentors.Org (the first national online career development eMentoring community). Dr. Green earned a Doctor of Management and an MS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Connect with Dr. Green on LinkedIn.

What you will learn

  • How to design your communication so that you enhance your audience’s understanding.
  • The power of blending logic, emotions, and your personal presence to increase your persuasive abilities.
  • Best practices for effectively handling the complex information flows in programs and projects.
  • How to use coordinated management of meaning tools to build program or project teams, negotiate with stakeholders, and convince executives to support your programs/projects.

Program Overview

You may have heard that “90% of a project manager’s work is communication.” Well that’s even more true as a program manager. But do you know why communication is so important and what is good communication for making projects successful?

If you have even a little project management experience, you know communication is no longer just the transfer of information and giving directives to project managers and project teams. Modern communication theory is based upon creating shared understanding – “the coordinated management of meaning.” And nowhere is it more important to manage and coordinate meaning – and understanding – than in programs and projects.

Earn up to 50 PDUs as you progress in this professional certificate, you will learn:

  • How to communicate for understanding instead of just giving information.
  • What Aristotle taught us about effective communication and why his 2,000-year old advice is still vital to persuasive communication.
  • How the “Coordinated Management of Meaning” can help you develop and lead high-performing project teams and programs.
  • How you can better manage the flow of program or project communication, as the information hub on your project.
  • How to master both emotional intelligence and cultural intelligence when communicating with your project managers, teams and stakeholders.
  • How to negotiate effectively using hidden emotional and cultural subtexts.How to effectively communicate online with a distributed workforce by being “virtually present.”
  • Approaches for communicating for understanding as the foundation of being a coaching, situational leadership, and servant leadership program/project manager.
  • To use storytelling as a powerful risk management tool.

This certificate program is not just about theory; I also give the working project manager aspiring to program management practical tips and tools to help them improve their most important skill: communication. You’ve worked hard to gain the Project Management Institute, Inc’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification or similar project management certification. And, you have mastered the PMBOK guide (“A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge) communication knowledge area while preparing for the PMP exam.

These workplace-tested tips and tools are ready to use today as you manage your programs and projects whether you have project management training in traditional or agile project management (PMI-ACP). Even certified scrum masters can benefit from this online course Along with gaining professional development units (PDU), upgrade your project management training with the power skill of communication.

Courses in this program

1
Effective Communication for Program and Project Stakeholders and Teams

Course Details
Go beyond the communication methods you learned in the project management training. Learn how to structure your program and project communications for the most effective understanding by your stakeholders, project managers, and project teams.

2
Persuasion and Presence for Program and Project Managers

Course Details
Logic is not enough. Program managers need presence and to move stakeholders emotionally. Project professionals only follow people they both respect and trust. Learn to apply Aristotle’s persuasion triad to create successful communication that persuades.

3
Managing Conflicts on Programs and Projects with Cultural and Emotional Intelligence

Course Details
Great program managers understand and heal bad communication habits and conflicts that arise within project teams and stakeholders. Learn how by leveraging emotional and cultural intelligence using the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM).

4
Designing Project Information Hubs for Program and Project Performance

Course Details
The most valuable resource on a project is timely information. Why? Because information changes the decisions that determine project outcomes. Learn the planning skills and techniques needed to manage information across complex programs or projects.

5
Storytelling That Delivers Program and Project Outcomes

Course Details
Storytelling is how leaders lead other leaders. Tell your project’s story to inspire your project teams, encourage your stakeholders, and gain customer commitment to project and program success.

Meet your instructor

Bill Brantley

Dr. Brantley is a certified training manager and certified in creating leadership development programs. He is the program manager for the Career Coaching Program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He’s served as a trainer for over two decades, designing courses completely from the ground-up. He concurrently held positions as an adjunct college professor at UMD and the University of Louisville (Kentucky). There he designed and delivered courses in a wide variety of topics, consistently using leading-edge techniques such as microlearning and flipped classroom to create courses and training programs. In 2019, Dr. Brantley was recognized as an Emerging Training Leader by Training Magazine for his work in the Enterprise Training Division - specifically the recovery and redesign of the Supervisory Certificate Program (SCP) training he developed at USPTO. The Emerging Training Leader is a national award given out annually to the top 25 training leaders in industry, government, and the nonprofit sector. Dr. Brantley’s relentless focus on ensuring delivery of benefits and incorporation of modern course pedagogy.