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W. P. Carey Professional Credential in Cloud is a Program

W. P. Carey Professional Credential in Cloud

Starts Aug 15, 2022

$9,000 Enroll

Full program description


Fall 2022


16 weeks







*Courses run Monday - Sunday beginning August 15, 2022.

This credential can be applied to the online Master of Science in Information Systems Management program, offered by W. P. Carey School of Business. Applications for this program will be available beginning September 2021. The online Master of Science in Information Systems Management degree program will begin in August 2022

Individuals who complete this credential and are admitted to the MS in ISM will receive 9 credit hours that count towards the 30 credit hours required for the MS in ISM degree.

Enhance your skills for in-demand careers:

Cloud computing increases an organizations agility, efficiency, and capacity for innovation. It serves as a critical backbone for the modern firm, helping to support the shifting landscape of the contemporary workplace. The cloud enables it all: from new and exciting ways to develop and deploy software, to infrastructure that can support an increasingly heterogeneous and distributed workforce, all the way up an organization to their strategic data-driven decision making, through robust tools and services that provide a foundation for the storage, preparation, and analysis of massive amounts of data. In this sequence of courses, you will learn how to configure and run critical cloud infrastructure, how that infrastructure can be leveraged to take advantage of modern enterprise-class software and systems, and how to design cloud-based architectures to most effectively and efficiently meet key strategic organizational objectives.

Learning Objectives:

After this course sequence I will be able to...

  1. Instantiate and configure critical cloud services
  2. Orchestrate these services into an effective and efficient infrastructure for a business use case or an enterprise system implementation
  3. Manage the nuance of enterprise system implantation, beyond just the critical infrastructure requirements
  4. Sit for, and be prepared to pass, two highly-valued Amazon Web Services (AWS) certification exams

Who this certificate is designed for:

Students who wish to stay current with emerging trends while continuing to work, or those looking to build new skills on which to establish a new career path.

What you'll earn:

If you complete these courses with a cumulative score of 80% or above, you will receive the Professional Credential in Cloud from W. P. Carey School of Business.

This credential also counts toward nine hours of course credit if you later enroll in the Online Master of Science in information systems management program. You will have the opportunity to convert the course for credit once you complete the course.

Course summary

Managing Enterprise Systems

Investigates major categories of enterprise systems, factors driving software adoption and keys for successful implementation. Special attention is paid to evaluating the potential impact of emerging technologies on business environments.

Cloud Architecture and Platforms

Explores the architecture and platforms of cloud computing through an overview of cloud concepts, core services, security, architecture, and support. Introduces the building of IT infrastructure on cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services. Outlines design principles to think about architecting optimal IT solutions on a cloud platform.

Cloud Deployment and Management

Develops expertise in deploying and managing cloud technologies. Emphasizes best practices and design patterns of cloud operations to give students a foundation to deploy, maintain, migrate, problem-solve, and troubleshoot for cloud-based solutions. Covers topics regarding the creation of automatable and repeatable deployments of networks and systems on cloud platforms.

Course information

  • CPE-CIS 545 - Managing Enterprise Systems: August 15, 2022 - September 18, 2022
  • CPE-CIS 591 - Cloud Architecture and Platforms: September 26, 2022 - October 30, 2022
  • CPE-CIS 591 - Cloud Deployment and Management: November 7, 2022 - December 11, 2022

Financial Aid

Unfortunately, federal financial aid is not available for certificate or professional development programs.


Meet the instructors

Alan Simon, Principal Lecturer

Alan Simon is a Principal Lecturer in information systems with the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. He has authored 32 technology, business, and career books including the original Data Warehousing For Dummies. He is a long-time “pragmatic thought leader” in business intelligence and analytics, data warehousing, enterprise information architecture, corporate performance management, and related disciplines. He is an expert at risk-managed incorporation of leading-edge concepts, architecture, and technology into high-impact, high-value solutions.

Altaf Ahmad, Clinical Associate Professor

Altaf Ahmad is a clinical associate professor in information systems with the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. His research interests center on information privacy and technology use. He joined ASU in 2011 from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has shouldered leadership positions within the school and has been instrumental in the redesign of several courses as well as the creation of the new B.S. in business data analytics. For these things and his exceptional teaching, he received the Huizingh Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award in 2014 and 2018.

Daniel Mazzola, Clinical Associate Professor

Dan is a Clinical Associate Professor with the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. Dan Mazzola serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Information Systems at the W. P. Carey School of Business. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in technical topics of web, programming, systems, database and business areas in analytics and decision making. He also mentors applied projects with industry partners for master’s programs. His research interests are in the Strategic Value of Information Technology and career paths for IT Professionals. He has been awarded a number of grants focused upon augmenting technology in the classroom. Prior to his full-time appointment at ASU, Professor Mazzola spent more than 20 years as a technology evangelist, sales engineer, and systems architect at companies such at Sun Microsystems and Datalink. He is also involved in the community. He serves as a board member for SIM, is an Emeritus Board member of the Arizona Technology Council, volunteers for FIRST Robotics, Boy Scouts, and is a founder of the Phoenix Java User's Group, and the Arizona System Administration Guild.

Jason Nichols, Clinical Associate Professor

Jason Nichols Jason Nichols is a Clinical Associate Professor, Assistant Department Chair, and Departmental Teaching Lead for the Department of Information Systems in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has developed curriculum for highly evaluated and successful courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, spanning the fields of information systems and business data analytics. He has contributed to numerous grant-funded initiatives, in partnership with organizations including the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Department of Labor. Through his work on these initiatives, and his affiliations with centers of excellences such as CAPS Research, he has extensive experience developing, hosting, and delivering executive workshops and trainings for many fortune 500 firms.

Srinivasan Radhakrishnan, Lecturer

Srini Radhakrishnan is a Lecturer in Information systems with the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. Srini has over 25 years of information technology management experience at a variety of companies including, Intel, SAP and Hewlett Packard. He is certified by the Project Management Institute and Amazon Web Services as a Project Manager and Cloud Practitioner. He has also authored several book in the information technology and management area. Srini uses his industry experience to enrich the courses he teaches

Tamuchin McCreless, Clinical Assistant Professor

Tamuchin McCreless is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems in the W.P. Carey School of Business for ASU. He joined ASU as a faculty member in 2018 and also received his Ph.D. from ASU in 2012. He has spent a decade working in the healthcare industry as an analyst and consultant. Tam has published research in the Communications of the Association for Information Systems and in several conferences, and has contributed to medical studies in diabetes which rely on the use of historical patient data.