RECORDING AVAILABLE: CLOSING THE AFRICAN CLOUD SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES GAP WITH DR MARIANA CARROLL


Organisations are more than ever willing, able and interested in taking advantage of the efficiencies cloud computing offers. In fact, cloud-solutions may be the leverage that Multi Nationals and local businesses across Africa need to combat the lack of cloud resources locally. The scarcity of technical talent is a significant concern across many industries. To address these challenges, management need to cultivate and invest in building their IT organisation of the future.

In this session, Dr. Mariana Carroll, discussed:

  • The primary strategic and resource challenges African businesses face;
  • How companies can reduce these barriers to implementing their cloud strategy and vision; and
  • Provided practical steps to close the Cloud skills and capability gap.

Please share your thoughts and questions around this pertinent conversation with us @ info@marianacarroll.com – we would love for you to participate in the conversation.

For further information on Skills and Capabilities Assessments or International Certifications and Training, please visit us at www.marianacarroll.com or contact us at info@marianacarroll.com.

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Press release: Mariana Carroll Consulting Brings World Class Cloud Computing Competency and Skills to Africa


AFRICAN BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONALS CAN REACH NEW HEIGHTS WITH GLOBAL RECOGNIZED CLOUD TRAINING

Palo Alto, CA / Capetown, South Africa, 9 December 2016 – Mariana Carroll Consulting has partnered with the U.S. based Cloud Credential Council (CCC) to deliver the recognized portfolio of cloud certifications in South Africa. Dr. Mariana Carroll, founder and owner of specialist technology advisory and training firm, Mariana Carroll Consulting (MCC), understands the skills gap when it comes to emerging technologies. Her experience as an academic and advisor to both multinational enterprises and small – medium size businesses has put her in touch with the aspiring professionals and companies across (continental / South) Africa. The missing link? A shared set of best practices to reskill these aspiring professionals and ready their organizations to utilize cloud technologies effectively.

Africa’s professionals are ready to differentiate themselves and add that competitive edge to their careers. On the other end, businesses are struggling to fill gaps in cloud competence so as to leverage the benefits of cloud computing. The MCC team is passionate about equipping and empowering professionals through fit-for-purpose, practical training and globally accepted certifications to support in this pressing need.

Cloud computing is fast becoming the driver for efficiency, productivity and differentiation. The fast paced growth and adoption of emerging technologies is leaving a gap when it comes to cloud computing skills and capabilities. The demand for cloud skills and capabilities is growing daily, but the means to bridge this gap is lagging. To leverage the power of cloud-solutions and services, we need professionals with the right level of skills in business and technology. The partnership between MCC and the CCC offers a comprehensive solution to this problem through a broad, role-based, program of training and certification for the critical roles in cloud adoption. Asked about the partnership, “Our aim is simple – we want to be your value-adding partner” says Dr. Carroll.

To ensure best in class training, MCC offer web-linked, hybrid virtual and classroom training. Course participants situated in Johannesburg will be led by world-class instructors situated around the globe and supported by subject matter experts in the classroom to facilitate practical exercises and discussion. The courses are already being offered, available via the MCC website. Dr. Carroll will also be speaking at a webinar in cooperation with the CCC on Dec. 13, 2016 – register online to get an understanding of the African Cloud Skills Gap.

About Mariana Carroll Consulting

Mariana Carroll Consulting’s tailored training approach, extensive training portfolio and global partnership with the Cloud Credentials Council (CCC), a top certification institution, ensure that they deliver differentiating, value-add training services and solutions to bridge the competency gap. At Mariana Carroll Consulting, they are passionate about developing and enhancing cloud computing skills through fit-for-purpose training, providing practical applicability and relevancy, under-pinned by globally recognised certifications. They offer training and certifications to help you develop, validate and demonstrate professional cloud skills and expertise to your employers, project leaders, and clients.

For more on this press release please contact:

Liezl van Staden

Mariana Carroll Consulting

Email the Cloud Credential Council

Bringing Cloud Computing Down to Earth for Your Company Needs


Have you lately been confronted with questions like:

  • How can technology help us to differentiate ourselves and create that much needed competitive edge?
  • Are new technology-solutions the answer to cost saving and efficiencies?
  • What is needed for IT to become a trusted technology partner to the business?
  • The technology landscape is changing too quickly, how do we keep up and stay relevant?

If so, you are not alone. These are the questions facing management more than ever today.  Asking the right questions is absolutely critical in leading change and truly understanding the value proposition of technological developments. Perhaps even more so is facing the truth of why these questions exist in the first place. We have seen way too many instances where it is often the very person or department that is supposed to lead the charge of keeping up with game changing new technologies that can be the very thing that is hindering businesses to change quickly with the times.

The truth is that in general, we find a large adversity to change, coupled with an attachment to legacy systems and traditional ways of doing business. This phenomenon can be contributed largely to the vast amounts of money and time invested in legacy or in-house developed systems, the complacency to learn and introduce new processes, and hypersensitivity around control, or perhaps just the fear of the unknown. Venturing into areas where weaknesses could be exposed is quite daunting. So coupling the glaring lack of skill and capability, coupled with the speed at which change is happening and it’s understandable why IT management and departments are struggling to find its “Uber” moment and keep up with modern business demands.

Over and above, complex legacy systems and IT environments, limited budgets, security threats and keeping abreast of day to day operations – the skills crunch is finally rearing its head, especially when it comes to new game changing emerging technologies.

Cloud computing is one of these technologies that have already changed the game of business and it affects every organisation in some way.  There is an upward trend in organisations utilising Cloud-based solutions, but most of them do not have the skills to optimise their solutions for maximum return on investment or to deliver differentiating value.

There is a large Cloud skills gap in the market and this trend is widening.

Cloud related skills are listed on the top of the skills shortage list to be recruited by CIO’s.

LinkedIn just released that Cloud and Distributed computing has moved to the number 1 hottest and most difficult skill to find in 2017.

Up until now the problem has been that this “new skill” requirement comes at a top dollar cost and an even greater threat of limited return on investment (mostly because job hopping is the order of the day).

What is the real problem you may ask? There is a massive scarcity of Cloud skills in our current market.

At Mariana Carroll Consulting we’ve seen the needs in the market and with our global partnership with the Cloud Credential Council (CCC), we are bringing to Africa, an industry first. Our Cloud Certification portfolio is based on globally accepted, vendor neutral content that is practical and highly relevant to close this skills gap.  We pride ourselves in delivering value-added services. For us, practical applicability and relevancy are key. We want to put something of value into your hands and help you accelerate, not only your career, but the value you deliver to your organisation.

So where to from here?

As a first step, it’s worth exploring and testing your current Cloud skills. You can take the quiz here: https://cloudcredential.typeform.com/to/Abl2Hq (Or why not, for a yet even bigger challenge, get your entire team to take the test and compare your Cloud Skills aptitude).

Secondly, explore our very exciting 2017 training catalogue and commit to differentiate yourself and your team by enrolling to one of our Cloud Certifications.

Thirdly, let us know your requirements. We would love to come alongside you on this exciting journey of exploring the “art of the possible”, differentiating yourself to create that much needed competitive edge, cost savings, efficiencies and productivity, and to truly become that trusted technology partner to your organisation.

We look forward connecting with you. Contact us today at mariana@marianacarroll.com.

Mariana Carroll Consulting soars to new heights with world class Cloud Training!


Cloud Computing Competency & Skills – A scarce commodity!

Are you ready to differentiate yourself and add that competitive edge to your career?

We would like to partner with you! We understand the skills gap when it comes to emerging technologies. We are passionate to come alongside you to accelerate your career through certified, globally accepted certification. To add that little extra…

Connect with us today! We cannot wait to meet you at one of our Cloud training courses.

Want to know more about us and our training?

We have a vision to accelerate successful cloud adoption through world-class training and certification. We are honoured to be integrating the Cloud Credential Council’s certification courses to offer a first in Africa Cloud training program, including certifications in becoming a Cloud Technology Associate, Professional Cloud Solutions Architect, Professional Cloud Administrator, Professional Cloud Developer, Professional Cloud Service Management, or Professional Cloud Security Manager. We are also working with the University of Pretoria and is developing a first in class, Cloud Auditing Course.

Our aim is simple: We want to be your value-adding partner. Transforming through connectedness!

Join our first of its kind Internationally recognized vendor neutral Cloud Training and Certification in Africa with International trainer, Bart Castle.

Course dates (Johannesburg – 3-day class-room based training)

  • Cloud Technology Associate (Cloud Foundations): 30 November – 2 December 2016 (Brochure / Syllabus)
  • Cloud Solutions Architect:  5 December – 7 December 2016 (Brochure / Syllabus)

Register today!

Register for the training here, or visit our website (www.marianacarroll.com) for more information.

Should you have any questions or would like to speak with our team, please do not hesitate to contact Liezl van Staden @ +27 (0)82 444 8455 or Liezl@marianacarroll.com.

We cannot wait to welcome you at our next training class!

 

About Mariana Carroll Consulting

Mariana Carroll Consulting’s tailored training approach, extensive training portfolio and global partnership with the Cloud Credentials Council (CCC), a top certification institution, ensure that we deliver differentiating, value-add training services and solutions to bridge the competency gap. At Mariana Carroll Consulting, we are passionate about developing and enhancing cloud computing skills through fit-for-purpose training, providing practical applicability and relevancy, under-pinned by globally recognised certifications. We offer training and certifications to help you develop, validate and demonstrate professional cloud skills and expertise to your employers, project leaders, and clients.

Connect with us today!  – Visit us at www.marianacarroll.com

About the Cloud Credential Council

The Cloud Credential Council (CCC) is an international member-based organization mandated to drive cloud readiness through effective competence development. The CCC has established critical cloud certifications for key IT roles in order to cultivate cloud-ready IT professionals. As an independent and vendor neutral certification body, the CCC has an expanding list of members consisting of public sector and academic institutions, cloud service providers, cloud users, cloud training providers, professional associations and international certification bodies across the world. Visit www.cloudcredential.org for more information.

For more on this press release please contact:

Liezl van Staden (Mariana Carroll Consulting) @ Liezl@marianacarroll.com

Tristano Vacondio (Cloud Credential Council) @ info@cloudcredential.org

Cloud operations and management


Cloud Computing has brought a fundamental shift not only in the way technology is accessed and delivered, but to the way businesses operate. It is not only a by-product of our globalised world, but an enabler thereof, providing instant access to information, applications and services, to people in virtually any location.

Cloud Computing has redefined the way Information Technology services are delivered. It has marked an evolution in our use of technology, moving us forward on a journey that started with the Industrial Revolution and leading us to today’s Digital Economy.

Read more about the importance and evolution of Cloud Computing in our newly published free eBook called, UNPACKING CLOUD COMPUTING – Part 1: Your quick and easy ‘know-what-cloud-is’ guide to Cloud conversations.

As Cloud technologies and processes advance, Cloud solutions and services are the preferred vehicle for agile, scalable and elastic solutions. To build competitive advantage and cut costs, organisations and especially IT leaders need to constantly adapt their strategies to leverage Cloud capabilities.

But what happens after you have signed up for your Cloud service? Have you considered what that means from an operational and management perspective?

In our eBook, UNPACKING CLOUD COMPUTING – Part 1, we explore what Cloud operations and management entail and we also provide a very handy checklist to help you identify potential challenges or gaps.

Let’s do a brief rundown of two key components to consider when it comes to Cloud operations and management:

  1. The service level agreement (SLA), a detailed allocation of duties between a Cloud service provider and Cloud consumer which forms the basis of a binding contract; and
  2. Cloud management, the management and monitoring of Cloud service performance and usage, which is generally performed by the Cloud service provider.

Cloud operations and management are critical components to ensure effective Cloud service delivery.

Have you considered the following important questions?

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We would love to hear your responses to the checklist questions. Please share them with us in the comment box below or follow our social media links.

And remember to get your free copy of the eBook.

It is my hope that this quick conversation has stirred some powerful questions that will help you to ensure effective Cloud service delivery.

Unpacking Cloud Computing – Part 1


Your quick and easy ‘KNOW-WHAT-CLOUD-IS’ conversation guide

Do you ever feel lost in a meeting or discussion with a colleague about the latest and newest technologies? Last time I checked, clouds were ‘a visible mass of tiny, condensed water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere’. I did a quick exercise and googled ‘Cloud definition‘…

Surprise! First thing that popped up was not the Clouds in the sky, but rather… ‘A communications network. The word ‘Cloud’ often refers to the Internet, and more precisely to some datacenter full of servers that is connected to the Internet”. Interesting? I translate that to a vast understanding of the importance of technology in not only our businesses, but our daily lives (and perhaps, I might add, Google’s incredible analytics / intelligent search function).

Cloud computing is arguably one of the ‘technology trends‘ with the biggest impact to date. It brought a fundamental shift not only in the way technology and technology services are accessed and delivered, but to the way businesses operate. Cloud computing enables instant access to information, applications, tools, resources and IT services to people in virtually any location.

Without even realising it, most of us use Cloud computing daily, but still we think of it as a ‘new disruptive trend‘, and therefore let’s rather leave it for the tech-guys.

I would like to help you unpack Cloud computing in a series that starts of with the fundamentals around what Cloud is, where it came from and what the major components are in the Cloud ecosystem. We are discussing all of this in my new free eBook called, UNPACKING CLOUD COMPUTING – Part 1: Your quick and easy ‘know-what-cloud-is’ guide to Cloud conversations. If you’ve ever wondered ‘What is Cloud computing?’, you’re going to love this practical and fun guide.

Click Here for your Free Copy!

This eBook is packed with ‘My Cloud Checklists’, ‘Test yourself’ quizzes, interesting facts and the very incredible ‘MY CLOUD CANVAS‘ that will help you paint a picture of all you now (after reading the eBook) know about the Cloud solutions and services in your world.

Look out for Part 2 of this series, ‘UNPACKING CLOUD COMPUTING’, where we will look at why Cloud computing is important and what is driving its adoption. Part 3 is also not to be missed as security and risks are always top of mind when it comes to Cloud computing discussions.

It is my hope that this eBook will empower and equip you to have an informed discussion when you are next posed with the question: “What is Cloud Computing?”.

Click here for your free copy of the eBook.