Digital Enterprise and Cloud Management

Digital transformation is the process of creating new digital business processes and business models to give an organization a competitive advantage, allowing them to make better decisions and deliver higher levels of service to customers.  Cloud computing offers benefits in agility, economics, speed and scale, cloud has become a key enabler in making digital transformation possible.

Students gain the skills to lead a digital enterprise, the ability to manage IT teams, and have expert knowledge of cloud management. Collaboration with business processes creates the need for professionals that understand and can lead the digital transformation.

MBA with the concentration in Digital Enterprise and Cloud Management (DECM) is designed by the faculty members of Graduate and Professional Studies in Business to accommodate the growing demand for professionals with abilities to analyze and manage the digital transformation processes in business utilizing cloud management to effeciently accomplish these tasks.

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Required Classes  for DECM Concentration 

DECM 610 - Introduction to Cloud Technologies

This course is intended for students who seek an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts, independent of specific technical roles. It provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. Students will learn different types of cloud computing and advantages of cloud computing to help organizations make the decision to focus on alternative models of cloud usage that drives business success.

DECM 620 Fundamentals of Cloud Architecting

This course covers the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on the Cloud. The course is designed to teach solutions architects how to optimize the use of the Cloud by understanding cloud services and how these services fit into cloud-based solutions. Because architectural solutions can differ depending on industry, type of applications, and size of business, this course emphasizes best practices for the AWS Cloud, and it recommends various design patterns to help you think through the process of architecting optimal IT solutions on the Cloud. It also presents case studies throughout the course, which showcase how some AWS customers have designed their infrastructures, and the strategies and services that they implemented. Finally, this course also provides opportunities to build a variety of infrastructures via a guided, hands-on approach.

Prerequisite: DECM 610 or AWS Cloud Foundation Certificate

DECM 630 Managing Cloud Operations

This course is designed to prepare participants to pursue entry-level DevOps, support, and cloud operations roles. It will also help prepare them to take the AWS SysOps Administrator - Associate exam. Emphasizing best practices in the Cloud and recommended design patterns, this course will teach students how to solve problems and troubleshoot various scenarios. The course will show students how to create automatable and repeatable deployments of networks and systems on Cloud and covers specific cloud features and tools related to configuration and deployment. With case studies and demonstrations, students will learn how organizations design their infrastructures and implement various strategies and services. Students will also have the opportunity to build a variety of infrastructures via guided, hands-on activities.

Prerequisite: DECM 610 or AWS Cloud Foundation Certificate

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DECM 640 Cloud Analytics and Machine Learning

This course introduces students to the concepts and terminology of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. By the end of this course, students will be able to select and apply machine learning services to resolve business problems. They will also be able to label, build, train, and deploy a custom machine learning model through a guided, hands-on approach, implement a machine learning pipeline using Amazon SageMaker, use ML services for forecasting, computer vision and natural language processing. This course will also host a series of lab exercises that teach students how to conduct Big Data analysis with practical, real-world examples. Students will learn how to analyze extremely large data sets, and to create visual representations of that data, using a case-study approach. The labs and learning resources are designed to supplement an institution's existing Big Data and data analytics courses and provide students with hands-on experience working with data at scale.

Prerequisite: BIDA 630 and DECM 610 or AWS Cloud Foundation Certificate

DECM 660 Cloud Infrastructure and Development

This course is designed to help students gain technical expertise in development using cloud technologies and prepare them to take the AWS Certified Developer - Associate level AWS Certification exam. In this course, students will learn how to configure AWS Identity and Access Management for programmatic access; configure solutions, containers, and storage with Amazon S3 programmatically; develop event-driven solutions with Lambda, SQS, SNS; identify best practice for building and deploying secure applications.

Prerequisite: DECM 610 or AWS Cloud Foundation Certificate

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Career Outlook

With more companies are moving to the public cloud, cloud computing has become a core competence in business. Cloud services are taking the business world by storm with the market expected to hit $623.3 billion by 2023, according to a recent study. 83% of business assignments are also expected to be in the cloud by the end of 2020. AWS Certification Path, Job Description, and Salary (

Currently, AWS certified individuals rank highly among the best paid IT professionals. A recent salary study by Global Knowledge suggests that the average wage for AWS accredited professionals in the United States is $113,932.

Students who receive Graduate Certificate or graduate with an MBA with a concentration in Digital Enterprise and Cloud Management will have the required skills to apply for the following positions:

  • Business Consultant 
  • Cloud Architect
  • Cloud Developer
  • Cloud System Integrator
  • Cloud Manager
Dr. Majed Al-Ghandour

Ph.D. from North Carolina State University

Dr. Burcu Adivar

Ph.D. from North Carolina State University