ITIL® 4 Specialist: Acquiring & Managing Cloud Services (AMCS)

Learn to manage and optimize cloud services with this ‘ITIL Specialist: Acquiring and Managing Cloud Services’ course from Good e-Learning!

This course is designed to help candidates learn everything they need to know about marrying effective cloud service management with the world-class ITIL 4 framework. By the end of this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to optimize your cloud capabilities in a way that is fully aligned with your unique business strategy. Kickstart your ITIL cloud training today!

Welcome to ITIL Specialist: Acquiring & Managing Cloud Services

Learning Objectives

Module zero introduces candidates to the main features of the course, including the learning plan, aims and objectives, and structure.

Candidates receive a syllabus, diagram pack, glossary, and further reading and links document with links for downloading essential framework publications.
Finally, the module addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about the framework.

Module 1: Understanding the Cloud

Learning Objectives

Module 1 takes candidates through what the ‘cloud’ actually is. It also explores cloud consumption and deployment models.

Module 2: Explore: Can the Organization Benefit From Cloud?

Learning Objectives

Module 2 looks at the Explore stage of the ITIL customer journey. Candidates learn how to identify the value of cloud services, create cloud strategies, and identify the benefits, outcomes, costs, and risks of introducing cloud services to a business.

Module 3: Engage: Meeting a Cloud Service Provider (CSP)

Learning Objectives

Module 3 focuses on the Engage stage of the customer journey. Candidates learn about the different types of cloud service providers and how to choose the right option for an organization. The module also addresses how to define cloud service requirements.

Module 4: Offer: Selecting the Right Services and Service Provider

Learning Objectives

Module 4 introduces the Offer stage of the customer journey. Candidates learn how to calculate return on investment and build viable business cases for cloud services.

Module 5: Review Modules 1-4

Learning Objectives

This module gives candidates an opportunity to review the knowledge they have gained in the course so far. The module includes a memory game on key terms, as well as a checker for the concepts covered in modules 1-4.

Module 6: Agree: Negotiating and Planning

Learning Objectives

Module 6 focuses on the Agree stage of the customer journey. Candidates learn how to form cloud service agreements. They also learn how responsibilities are typically shared between cloud providers and customers.

Module 7: Onboard: Moving to the Cloud

Learning Objectives

Module 8 examines the Onboard stage of the customer journey. Candidates learn about the general factors considered when onboarding users onto a new service, as well as some of the most common issues for onboarding to specific cloud services.

Module 8: Co-Create: Enabling Value

Learning Objectives

Module 8 looks at the Co-Create stage of the customer journey. Candidates learn how to manage cloud service consumption and quality throughout the life of a cloud service.

Module 9: Realize: Measuring and Improving

Learning Objectives

Module 9 addresses the Realize stage of the customer journey. Candidates learn how to maintain cloud services in a VUCA world, as well as how to apply continual improvement to cloud services.

Module 10: Review Modules 6-9

Learning Objectives

This module gives candidates an opportunity to review the knowledge they gained in modules 6-9. The module includes a memory game on key terms, as well as a checker on the concepts covered in modules 6-9.

Module 11: Practice Exams

Learning Objectives

Module 11 features two practice exams (one provided by PeopleCert and the other created by Good e-Learning). The exams are available online and in PDF format.

Taking these exams can help candidates get used to the conditions of the certification exam while also testing their own preparedness.

Module 12: ITIL Specialist: AMCS Wrap-up

Learning Objectives

This module offers a short video detailing the next steps for candidates after completing the course.

This course is designed to prepare students to sit and pass the ITIL Specialist: Acquiring & Managing Cloud Services examination.

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ITIL Specialist: AMCS exam:

  • The exam features 40 multiple-choice questions
  • The exam lasts 1.5 hours (90 minutes)
  • The exam is open-book
  • Students must score at least 26/40 points (65%) to pass

What is ITIL Specialist: Acquiring & Managing Cloud Services?

‘Acquiring and Managing Cloud Services’ is a module built around cloud procurement and technology in relation to corporate strategy and business functions.

Candidates learn how to analyze and judge potential solutions and benefits with a vendor-neutral approach, helping them identify, select, and deliver top-tier cloud services. The syllabus also covers how to co-create value with cloud service procurement and integration via the ITIL framework. Finally, candidates also learn how to establish customer-focused end-to-end cloud procurement journeys for users.

What are the prerequisites for ITIL Specialist: AMCS?

There are no prerequisites for the Acquiring and Managing Cloud Services examination. This includes the ITIL 4 Foundation qualification.

That being said, candidates should keep in mind that passing the Acquiring and Managing Cloud Services exam will not help them achieve the ‘Managing Professional’ or ‘Strategic Leader’ designations.

How can ITIL Specialist: AMCS help my business?

Cloud services and technology are playing an increasingly important role both in ITSM and general business management. They offer a great deal of potential in terms of reliability, scaling, access, and more – to the extent that failing to adopt cloud services can make it difficult for organizations to compete.

Studying Acquiring and Managing Cloud Services is ideal for candidates who need to incorporate cloud services into their organizational practices. Certified candidates can contribute to and oversee cloud integration while optimizing cloud-powered services to create greater value for users and stakeholders.

What is ITSM?

ITSM stands for ‘IT Service Management’. It involves using policies, procedures, and best practices to optimize IT services for clients and employees.

What is ITIL 4?

‘ITIL 4’ is the latest iteration of ITIL, the world’s leading framework for ITSM. It offers a series of best practices to help IT-powered organizations design, develop, and continually improve their IT services.

What does ITIL stand for?

Previously, ITIL stood for the ‘Information Technology Infrastructure Library’. The framework has evolved to the point where it is updated so often that it cannot be considered a static ‘library’. Because of this, the name no longer stands for anything.

What does the ITIL certification path look like?

Students start with ‘ITIL Foundation’. Passing the Foundation exam then enables them to choose modules in the ‘Managing Professional’ or ‘Strategic Leader’ streams.

ITIL 4 Certification Path

How much is ITIL certification worth?

According to Payscale, certified ITIL practitioners can earn between $51,000 and over $259,000 (or £18,000 and over £118,000), depending on their experience, role, and certification level. Even sitting a Foundation course can have significant benefits for ITSM professionals.

How does ITIL work?

ITIL provides users with a set of best practices for creating optimized IT services. It establishes cultures of continuous improvement, ensuring that users can enjoy long-term benefits with IT services continually aligned with business goals and strategies. It also offers proven practices for resource optimization and continuous improvement.

How can ITIL benefit businesses?

ITIL 4 is a modern framework that fully equips users to optimize their IT practices. It creates cultures of continuous improvement, enabling organizations to deliver top-quality IT products and services whilst also continually reviewing their own processes.
The framework is also highly adaptable and can work alongside other popular approaches, such as DevOps. Finally, the framework is set to continue evolving to accommodate developments in technology and best practices. This makes ITIL future-proof for practitioner organizations.

What is ITIL v4?

‘ITIL v4’ is ITIL 4. Previous iterations of the framework were treated as ‘versions’, resulting in names like ‘v3’. However, ITIL 4 does not follow the same format, as it will be updated on a regular basis.

What’s new with ITIL 4?

There were three major changes with the release of ITIL 4. Firstly, it is more industry and community-driven, with practitioners helping to update the framework. Next, it can be easily integrated with other popular frameworks, such as DevOps, Agile, and Lean. The new framework also has an updated certification path.

What is AXELOS?

AXELOS is a joint venture company behind a variety of highly popular best practice frameworks, including ITIL 4, PRINCE2, MSP, and AgileSHIFT.

What other frameworks can complement ITIL?

ITIL 4 can be integrated with several other frameworks, including Agile, DevOps, and Lean. Some practitioners even use it alongside PRINCE2.

Who is this course aimed at?

  • C-suite executives
  • Cloud architects and consultants
  • Procurement, capture, and bid managers interested in cloud services
  • Experienced and aspiring ITSM managers
  • PPM professionals
  • Any managers involved in IT direction and strategy
  • ITIL practitioners looking to expand their knowledge

What will you learn by taking this course?

  • How to use the cloud to identify and pursue opportunities, manage risks, and achieve business outcomes
  • How to create, align, and integrate key concepts of the cloud consumer journey with the ITIL 4 framework
  • How to develop a practical understanding of how cloud technology and procurement can integrate with and support business strategies and functions, regardless of an organization’s cloud maturity, sector, or industry
  • How the cloud services user journey aligns with key concepts in ITIL, such as the Service Value Chain (SVC) and Guiding Principles
  • How to analyze solutions and benefits with a vendor-neutral approach
  • Identify, select, and deliver fully optimized cloud services
  • Utilize cloud services procurement and integration to facilitate value co-creation
  • How to give your business an end-to-end, customer-focused cloud procurement user journey
  • How to drive value co-creation with successful procurement and integration of cloud services
  • Everything needed to pass the ITIL Specialist: Acquiring and Managing Cloud Services exam

Why should you take this course?

  • Good e-Learning was independently certified as a ‘Market Leader’ for ITIL training by Course Conductor
  • ITIL 4 is the world’s most popular and up-to-date framework for effective IT service management (ITSM)
  • Candidates can take this ITIL cloud training course without passing the Foundation exam. This course also covers the framework’s essential guidance and key concepts
  • Cloud services are playing an increasingly crucial part in both ITSM and business/ IT strategy
  • This ITIL course teaches candidates how to implement permanent and ongoing improvements within an organization
  • ITIL certification is an excellent way for professionals to improve their earning capacity and unlock new career opportunities
  • This course fully prepares candidates to sit and pass the ITIL Specialist: Acquiring and Managing Cloud Services exam on their first attempt
  • The course offers a practice exam simulator as well as regular knowledge checks to help students prepare for the exam
  • We offer each student a FREE exam voucher (T&Cs apply)
  • This course is fully accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS
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