IMI Diploma in Cloud Strategy

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Cloud computing opens up new ways of doing business.

The IMI Diploma in Cloud Strategy gives technical and non-technical managers a practical grasp of the business opportunities presented by the cloud computing revolution – and the opportunity to develop a rigorous “Cloud Strategy Blueprint” for their organisation.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Location: IMI Campus
  • Next Programme: Autumn 2015
  • Modules: 6

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The IMI Diploma in Cloud Strategy is an exciting new addition to the suite of IMI Diplomas linking to the Master of Business (MoB) framework.

Cloud computing opens up new ways of doing business. But to leverage any cloud opportunity effectively, a well-informed and rigorously developed cloud strategy is essential.

The IMI Diploma in Cloud Strategy will enable you to evaluate business opportunities presented by cloud-based information systems. You will assess the key organisational and technological challenges of migrating applications and services to an external provider. You will develop a rigorous and practical business case for moving your organisation to the cloud. You will identify and address the overriding strategic issues that your organisation will need to address to take advantage of cloud computing opportunities. You will learn to map a cloud migration path that ensures flexibility as processes evolve over time.

Througout the programme you will have the opportunity to practically apply your learning directly within your organisation. Emphasis is placed upon combining classroom teaching with a creative mix of action learning, class discussion, case study analysis and individual and group activities. You will complete the programme by writing a “Cloud Strategy Blueprint” for your organisation.

Learning objectives

By completing the IMI Diploma in Cloud Strategy you will:

Develop a cutting-edge  understanding of the cloud computing revolution and the opportunities this presents to modern business

Understand your strategic business model

Evaluate cloud-bases opportunities and assess their relevance to your organisation

Evaluate your business processes to determine which may be best suited to the cloud

Develop a rigorous and practical “Cloud Strategy Blueprint” for your business

Enhance your capability as a contributor to your organisation’s management team

Payment Options

For 2014, the IMI offers promotional rates and innovative payment options that make our programmes more accessible than ever.

IMI prices are inclusive of teaching materials, meals and parking at the IMI Campus. These prices are only guaranteed for the 2014 intake of IMI Diplomas. We offer all our Diploma participants a 10% discount on double rooms at the IMI National Management Centre.

Organisations that purchase several IMI Diploma places in any calendar year may be eligible for MoB Corporate Partnership. By becoming an MoB Corporate Partner, your organisation can avail of considerable additional price discounts and other benefits. For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership, contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email

Monthly Payments

Pay for your IMI Diploma by monthly payments spread over the duration of the programme. There is no interest charged for choosing this payment option. Terms and conditions apply.

IMI Staged Payments

Pay for 60% of your course in advance of its commencement and pay the 40% balance by January 13th 2015. There is no interest charged for choosing this payment option. Terms and conditions apply.

Loan Packages

Short term loan packages are now available to facilitate payment for MoB programmes. Eligibility for these loans will be determined by our financial partner.

Tax Relief on Tuition Fees

If you are paying for your tuition fees yourself, it is now possible to apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief for this IMI programme. The amount of relief available varies from person to person, and may be as high as €1,400. Tax relief is allowable per programme, per participant, per academic year. Relief will not be available for any part of tuition fees which are met directly, or indirectly, by grants, scholarships, employer payments etc. Please see for further information on how to apply for this relief. All decisions on individual tax relief requests are subject to the discretion of the Revenue Commissioners.

For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership
contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email

Just 3 Steps to a Master of Business

The Master of Business is based around a framework of eleven IMI Diploma Programmes.

By completing any two IMI Diplomas and a Business Research Project within a five year timeframe, you will earn 90 credits (the national standard for a Masters Qualification) and will be conferred the title ‘Master of Business’. The Master of Business and its constituent IMI Diplomas are accredited and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.

Master of Business Degree diagram

How does it work?

  • Step 1: Successfully complete any one of the suite of eleven IMI Diploma programmes.
  • Step 2: Successfully complete a second IMI Diploma of your choosing.*
  • Step 3: Successfully complete the IMI Business Research Project.

…And you’re there!


A key feature of the Master of Business (MoB) is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the three MoB steps takes approximately six months to complete, you have a five year window within which to complete all three steps and attain the MoB.

Therefore, depending on your preference, you can complete the MoB in two years, or within up to five years.

The MoB philosophy

Unlike traditional MBAs and Business Masters, the IMI’s MoB is driven by an intensely practical, action learning philosophy. Throughout the MoB, classroom learning is applied to real-life business challenges via exercises, group work, case studies and projects that centre on both your day-to-day work and the challenges currently facing your organisation. Both you and your organisation will derive genuine real-world benefit from your participation.

Who is eligible?

If you have earned a Level 9 award from another academic institution, or if you completed an IMI Diploma since October 2008, you may be considered eligible to proceed directly to the second stage of the MoB.

To clarify your status or to find out more contact or ring 1800 22 33 88.

There are no formal entry criteria. However, this is a demanding programme and suitability of candidates will be assessed at a pre-programme discussion with the programme director. The purpose of the discussion is to ensure a good fit between the candidate and the diploma programme. Several years’ work experience at management level will normally be expected.

Successful participants will be awarded the IMI Diploma in Cloud Strategy.

This qualification is accredited and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.

The IMI Diploma in Cloud Strategy is academically equivalent to a Postgraduate Certificate (level 9) Minor Award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

By completing this award, you will also earn one-third of the credits required to be awarded the IMI Master of Business qualification.

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Next programme start dates: Autumn 2015


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