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Emerging Technologies Program Overview

There is no question that technology is ever changing and businesses must adapt to remain viable and productive. With this in mind, the IDCP offers a variety of certificate programs focusing on cutting edge, emerging technologies including Introduction to Cloudy Mobile Application Development, Business Analytics and High Availability Storage Networking.


Introduction to Cloudy Mobile App Development

Course Description

Ubiquitous and location-aware PDAs and tablets connected to virtually unlimited capacities of cloud servers offer unique and fast-evolving opportunities for innovative enterprise mobile applications.  They hold potential to facilitate contact with customers, improve communication among workers, and drive business in ways that even a few years ago seemed unimaginable.  This course examines this environment and asks what are clouds, explores the history of mobile computing and clouds, and considers apps in the cloud, getting hands-on experience with rapid prototyping and development of “cloudy” mobile apps using state-of-the-art technologies.  We take into account best practices as well as resource, security, and connectivity limitations of mobile devices.  While the course assumes no prior programming experience with mobile devices or cloud-based servers, participants will utilize these tools through lab exercises.

Learning Objectives

This course aims to introduce mobile computing and cloud concepts for understanding and rapidly prototyping and developing new apps on PDA cell phones and tablets.  Upon completion of this course, students can expect to:

a)    Understand strengths and limitations of mobile computing technologies including communication methods, the protocol stack, app dev frameworks, and application programming interfaces;

b)    recognize the importance of computing clouds from a commercial perspective with attention given to integration with mobility as a business driver;

c)     identify key parameters for rapid prototyping and development of mobile apps that incorporate user interface, persistent storage, security, and “design for failure” concepts;

d)    apply appropriate tools and techniques required for implementation and deployment of mobile apps;

e)    create and deploy instructive/proof-of-concept mobile apps that communicate with computing clouds with the enterprise applications.


The course assumes a basic working knowledge of computing concepts involving the Internet and mobile devices. A mobile device such as a cell phone or tablet is not required as the course utilizes emulators that run on the desktop.


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Tyler, J., App Inventor for Android, Wiley, 2011

Larsen, N., The Little Book of Cloud Computing, New Street Communications, 2011

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Clouds and Mobility
  • Cloud Primer
  • Mobile Computing (Recent History)
  • Design for Cloudy Mobility
  • Mobile Commerce Apps
  • Bar Code Scanning Apps
  • App Configuration & Deployment
  • Location-Aware Apps
  • Communicating with Web APIs


Business Analytics

The field of business analytics has grown significantly over the last few years, providing business users with better insights from operational data stored in transactional systems. Business analytics stands today as one of the most strategically important fields in corporate information technology.  Executives analyze sales trends and customer purchase patterns to improve their marketing strategies and better target customers with product offers and advertising.  To illustrate the current momentum of business analytics both in industry and academia, let us look at some examples:

  • In April 2009 IBM announced that it was setting up a 4,000 person organization focused on helping corporations analyze data better and make smarter decisions, its biggest foray in business consulting since it acquired PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting in 2002 (source: Business Week)

  • Gartner Group identified business analytics as one of the top ten strategic technologies for 2010, together with cloud computing, client computing, virtualization and green IT among others.  According to Gartner, "the new step is to provide simulation, prediction, optimization and other analytics, not simply information, to empower even more decision flexibility at the time and place of every business process action.  The new step looks into the future, predicting what can or will happen".

  • McKinsey Global Institute's May 2011 "Big Data" report states that by 2018 demand for people with deep analytics talent could be 50% to 60% greater than the supply.

The Institute for Data Center Professionals is pleased to announce the development of a new graduate level certificate preparing students to meet this demand.

Students who complete the Certificate in Business Analytics develop expertise and skills in the areas of Data Management, Decision Making, Statistical Data Analysis, Management Science, Online Analytical Processing, Business Performance Management, Data Mining and Predictive Analytics.

Potential Audience:

- Strategy Managers

 - Researchers (physics and engineering, social science, medicine)

- Business analysts and consultants

- IT Professionals

- Advertising and Marketing professionals

- Health Care Administrators

- Finance Professionals

List of courses:

Data Management

Intro to Data Analysis and Computational Statistics

Decision Support Systems

Data Mining and Predictive Analytics

Prerequisites:  Completion of a bachelors degree required, no other prerequisites, however an undergraduate course in Introduction to Statistics is desirable.

For more information on this upcoming certificate, please contact the IDCP at (845) 575-3128 or (845) 575-3588


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High Availability Storage Networking

High Availability Storage Networking is a brand new technology (just released…literally in the past few months) that’s growing in popularity.  It combines a traditional network with a traditional SAN over 10Gb FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet). This Data Center Certificate in High Availability Storage Networking will bring you up to speed on the current trends, theory and practicality that goes along with implementing this new technology within your data center.  The courses within this certificate recap traditional networks, traditional SAN architecture, then move into High Availability Storage Networking utilizing Converged Networking Switches and Converged Networking Adapters. Be up-to-date with this emerging technology that will save your data center money in operational expenses (i.e. power consumption, manpower, and more).


Certificate in High Availability Storage Networking:


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Cloud Infrastructure and Services

This course examines the technical building blocks of Cloud Computing.  It examines the different type of service models, delivery models and characteristics the make up a typical cloud environment.  The course will touch on the different cloud providers today including OpenStack and Amazon.  It will also cover the impacts that cloud has on security, networking and maintenance.  The economics of cloud and how they impact cloud services will also be covered.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:

a)  Basic understanding of what embodies a cloud environment.

b)  An understanding of the impacts that cloud has to traditional data centers

c)  An understanding of the different cloud providers

d)  Knowledge of the business aspects of cloud computing

e)  Knowledge of what it takes to build cloud services

f)   Knowledge of cloud security

g)  An understanding of cloud migration

Topics Covered:

Definition of the Cloud

  • Impacts to traditional data centers

  • Choice of hypervisor

    • Networking 

    • Security

  • Cloud Providers

    • OpenStack

    • Amazon

  • Cloud Economics

    • CapEX vs. OpEx

    • Billing and Metering

  • Building the Cloud

    • Compute

    • Storage

    • Network

    • Identity/Security

    • Migration/CloudBursting








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