Our mission is to equip IT pros with skills that drive cloud project success

Learn who we are, what we do and how we do it

What is Cloud Institute?

We’re an IT training company focused on upskilling individuals and teams on cloud platforms and technologies through hyper relevant instruction, hands-on practice and personalized coaching. Based in Austin, Texas, we’re a fully remote company led by industry veterans with over 35 years of experience in IT training and education.

What does Cloud Institute do?

We create project-ready teams. We believe training is only successful when you can apply new skills to achieve a goal. That’s why we can tailor instruction and extend training beyond the classroom with certification and technology coaching. You aren’t left alone to figure it out yourself once classroom instruction is complete.

How does Cloud Institute work?

We are only successful when you are successful. We offer comprehensive training to help IT pros obtain cloud certifications, and tailor instruction and technology coaching to ensure IT teams can ramp up on new technology skills a processes quickly to deliver on cloud initiatives. We also partner with IT staffing and recruitment firms to enable accurate cloud skills validation so they can correctly hire and place candidates

Meet our leadership and advisors

Ed Sattar
CEO
Ed Sattar
CEO

Ed Sattar is a visionary and serial entrepreneur. He has invested 20 years in the e-learning industry and made significant contributions across multiple industries. Ed developed an Instructional Delivery Methodology called QS Learn, and an AI cognitive learning platform called CLIPP. Ed is based in Austin, TX.

Ed Sattar is a visionary and serial entrepreneur. He has invested 20 years in the e-learning industry and made significant contributions across multiple industries. Ed developed an Instructional Delivery Methodology called QS Learn, and an AI cognitive learning platform called CLIPP. Ed is based in Austin, TX.

David Mantica
Fractional COO

David has 30 years of business-to-business services, consulting, coaching, and training experience in roles from operations, service delivery, marketing, product management, executive management, and ownership. He successfully built and sold his B2B training firm having taken it from zero to $13M in revenue in seven years, all done organically.

Along with his service to Cloud Institute, David provides consulting services to several companies through DTM Services. He also provides pro bono career coaching services using his Career Insurance methodology and canvas. Since 2000, he has presented over 700 times to over 28,000 people on technology, the impact of technology on work, leadership and management in the face of VUCA, and the future of work.

Janna Finch
CMO & Co-Founder

Janna joined Cloud Institute as the head of marketing in 2022. She oversees the company’s marketing and communications strategy, which includes go-to-market planning, digital experience, demand generation, branding, business development, social media and strategic events across the company. She has been a tech and marketing geek since discovering Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox newsletter in 2001. In her spare time, Janna is an avid kayaker, hiker and mountain biker.

Lara Hill
VP of Marketing

Lara leads content marketing strategy and execution for Cloud Institute. She has deep expertise working with entrepreneurs and businesses to craft marketing plans, building customer journeys and creating content that aligns customer needs and business goals. Lara is a mom to two teens and two rescued hounds, and lives lakeside where she enjoys paddle boarding and hiking.

Michael Banta
VP of Product & Co-Founder

Michael leads product and innovation strategies for Cloud Institute. He oversees all product initiatives, including Cloud Institute’s platform, products, technologies, instructors, coaches and partners. Michael co-founded Cloud Institute because he is passionate about enabling people and companies to upskill in order to grow within or transition into cloud computing. He believes cloud computing provides enormous opportunity for anyone to achieve their goals in technology and the team at Cloud Institute can ensure people reach their goals.

Faisal Khwaja
VP of Engineering

Faisal Khwaja is Vice President of Engineering. He’s experienced in leading IT teams in areas of development, infrastructure, and DevOps. At Cloud Institute, Faisal moved his team from on-premises to AWS’ cloud platform. He has excellent leadership skills and focuses on key KPIs to monitor his team’s performance. He is based in Toronto, Canada.

Paul Kaplan
VP of Sales & Co-Founder

“Tell me I forget. Teach me I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Ben Franklin

Over the past 17 years I have worked on this exact opportunity. Namely, we have come to rely on acquiring a new skill sets with methods largely rooted in the last century. I have always believed that education needs to be more focused on helping people acquire skills and less focused on the delivery of content.

As Founding Member and VP of Cloud Training for Cloud Institute, I’m in charge of enabling you and your teams in the skills needed to leverage the cloud. Since 2002, I have worked in the training and professional services industry. I have extensive experience helping companies understand how to leverage the cloud for competitive advantage to design and build cloud native solutions and enable developers and business users to quickly build and deploy apps in the cloud.

Zaki Medina
Advisor & Instructor

Experienced leader of data science, analytics and technical teams with an advanced understanding of data engineering, data science, MLOps and responsible AI technologies and the appropriate application of these technologies to solve problems at a massive scale within domains such as Retail, E-commerce, Multi-sided Marketplaces, Finance & Banking, Energy, Manufacturing and Healthcare.

Richard Kang
Head of Engineering, Healthcare

Richard Kang has 15+ years of experience in software engineering, architecture and program management in financial and gaming industry. He specializes in large scale, multi-million dollar multi-year projects featuring low latency and high frequency applications and Big Data architecture.

Drawing his connections in Singapore, Malaysia, China, and his expertise in engineering, Richard works with businesses as a technology partner for designs and solutions of wearables, Internet of Things, and Big Data. Richard is a certified Enterprise Architect, and he holds a Master of Science from the National University of Singapore.

Mark Johnson
Cloud Engineer & Solutions Architect

Mark holds over 15 Google and Google Cloud certifications and has over 20 years of IT Experience in Solution Architecture and cloud computing.

He has spent the last 10 years engaged as a customer-facing Google Cloud Evangelist, Engineer & Authorized Trainer working with all types of clients from different industries. He is an expert problem solver adept at using Google Cloud technologies and best practices to support Enterprise organizations. Mark loves new technology and is always an early adopter and technology enthusiast with a passion for learning.

Ed Sattar
CEO
David Mantica
Fractional COO
Janna Finch
CMO & Co-Founder
Lara Hill
VP of Marketing
Michael Banta
VP of Product & Co-Founder
Faisal Khwaja
VP of Engineering
Paul Kaplan
VP of Sales & Co-Founder
Zaki Medina
Advisor & Instructor
Richard Kang
Head of Engineering, Healthcare
Mark Johnson
Cloud Engineer & Solutions Architect

Meet our instructors

Richard Kang
Head of Engineering, Healthcare
Richard Kang
Head of Engineering, Healthcare

Richard Kang has 15+ years of experience in software engineering, architecture and program management in financial and gaming industry. He specializes in large scale, multi-million dollar multi-year projects featuring low latency and high frequency applications and Big Data architecture.

Drawing his connections in Singapore, Malaysia, China, and his expertise in engineering, Richard works with businesses as a technology partner for designs and solutions of wearables, Internet of Things, and Big Data. Richard is a certified Enterprise Architect, and he holds a Master of Science from the National University of Singapore.

Richard Kang has 15+ years of experience in software engineering, architecture and program management in financial and gaming industry. He specializes in large scale, multi-million dollar multi-year projects featuring low latency and high frequency applications and Big Data architecture.

Drawing his connections in Singapore, Malaysia, China, and his expertise in engineering, Richard works with businesses as a technology partner for designs and solutions of wearables, Internet of Things, and Big Data. Richard is a certified Enterprise Architect, and he holds a Master of Science from the National University of Singapore.

Zaki Medina
CTO in Healthcare

Zaki is a co-founder at a digital self-care wellness platform encompassing a disruptive multi-sided marketplace operating at the intersection of General Health, Nutrition, Mental, Intimate Health & Sexual Wellness.

He has years of experience leading data science, analytics and technical teams with an advanced understanding of data engineering, data science, MLOps and Responsible AI technologies and the appropriate application of these technologies to solve problems at a massive scale within domains such as Retail, E-commerce, Multi-sided Marketplaces, Finance & Banking, Energy, Manufacturing and Healthcare.

Sam Alapati
Cloud and Data Technical Lead

Sam has over 20 years of experience it IT that spans cloud computing, databases and Big Data. He is a go-to expert when it comes to optimizing a company's strategy for cloud computing. Sam also helps companies lower their cloud spend  so they don't spend unnecessary resources on cloud services.

Sam is always at the forefront of innovation in cloud computing, which led him to author 18 books about cloud computing and cloud services. He is a lifelong learner whose expertise is invaluable. 

Shashike J.
Principal Software Engineer

In his current role, Shashike is an end-to-end software architect with a proven track record for building high achieving MVPs, enterprise applications and unlocking millions of dollars in revenue for startups and founders. He has nearly 10 years of hands-on experience in large companies and pre-revenue startups.

Shashike enjoys writing code that matters and dealing with the roadblocks and chaos that come with building prominent products. He loves to be challenged and has never given up in his work, which is why he's been such a crucial team member for so many companies.

Mahesh Kumar
Principal Cloud Consultant

Mahesh has transformed his career multiple times from a Software Developer to Sales Engineer to Solution Architect to Technology Leader to Entrepreneur.

He is responsible for providing leadership along with other department heads, such as marketing, sales, pre-sales, and delivery in designing Google Cloud solutions and as an advisor for technologies improving efficiency and effectiveness.

Mahesh is focused on Cloud, AI & Unstructured Data Analytics. He has experience in Presales, Professional Services, Presenting in Industry events, Mentoring, Training & Enablement.

Mahesh has a Google Cloud Platform Evangelist & Enthusiastic YouTuber maintains a YouTube channel named Learn GCP with Mahesh where interesting Google Cloud Platform concepts are shared & the channel is currently subscribed by 12K+ subscribers with 827K+ views & 50K watch hours.

Abiola Akinbade
Senior Cloud Engineer

Abiola is a highly experienced Cloud Engineer specializing in architecture and DevOps. He is often sought to provide technology consulting to his clients on their system architecture and infrastructure needs. Abiola's experience and leadership in collaborating with development team members ensures his clients always have scalability, resilience, security, and availability of their software products.

Abiola is a certified Microsoft Azure trainer who has delivered live trainings for enterprises and has produced self-paced courses for those who prefer to learn at their own pace.

Abiola holds over 20 IT certifications across multiple cloud companies and other technologies including: AWS, Azure, Oracle, Kubernetes, Google Cloud and others.

Siddhesh Prabhugaonkar
Cloud Solutions Architect

Siddhesh Prabhugaonkar is a Microsoft Certified Trainer based in India where he works as a cloud solution architect and corporate trainer. He has over 15 years of experience as an IT professional and trainer. His focus areas include Microsoft Azure, .NET and Microsoft technologies in general. 

He currently works as a cloud solution architect with ZasmLabs. He has been recruited to work with global training institutes like O'Reilly Learning, Global Knowledge, Netcom Learning, Opsgility, Simplilearn, Cloud Institute and others.

Aman Ullah
Machine Learning Engineer

Aman is an expert software developer with extensive experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning software applications. He has earned four Microsoft Azure certifications and a Google Cloud certification. 

Most of Aman's work is for a large technology company where he leads their machine learning strategy. 

Aman is a cloud evangelist who cares deeply about technology and innovation. He enjoys teaching people about cloud technologies and has delivered training classes for over 20 enterprise companies and 10,000 IT professionals. 

Akhil Bangia
Management Consulting

Akhil began his career as a software engineer at Avaya and after a few quick promotions he was recruited to become a consultant. His attention to detail, hands-on experience with cloud applications and always staying at the forefront of innovation helps him deliver big results for his clients. 
Cloud technologies are of such interest to Akhil that he dedicates much of his time to helping others advance their skills in cloud computing such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. Akhil's knowledge of multi-cloud strategies makes his expertise invaluable to clients and their customers.

Akhil Bangia
Management Consulting

Akhil began his career as a software engineer at Avaya and after a few quick promotions he was recruited to become a consultant. His attention to detail, hands-on experience with cloud applications and always staying at the forefront of innovation helps him deliver big results for his clients. 

Cloud technologies are of such interest to Akhil that he dedicates much of his time to helping others advance their skills in cloud computing such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. Akhil's knowledge of multi-cloud strategies makes his expertise invaluable to clients and their customers.

William A. Clark
Cybersecurity Coach

William Clark is the founder and CEO of Clark Technology Group, Inc. For the past 30 years he has been working with networking and cybersecurity in the retail, health care, government, military and manufacturing sectors. He is an accomplished IT trainer with over 30 years of experience in the classroom delivering hands-on learning experiences to his students. In addition to an active certification training schedule, he currently serves as Lead Coach for an award-winning Cybersecurity Bootcamp program.

Bill is a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer and holds the following certifications: CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Network+, Security+, Mobility+, Certified Wireless Network Trainer, CWTS, and CWNA. In addition to teaching exam prep courses for those certificates, Bill is also an experienced course developer and is the author of several technical training courses.

Richard Kang
Head of Engineering, Healthcare
Zaki Medina
CTO in Healthcare
Sam Alapati
Cloud and Data Technical Lead
Shashike J.
Principal Software Engineer
Mahesh Kumar
Principal Cloud Consultant
Abiola Akinbade
Senior Cloud Engineer
Siddhesh Prabhugaonkar
Cloud Solutions Architect
Aman Ullah
Machine Learning Engineer
Akhil Bangia
Management Consulting
William A. Clark
Cybersecurity Coach

We promise to be:

Easy to work with

Everyone is overworked and overscheduled. We will be the provider you look forward to working with.

Flexible

No one company is the same and we’ll take the time to listen and understand what you need to be successful.

Timely

You don’t have time to wait. We’ll provide fast and superior service to keep your business and teams moving forward.

Excellence in cloud training

We want you to have the best possible return on investment and secure the skills needed to achieve your goals. That’s why we strive to meet the rigorous criteria to maintain our status in the following programs.

Refunds & Substitutions

Delivering training that helps you achieve goals is our top concern. That’s why you can request a full refund or substitute another course free of charge if you’re not satisfied with your class.

We pledge to be flexible and work with your situation

  • Self-paced courses: Request a refund within 10 business days of purchase.
  • Live courses: Request a refund up until the first half of the first day of class.
  • Course substitutions and transfers are free of charge and can be done any time up until the day of class.
  • Cancel up to 5 business days prior to your course with no penalty and receive a full refund or credit to reschedule training.
  • Courses with 3 or more paying students at least 2 weeks from the start date are guaranteed to run.
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