Do you have a cloud computing career plan?

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Each time that something new comes up we can clearly identify a great opportunity to be ahead of our peers by preparing ourselves in the way the market is requiring.

IT Service Providers are running fast to be prepared to deliver the best of breed in terms of technology on cloud computing and to achieve this result they are demanding a high amount of experts to support their complex environments. It is clear that much of the way IT services are being offered now are converging to the cloud model forcing IT professionals to adapt themselves to this new paradigm.

A 2012 study released by IDC expects nearly 14 million jobs worldwide by 2015 which will be related to IT cloud services.  This study also shows that China, India, USA, Indonesia and Brazil will led this growth scenario for new positions able to support public and private clouds solutions.

Technical skills aligned to business perspective

There are three main categories of technical careers on cloud computing:

  • IT Architects who will be responsible for defining main solutions
  • IT Administrators who will maintain service provider infrastructure
  • IT Consultants to evaluate clients’ needs and understand how these different offerings can be useful to attend our client expectation

All these professionals must  have some level of understanding of how a cloud solution will leverage business strategy on different layers and business segments.  C-level decision makers don’t expect only technology hype and even early adopters are too focused on achieving high productivity targets aligned with aggressive business growth levels. Answering how cloud will be able to help them achieve those items will be a key element is this equation and even an IT Admin will have many opportunities to influence their client daily contacts about cloud adoption.

Being acquainted with different business verticals is a good start to acquiring business knowledge about different industries segments and some web sites can help with this task by explaining specific features for each industry in the IBM industries and solutions corner.

Certification paths

Being certified by one cloud service provider will define you as an expert if combined with a previous solid technical background. Acquiring a certification will also give you a “formal” recognition as someone prepared to deliver what is expected and increases your chances of employment. Actually establishing a certification commitment date will give you a milestone to be pursed which probably will motivate you to move ahead.

An IBM white paper called The value of IT Certification states that over 80 percent of users place more trust in the partner’s advice when working with a solution provider that holds IT Certifications and close to 80 partner are more likely to leverage the partner on other engagements.

IBM and some others companies holds specific certification roadmaps and available training to let you achieve your certification goals even without expending too much money in this path. The following IBM web links will give you excellent description about cloud technical careers and also will offer you some test samples with a few no cost materials for your certification training:

If you still need additional motives to move you ahead to a cloud certification check some materials on the IBM and Prometric web sites Why IT Certify , which allows you to read hints for different job role perspectives and defines all necessary steps to achieve your certification objectives. This tool is a web-based resource designed to give you information about the value of IT certification from IT Professionals, IT Business Partners to IT Decision Makers.

Cloud computing is expected to generate as much as $1.1 trillion a year in revenue by 2015 so IT professionals have an amazing opportunity to be on the top of this game changer technology. Get your surfboard and go to the pipeline. Are you prepared to surf this big wave?

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