How To Build Career in Cloud Computing

  • 14 million new jobs across the globe!
  • 10 million in China, India and Asia-Pacific region!!
  • $1.1 trillion a year by 2015 in global revenues!!!

Mind blowing figures! Yes, it is red-hot technology of Cloud Computing which is supposed to generate at least 14 million new jobs across the globe within the next three years. Moreover, these new jobs may likely be in many areas outside of IT.

Those findings come from new research conducted by IDC and sponsored by Microsoft Corp.

So , what is Cloud Computing Technology ?

 ”Cloud computing is a technology that uses the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to use applications without installation and access their personal files at any computer with internet access. This technology allows for much more efficient computing by centralizing storage, memory, processing and bandwidth. ” -Wikinvest

Trends Propelling The Growth of Cloud Services

According to another study sponsored by enterprise software giant SAP , three industry megatrends are propelling the growth of cloud services and employment: the boom in mobile computing devices such as smartphones and tablets; the “social” trend in online services; and the growth of Big Data flows that require more data management services. Government policies and purchasing decisions at all levels will also have a major influence on cloud adoption and job growth.

Cloud Computing Certifications

The best way to start building your career in cloud computing is by earning some  cloud computing certifications.

If you want to work in cloud computing, gain experience by applying your skills, training, and experience to an enterprise that is willing to make the switch to utility-based computing, or at least a hybrid design.

Cloud computing skills

Truly speaking , there is dearth of cloud computing skills, and there is a  lack of IT professionals who are familiar with cloud offerings and know how to implement them. Across the IT industry, CIOs, technology vendors and consultants agree that there is a serious shortage of cloud computing skills that threatens to hamper adoption.

If you are aspiring for a career in cloud computing, try to build your expertise in one or more of the following IT areas will better prepare IT professionals for a role in cloud projects:

  • Systems administration, with an emphasis on virtualization
  • Storage networking
  • Virtual switching
  • Services management – a la the IT Infrastructure Library framework – and orchestration
  • Business-IT alignment
  • Software-as-a-service management
  • Data analytics, data warehousing, master data management
  • Information security, compliance, data integrity
  • Cloud platforms (from players such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft)

Where can you find cloud computing opportunities?

Many large corporations like Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Google, Apple, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, and other are devoting huge resources to cloud initiatives – companies like VMware, Saleforce.com, Rackspace, EMC, SAP, NetSuite, and others have made huge stands in the field. Smaller companies like Cloud Sigma could also prove to be a great place to work.

Pay Package

Pay package is equally impressive. An entry-level professional, perhaps with 5-6 years of experience, can earn around 12-19 lakh; while a mid-level executive will get around 20 lakh. People with 10-15 years experience can hope to get 30 lakh or more.

So what are you waiting for. To be in the right position for increased responsibilities, better pay, and promotions, start doing your research into cloud computing.

Adapted from the following articles:

With inputs from Praveen Panjiar

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