Finding Your Place In The Cloud – New Cloud Computing Jobs

Finding Your Place In The Cloud – New Cloud Computing Jobs

New Cloud Computing Jobs

A lot of people are saying that Cloud computing is going to explode in 2012. Growth in big data, social media and a lot more tech trends are combining to offer a number of new and exciting jobs for this exponential growth. In part 1 we will cover the more obvious jobs emerging which includes Director of Cloud Transformation, Social media strategist and Chief Data Analyst.

Director of Cloud Transformation

Cloud computing is obviously the next step in computer infrastructure evolution. Just like the move from mainframe to client-server, client-server is moving up to the Cloud and many companies are seeing this change as inevitable, so why not get someone to oversee the transformation? This is where the Director of Cloud Transformation steps in.

Other names: VP of Virtualization, Cloud Transformation officer, Overall Cloud Project manager, etc

Objective(s): To move [insert company name here] successfully into the cloud

Skills required:

  • experience and ability to plan, control and deliver complex, high-risk technology projects that change scope on a daily basis
  • can coordinate multiple technology specialists while maintaining a big picture of the overall Cloud transformation project
  • a thorough understanding of [insert company name here]’s applications, procedures and history

Qualified applicants to the post can expect a career of between 5 to 7 years as the job will continue after the last transition or transformation as the role will change to the maintenance of the successful cloud transformation.

Social media strategist

While social media continues to grow and expand in the cloud, the use of social media for business is only just emerging as a respectable job position. Companies are seeing where this is going as social media is becoming the way people are communicating, especially as smartphones are keeping everyone more or less connected 24/7. This is why the Social media strategist is required, to help inform the right people about [insert company name here]’s great new services.

Other names: Socialite, New media coordinator, Manager of social media, etc

Objective(s): to define the social media strategy for [insert company name here]

Skills required:

  • familiarity with marketing methods for current social media which may include anything from Facebook and Twitter to Tumblr and Pinterest as social media continues to evolve
  • strong experience in business strategy, marketing and project management
  • an understanding of HTML, Web rendering and how information is disseminated on the Internet
  • knowledge of SEO and a proven track record in technology-based marketing projects are a big advantage

Bear in mind that the role will not just involve Tweeting or Facebooking about [insert company name here] but to target specific segments of social media users in the successful promotion of the company to its targeted audience.

Chief Data Analyst

Just like there are data analysts out there the emergence of Big Data and its growing importance in the Cloud will spur the growth of people to analyze Big Data and make sense from the torrents of information currently flooding [insert company name here]. This is basically what the Chief Data Analyst does, but with good data reports and numbers to back him or her up.

Other names: Data scientist, chief market scientist, customer sleuth etc

Objective(s): to extrapolate useful information from Big Data pools for possible market estimation and forecasting

Skills required:

  • an understanding on how to collect, interpret and analyze Big Data and then boil it down to understandable numbers or reports
  • familiarity with data processing algorithms, high-level analytics and marketing
  • experience in high-speed computing, data mining and knowledge in statistics or artificial intelligence will be a plus
  • the ability to communicate well with decision makers

While there are software tools for this, many do not account for the insights gained by the ideal candidate of this position. The ideal candidate will take this avalanche of numbers and be able to pinpoint specific trends in a heartbeat. He or she will then use these insights to make correct forecasting decisions.

Quite obviously, these are rather high-level skill sets and probably won’t be available to the general work force just yet as educational institutes struggle to keep up. However, these are real jobs that tech companies will be focusing on in 2012 and later years. Many people in their current positions will just require a little bit of polishing in certain areas for a high chance at a successful application for any of the jobs above.

By Muz Ismail

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