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Demand For Cloud Skills Increases

Demand For Cloud Skills Increases

Demand for Cloud Skills Increases

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Thinking about adding more cloud skills to your repertoire? Stop thinking. The time to do it is now.

For IT professionals, cloud computing skills are becoming an essential resume item. Companies are actively – and increasingly – looking for employees with the knowledge and hands-on experience to build and maintain cloud –based applications.

And despite some fearful chatter, the rise of the cloud does not signal the death of the traditional data center, or the data center staff. The IT staff will not go away; organizations will just be able to get much more productivity out of staff than they previously could. The jobs will still be there – just with slightly different descriptions.

Overall, the picture is quite rosy for an IT pro with cloud skills. The proof is in the news almost daily. A recent Washington Post article: “Analysts Expect Growth in Cloud Jobs,” cited Bureau of Labor & Industry data predicting 671,300 new jobs in computer systems design and related services by 2020.

But that’s the future – jobs are available right now. Earlier this year, IDC released a report stating that 1.7 million cloud-related positions remained unfilled. Why? A lack of training and certification. A survey of UK businesses conducted by V3 found that almost half said their cloud projects had “been hindered by a lack of relevant skills among employees. “

If you’re looking to advance your career, you can’t get much more of a directive.

So you’re convinced: You need cloud skills. How do you get them? Training is available from companies like mine (CBT Nuggets) and from the various cloud vendors. And the beauty of some services (like AWS) is that you can “play” with the technology (for free) to get a hands-on experience.

Just trying out cloud services isn’t enough to impress an employer. A number of vendors now offer certification in cloud skills. AWS, Rackspace, and VMware are a few of the “big guns” with certification tracks. Obviously, it makes the most sense to pursue a certification in the technology you see yourself using the most. But even if you end up using a different technology, the process of training for and passing the certification exams will enhance your understanding of what you can do with cloud computing.

Certification, of course, costs money. It can be time consuming. And ultimately, isn’t it just a piece of paper? The answer is yes… and no.

While certification can’t substitute for real-world skills, it is a quick way to show employers – or potential employers – that your skills have been validated. That could be all you need to get a leg up on other candidates. Achieving a certification also shows that you’re willing to put in the time and effort to learn new technology and keep your skills up to date. In the fast-paced IT world, that’s a crucial characteristic.

Cloud computing is new, but that doesn’t mean it’s a fleeting trend. All signs point to it being a permanent part of the IT landscape – as permanent as anything is in IT, at least. Companies are looking for people who can harness the power of the cloud: You should be one of them.

By Jeremy Cioara

Jeremy Cioara is an IT trainer, consultant, speaker, author, and editor. He is the creator of numerous online training series for CBT Nuggets, including “AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Foundations” and “AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Architecting for AWS.”

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The Big Gap -> Cloud Skills

The Big Gap -> Cloud Skills

A recent study by market intelligence firm IDC shows that about 1.7 million cloud computing jobs could not be filled due to lack of training and certification as well as experience. Businesses are moving to the cloud at an exponentially accelerating rate. Various surveys of IT executives shows that 50% consider cloud a ‘high’ to ‘very high’ priority, and 67% are either planning to or are already using cloud computing, and 75% are concerned about security, access and data control.

The majority of IT jobs require cloud-related skills. 26% annual growth in the demand for cloud related positions through 2015, and 92% show a higher demand for cloud related skills versus a year ago.  IT jobs require ‘cloud-ready’ professionals. Millions of jobs have gone unfilled due to lack of training and certification and this number is expected to increase. 57% of hiring managers are concerned about current staff’s cloud-related skills, and 61% are concerned about the availability of skills in the job marketplace. A recent salary report from Global Knowledge shows that the top training needs for 2013 are Cloud and Virtualization.

The cloud skills gap needs to be addressed. Today. The Cloud Credential Council has developed the basis for Cloud Essentials and Virtualization Essentials training courses leading to the CCC Cloud Technology Associate certificate. In June 2013 the Professional level cloud courses and certifications are available in the domains of Cloud Administrator, -Developer, -Security/Governance, – Service Manager,-Solutions Architect. In addition development is starting in May 2013 on Cloud Forensics targeting amongst others law enforcement officials.

By Marcel Heilijgers,

This guest article was provided by Marcel Heilijgers, Executive Director of the Cloud Credential Council.  He earned his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, and his Master of Business Administration form Leicester University.  He has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry having led business units at Novell and Microsoft.

Three Reasons Why Sys Admin Jobs Are Not Threatened by Cloud

Three Reasons Why Sys Admin Jobs are Not Threatened by Cloud

More often than not, concerns around cloud adoption are actually questions relating to job security of the IT staff once the company decides to adopt cloud. This is a misconception which none other than the IT departments who have gone through the transition can confirm. What these system administrators have learned the hard way is that Cloud is not their enemy; in fact, it simplifies their job and adds further value by providing an opportunity to initiate exciting new cloud services and projects for the company.

With your company’s applications, data and infrastructure moving to the cloud, you won’t be left with nothing to do. On the contrary, you will now be able to deliver more value to your company by delivering the “cloud promise” to the end user – your enterprise colleagues. While the cloud takes care of the backups, failover and application support, you can get busy fine-tuning your existing SaaS application portfolio, monitoring and managing load and most importantly, initiating new Cloud apps projects within your company. If you observe closely, cloud is mostly replacing tasks which you weren’t doing anyway – manual installations for example.

Some of the tasks which will not become obsolete once your company shifts to the cloud:

1. Network Management

You will still be managing your network, just differently. Instead of keeping an eye on the servers humming in the datacenter, you will now be ensuring availability between your company’s internal network and the cloud.

2. Cloud management

Your company’s lifeblood is now on the cloud – the enterprise apps as well as the data. Now instead of dealing with your Internet Service Provider, you will now be dealing with your cloud provider/s to make sure all your SaaS applications remain up and running. This will also involve helping IT team with new feature integrations and customizations and if your company has a hybrid cloud strategy, you will most probably be deeply involved in
managing cloud provisioning, SaaS application discovery and keeping your application portfolio up and running. This is no easy feat and migration to the cloud opens up the requirement to have a Cloud-administrator in-house since this is something which cannot be bundled and sent to the cloud along with infrastructure and services.

3. Training

With all the new apps now sitting on the cloud, your company’s workforce will need to be trained to make the adoption as smooth as possible. IT department will be the key to ensure not only a safe transition but improving employee productivity by training them on the cloud platform.

Your company’s move to the cloud is your opportunity to equip yourself with the right skills and hands-on experience necessary to survive and thrive in this changed world.

By Walter Bailey

Cloud Infographic: IT Cloud Skills Gap

Cloud Infographic: IT Cloud Skills Gap

Cloud Infographic: IT Cloud Skills Gap

Cloud computing, big data, enterprise technologies and other cross-dimensional technologies are the hottest portfolios in the IT industry, where many organizations are investing heavily across the globe. This heavy investment is producing a sustainable growth of jobs in the area of information technologies.

A study conducted by CompTIA under the caption of IT industry outlook 2013 suggests that demand of cross-dimensional and cloud-savvy professionals will keep growing at more than 22% in the next seven years till 2020.

In such a growing market of technology professionals, the training would play a much bigger role than ever before – there is a couple of solid reasons for the same.  Continue Reading

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Using Cloud Computing To Increase Employee Productivity And Contentment

Using Cloud Computing To Increase Employee Productivity And Contentment

Employee Productivity and Contentment

Every supervisor, manager, or HR officer knows that a content employee is a productive employee. So in this regard many companies implement some form of employee recognition and awarding scheme to facilitate productivity and contentment, and also add some bit of healthy competition –which we know for a fact does not always mean friendly. But rarely is it an effect of the work environment and tools that make the employees content and happy. Well cloud computing is one of those rare things that helps with employee contentment and productivity.

First on our list are Remote Access and collaboration capabilities. These bring a lot of flexibility for the employee, which makes their time, even in the office less boring and monotonous. What I mean is when a person has the option to work anywhere within the premises, we often get somebody who is more productive and happy. Like for example if a person likes to work around nature or with a friend who does not happen to be in the same room, then that person should have the option to do so. And it will not help if he is tethered to a desktop. This can be done through remote access and a bunch of cloud computing applications and collaboration tools. Now imagine if people are allowed to work from anywhere, not just within the office building, they could even work even when on vacation or even when they are sick and cannot come to the office. This extends productivity well beyond the office and will help with employee contentment as well.

Another thing that cloud computing will help solve around the office is the storage media anxiety or the flash drive anxiety. Has it ever happened to you or someone you know who has worked so hard on a report or something, and is already running late to a meeting some ten floors from their office floor then suddenly realize that they forgot the laptop or flash drive containing the report? Well you can bet that a good fifteen minutes will have been wasted running back and forth and seeds frustration thrown around. With cloud storage and backup, this is definitely a problem that we can bury in the past. It will not matter where the meeting will occur or if you forgot to bring your laptop or flash drive, employees will be confident that they will be able to access important files wherever they are. Again, all of these facilitate flexibility and also gives peace of mind which in the end would create less stress and create a general aura of contentment among the employee population.

These are some very basic things you can do with cloud computing, and there are so many possibilities and things you can try to use cloud computing to help employee productivity and help them get the job done easier. All it really takes is vision, some creativity, and the guts to move out of the familiar and do something new.

By Abdul Salam

How Is The Cloud Transforming Employee Learning

How Is The Cloud Transforming Employee Learning

The pace of business change is unrelenting in the era of the cloud computing. As businesses adjust to this new world, the learning & development role is becoming increasingly crucial as the number of employees and their associated demands grow in form and complexity.

Take a moment and think about the ways in which transport was changed by technology. Only a hundred years ago we use to travel with the aid of horses and carts. Nowadays, we can get into any corner of the world in a day or less. Our world is changing so fast that it’s even hard to keep track of it at times, and this shift happens not only to transportation. Workplace learning has been highly transformed by the rapid improvement in technology, and this change is set to continue. From evolving LMS’s (learning management systems) platforms, to on-demand content strategies, businesses are more willing than ever to increase the adoption of alternative learning means. Tools such as e-Learning, m-Learning and other training avenues are becoming more and more preferred over the traditional training classroom.

When the cloud hit the hosting market, everyone was amazed by its capabilities. However, its capacities are helpful not only for server backups and secured file transfers. Below we’ll show you the 6 most important ways in which the cloud is changing workplace training and employee learning:

A self-service environment

Nowadays, learners want to be in charge of their own experiences. As a result, the focus is shifted from prescriptive learning to a model where the learner decides what he wants to learn in his own order. Monolithic courses that are delivered through an LMS fail to meet the requirements of new learners. It would be a lot better to just break the content into small parts instead, and placing them in the cloud where learners can access it at the moment they need them.

An interactive learning experience

The mobile devices which are hastening cloud’s performance more than any other ones are the tablets. Through tablets, anybody can experience a real work/learning environment that’s available regardless of their location, benefiting from an improved content consumption and productivity.

A simple converting of textbooks into PDFs or the ability to access an LMS on a tablet doesn’t meet the requirements of new learners anymore. With tablets, the touch-based gestures are capable not to provide reach user interactions, but also to create contextual awareness, thus enabling users to access key information and data from the cloud at any time. The training content available in the cloud should keep pace with the tablets’ vast capabilities.

Add to that the options of online social and collaborative learning (see more below), and employee learning is more interactive than ever before.

Learning possibilities on any device and platform

Due to the fact that learners now use a multitude of devices and associated operating systems, with no one being able to tell which the primary hub is, learning content should be fit for all forms of devices.

This presses learning organizations to fasten things up and accommodate their content with all platforms on the market. It no longer counts how fast a designer can author a course, what it matters now is how fast that content can be reproduced for all devices available, and even for those which hasn’t hit the market yet.

Social authoring

Employee learning is gaining an increased importance thanks to the mobile and social media use, and with the arrival of cloud-delivered content things are to change forever. Learners will soon be sending a constant feedback stream from the social networks and other apps back to the cloud. The ones which will assimilate this feedback will be the designers, which are to create continuous updates of training content in a timely manner. Given all these, the monolithic course content stored on the cloud will be accessible to learners at any time and from any device. What’s more, designers will focus on creating learning experiences instead of dictating the contents’ consumption. Thus, learners will benefit from a personalized training with powerful support.

Blended learning

The days of initial classroom training sessions representing the entirety of workplace training are over.  What we see increasingly more nowadays is blended learning, that is a framework which combines classroom training with informal education, both inside and outside the office.  Given that training assets are stored in cloud, tablets will gain the ability to become fully-blended learning environments. Learners are already able to download training material from the cloud to their own tablets at any time, giving them the ability to navigate through text, audio, video and many other interactive assets for a more efficient and personalized training experiences.

Enhanced connections

Learners’ requirements have shifted rapidly and dramatically. Having the unprecedented adoption rate of smartphones and tablets in mind, coupled with the mobility, accessibility and performance offered by the cloud, we can assume that we have already entered in a new learning era. From content development to instructional design, the old approaches of training simply cannot suffice any longer.

People are seeking enhanced ways of connecting to one another and learning things on the go, and only cloud is able to offer all these. Businesses and organizations who understand these things and act quickly are the ones who will gain a competitive edge over the others.

By Jason Silberman,

Marketing Director at WalkMe™ and lead author and editor of Training Station, a blog dedicated to news and ideas on training, learning and organizational development.

Cloud Seen As Next Frontier For Jobs And Educational Opportunities

Cloud Seen As Next Frontier For Jobs And Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

For a long time, popular imagination has attached cloud computing to technological and corporate success. cloud-education-jobs features in cloud discussions mainly when talking about asynchronous learning or budget-worthy methods of sharing library databases. Now there is a better chance to make use of the learning systems to tap into the fourteen million employment opportunities that the cloud will deliver in three years’ time. Many of these opportunities will come from leading software and hardware giants. Each will seek qualified personnel, and thus the emergence of learning as a potential source.

As such, job and employment creation will demand two approaches:

Modernizing Collaborative technology

To give a rough example, Office 365 has had a profound effect in the way collaboration across the student and teacher base has occurred. This is because it helps to leverage learning the modern way. Such technologies bring resources closer to the desktop so that learners can enter into the employment sector with computing skills that matter to the contemporary world. The above system and others like IBM’s help to slash on expenditure. Firstly, educational institutions do not have to buy equipment or install software where one cloud package can render the same effect. Secondly, the technology creates a relaxed learning experience where library resources are available within a click and lecturers can concentrate more on productive lines rather than staying on a topic that students can research together.

A Treasure-trove of Jobs

Analysts have indeed indicated that the job base in cloud circles in and outside the educational sector is expanding. It is no odd thing to know that cloud has become a big surprise to many corporations who are now considering it a management risk if they do not fill up positions fast. They have been caught off guard. Instead of Information Technology specialists they now need CIOs, vending personnel, infrastructure builders and policy guides in orchestration matters. The secret to all these jobs is that they need educated minds who understand the practical rather than the hyped side of the cloud. Talking about hype, the vapor that has hung for several years around the cloud is now gone. There are even IBM programs that are offering degrees on cloud computing and related subjects. If graduates will not get an opportunity directly after or while they are still schooling, it will be a fallacy. This is because some chances require very particular skills that only a program covering the given area can help meet. Thus, one needs to keep the head off the clouds for now and look down-to-earth. There are now degree courses that make a cloud specialist out of the typical IT expert. There are also numerous employment chances that by 2015 will reach fourteen million in and out of the education sector. It goes without saying that these slots will need competent individuals with certificates to prove to the boss that they passed through the right academic channels and gained experience along the way. Through the use of existing programs for collaborations and new open source formats, cloud is poised to create more opportunities.

By John Omwamba

Start-Ups and The Cloud: A Match Made In Heaven

Start-Ups and The Cloud: A Match Made In Heaven

Start-Ups and The Cloud: A Match Made in Heaven

Start-Ups

Low on cash, always busy and prone to wonder, first-time entrepreneurs who rely on technology are fighting an uphill battle. Along with the sales, recruiting and administrative responsibilities entrepreneurs shoulder, these human swiss-army knives must also arrange an efficient IT structure. Entrepreneurs in years past had to use the bulk of their start-up capital to buy servers and hire IT professionals, leaving little money left to grow the rest of the business.

An new era in technology has removed a large part of the IT hardware and hiring burden from these eager entrepreneurs. Cloud computing saves business owners from spending capital on expensive hardware and IT staff. It also enables information access from anywhere. Business should use small business credit cards for things that will promote growth. Cloud computing frees up money for new business. For start-ups trying to establish a stable business, cloud computing is a game-changing development.

Save Time, Money and Space

Technology-dependent businesses can’t start turning a profit without the proper infrastructure in place. That used to meaning renting an office, buying servers and hiring a team to build an infrastructure. By hosting information on the cloud, start-ups avoid these costly, time-consuming chores. Instead, entrepreneurs rely on contracted experts to store and maintain their information. The benefits are three-fold. First, start-ups don’t have to rent as much space. Realistically, these small businesses can operate without an office all-together. Next, businesses don’t have to buy and maintain their own servers. Businesses can use the money they save to reach out to consumers. Finally, cloud computing saves entrepreneurs time (and a few gray hairs).

Hire to Promote Growth

Initial start-up costs are one thing, but internal technology demands a team of expensive experts that can maintain the hardware and software. That means salaries. Starts-ups are particularly reluctant to spend money on anything that won’t grow the business. Start-ups can keep the money they save on an IT staff and offer jobs to sales people and front-end representatives. Cloud computing providers will handle the maintenance, security and function of business information.. Put simply: cloud computing increases the chances that a start-up with survive its infant stage.

Small Business is Mobile

Cloud computing doesn’t just save money, it also has functions that cater to common start-up circumstances. In the past, business owners and employees had to access data at the office, where the hard drive is connected. Cloud computing moves data to the web, meaning employees can access information anywhere they have an Internet connection. With cloud computing, start-ups can take advantage of their sleek size to conduct business anywhere. Perform an analysis during a meeting with a potential client or show an interested consumer the behind-the-scenes technology that makes your business run at a coffee shop. The cloud follows businesses wherever they go.

Katie Fields

Katie is a project manager who blogs on time management and how to improve efficiency.

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