The State of Cloud Computing Adoption
End users and IT services companies are closely aligned on what they hope to get from the cloud.
I've written before that more companies seem to be thinking about cloud computing than actually implementing it. In an interview this week, Jack Cullen, president of Modis, one of the nation's largest IT staffing agencies, told me that the anticipated demand for cloud talent hasn't materialized so far.
IT pros, always scrambling to keep their skills up to date, along with the rest of us, want to know exactly what cloud skills are. Though CompTIA is still working on a certification of cloud skills (it didn't meet the April date mentioned in that post), volunteering will be a good way to gain experience when companies do finally implement a cloud strategy.
For now, most of the cloud computing jobs tend to be with service providers. I've written about how Microsoft and others define cloud skills and about the role of integration and the emerging role of cloud architect.
These are the ones to watch-at least in 2011. You've heard of some-such as Amazon or Dell. Others-such as Nicira or Boundary-are probably not yet on your radar. But they should be. All of these companies, big or small, have people, technology or strategies that will help shape the way the cloud market is developing and where it will eventually end up.
You can find job postings by searching by company on LinkedIn (it's easier than going to each company site). Not all are hiring, but many of them are, and you can read articles about them there and learn about those who already work there.