What the Cloud Can Do for Your Career

Susan Hall
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Cloud Computing Starts to Mature

The emphasis in the cloud is shifting from public to private cloud computing deployments.

In the past three months, more than 10,000 job ads were posted online that included requirements for cloud computing skills, an increase of 61 percent over the same period last year, according to talent-market BI vendor Wanted Analytics.


The more than 2,400 companies were seeking computer specialists and programmers, though cloud-based software also is making an impact on many other roles in business, including marketing managers, sales managers, customer service representatives, and cargo and freight agents.


San Francisco was the hottest market for cloud skills, with 1,000 postings - a 95 percent increase, according to the press release - followed by Seattle, San Jose, Washington, D.C. and New York.


Though there's been much debate about exactly <strong>what cloud skills are</strong>, HCL's Sadagopan Singam, in a guest post for IT Business Edge writes:

The change in role of IT management staff will entail a fundamental shift from managing assets to supporting platforms, solutions and business processes and will include the need to more proactively manage relationships with SaaS and other cloud solution providers. System integrators will increasingly be the key partners for CIOs in enabling migration of new and existing workloads and making cloud and on-premise solutions work together more effectively. This will enable the CIO to minimize capital expenditures, reduce the operational spend on infrastructure and reinvest the savings on new solutions.

And in a Forbes piece on how cloud computing is changing IT job descriptions, Joe McKendrick points to a study from CA Technologies in which a majority of CIOs see cloud computing furthering their ambitions to advance to even higher management roles. Yet he acknowledges that for many IT shops, the skills just aren't there yet. He writes:

As a result of the shift to cloud, there is growing demand for professionals and managers that are more focused on business development than they are in application development. There will be greater opportunities for enterprise architects, and some offshoots will include cloud architects, cloud capacity planners, cloud service managers and business solutions consultants. Jobs being created may not always bear the term "cloud" in their titles, but cloud will form the core of their job descriptions.

He goes on to outline how the cloud will affect various roles, including software developers, systems engineers and others. The real trick will be in developing that talent to make IT fundamental to business growth - the "Reincarnate CIO" role that HCL has been talking about that uses technology to find new lines of business. In the CA study, 54 percent of CIOs said they believe that cloud computing has allowed them to spend more time on business strategy and innovation. Yet the study finds:

... the idea still lingers that the CIO is an enabler rather than a driver, someone who gets things done for others rather than shaping the ethos of the company and steering it forward.

McKendrick sees the cloud's ability to help IT drive innovation just the ticket for CIOs to make it to the corner office.

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