Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Cloud: A Vast, Growing Employment Opportunity

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If you are an IT Professional, CIO, CTO or a very tech-savvy Project Manager, cloud providers are hiring, and they are doing it with a vengeance. If you are not an expert at Cloud Computing, there is no time like the present to become familiar with the Cloud Crowd and its goings-on, as well as to become more conversant in "CloudSpeak" [a clever Lingovation, which just popped into my mind, as well as some other things which I can't discuss in this forum :-( ] with its idioms and acronyms.

Firstly, let's get into the spirit with a Wikipedia definition and basic nomenclature of Cloud Computing:

"Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). The name comes from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it contains in system diagrams. Cloud computing entrusts remote services with a user's data, software and computation.
There are many types of public cloud computing:[1]
The business model, IT as a service (ITaaS), is used by in-house, enterprise IT organizations that offer any or all of the above services.

Using software as a service, users also rent application software and databases. The cloud providers manage the infrastructure and platforms on which the applications run.

End users access cloud-based applications through a web browser or a light-weight desktop or mobile app while the business software and user's data are stored on servers at a remote location. Proponents claim that cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand.[2][3]
Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale similar to a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network.[4] At the foundation of cloud computing is the broader concept of converged infrastructure and shared services."

The following is a list of informational and career-related resource links which might be helpful:

What Cloud Computing Really Means

How Cloud Computing Really Works

The Top 10 Cloud Computing Providers Of 2012

Employers Demand Cloud Computing Skills

Cloud Computing Professional Certifications And Opportunities

Please Click On The Image Above To See An Enlarged, Engorged Version Of It. Really.

And Following is a wonderfully optimistic (and informative) article regarding employment opportunities in the Cloud from InfoWorld:

Looking for a great job in IT? The cloud is hiring

The bottom line is that the cloud computing sector is the fastest-growing sector in the IT market at present, and the best credentials to have are strong IT experience, an eagerness to learn and to innovate, and conspicuous intelligence. You can boost your "conspicuous intelligence" by becoming more extroverted, more articulate (get out the dictionary and the thesaurus!) and more engageable in the back and forth of brainstorming conversations.

Douglas E. Castle for The Business And Project Planning And Management Blog

 p.s. I would strongly advise you to start circulating your commentary and your credentials on LinkedIn (my favorite) and other business-related social media. Conversations lead to connections which, in turn, lead to opportunities. Ironically, you've got to get your head out of the clouds to get into the cloud.

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