Changing the IT skills to be ready for the Cloud

CIO Magazine has published an article explaining how IT Managers should retool its skills in order to achieve all the new technological challenges. The document shows a tipical situation: For many IT professionals the move to developing applications and managing infrastructure based in the cloud feels anything but natural. Indeed, it seems downright intimidating, especially in light of all the talk about the possibility of cloud computing eliminating IT jobs.

We are going to share with you the article and their recommendations:

  • Get Your Head in the Cloud: The first step in retooling your skillset for the cloud is to understand the basics: That is, the concept of cloud computing, the different deployment models (public, private and hybrid) and use cases for them, and how the model differs from traditional IT operations.
  • Select Areas of Specialization and Certifications: IT professionals who understand the concept of cloud computing, its different deployment models and use cases will be able to speak confidently about how their organizations might take advantage of the cloud and the benefits they might derive from it. Talking about cloud computing inside their IT organizations will distinguish them as knowledgeable and can help get them moved onto cloud computing projects.
  • Cloud Computing’s Impact on Specific IT Jobs: Cloud computing will change some traditional IT jobs more than others.
  • Application Developers: The consensus among cloud computing professionals is that the cloud won’t fundamentally change the job of the application developer. Developers will need to learn new skills, of course.
  • Systems Administrators: Cloud computing will change the role of the systems administrator somewhat significantly because it automates the portion of the job devoted to configuring systems. It will make the system administrator’s job less about knowing how to run a server, for example, and more about knowing how to run an automated environment that runs the server.
  • Architects: Organizations migrating their applications and infrastructure to the cloud will need cloud architects to help set and drive that strategy. Cloud architects will bring together their knowledge of cloud computing, enterprise architecture, storage, networking and virtualization to develop and execute the cloud strategy.
  • Capacity Planners: Capacity planners’ role becomes much more important —and more difficult —in a cloud environment. They’re trying to predict an organization’s need for IT resources, such as bandwidth or server capacity, so that users have the computing power they need when they need it.
  • Vendor Managers: Cloud computing changes the vendor managers’ role in two significant ways: First, the vendors with which they’ll be working will change. Second, contracts and payment schemes will be different.


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