Imagine this: an IT organization of the year 2020 — and brace yourself, because it’s a far cry from the department you find yourself in today.

Cloud is becoming an essential ingredient to a successful IT infrastructure. Recent research by IDC has identified how the growth of cloud as a computing platform has magnified the importance of cloud skills to the success of the enterprise.

However, the accelerating adoption of cloud services has resulted in a skills gap for IT workers who are properly trained and certified to use the latest cloud environments.

In a rapidly evolving cloud environment, it is becoming crucial to have technical experts who are knowledgeable about cloud systems and infrastructure. They can quickly learn and deploy new technologies to support customer driven digital transformation, says Amazon Web Services’ managing director, A/NZ, Paul Migliorini.


Cloud skills are accelerating careers of IT professionals

Accelerate your organization’s adoption of cloud technologies while accelerating your own IT career. With the growth of cloud as a computing platform, those who have certifications and formal cloud development training in cloud trends, will not only enhance their careers, but are positioned to have dramatically more influence over their organization’s adoption and expansion of cloud services.

Moreover, it is becoming clear that IT professionals with cloud skills are strongly influencing both the type of cloud infrastructure and the ultimate pace of adoption of cloud. This puts IT professionals with cloud skills in the driver’s seat of their own career. In fact, IT professionals with certifications related to cloud development and operations have dramatically more influence over their organizations’ adoption and expansion of cloud services than otherwise similar IT professionals have over the adoption of other types of technical solutions. Cloud skills accelerate the success and career path of IT professionals.

Organisations are looking for skills in many domains ranging from cloud migration skills to capabilities in areas such as DevOps. We are also seeing an increased demand in specialist areas like IoT, machine learning/artificial intelligence, analytics and databases

What do we need to do now?

Cloud skills are still being built and you need to start with cloud computing as soon as possible? Depending on an organisation’s size, the most cost-effective solution could be to find a reliable partner with good references in cloud implementation. If change management is suggested, do not take that advice lightly: 70% of digital transformation fail due to poor or nonexistant change management.

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