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Cloud Academy Launches Skill Profiles, Delivering a Data-Driven Approach to Close the Tech Skills Gap

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Cloud Academy, the leading enterprise cloud training platform, today announced the general availability of a new platform capability designed to measure and visualize cloud skills at scale: Skill Profiles. In an industry first, Skill Profiles enable senior leadership and corporate learning departments to take a quantified, data-driven approach to identifying skill gaps, measuring the effectiveness of training, and aligning employees and teams to upcoming innovation projects. 

The cloud and technical skills gap continues to be a challenge for many organizations today. According to recent reports, half of companies believe that the talent shortage reduces their competitiveness, while 70 percent have no idea how to address the challenge. In total, missing cloud skills cost organizations $258,188,279 annually, slowing down productivity and innovation.

9 Cloud Skills IT Pros Need Now

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Andrew Froelich.

The rise of cloud computing has been a game-changer for not only businesses, but also IT pros looking to stay relevant. Here are 9 must-have skills in different aspects of cloud technologies needed to compete. Cloud computing is a huge part of IT, and its growth shows no sign of slowing down.

As an IT professional, it makes sense to start looking into obtaining skills in different aspects of cloud technologies to further your career. Here, we've identified 9 of those skills. Keep in mind, we're not suggesting that all IT pros are going to be working for a service provider one day. In reality, most will end up on the customer end of the cloud relationship...

Why hyperconverged systems could be the cure to the cloud and skills gap headache

Grazed from CBR. Author: James Nunns.

Technology choices in the financial services sector have become increasingly important in the past decade as a desire to stay ahead of competition, both established and new market disruptors, and the requirement to stay in line with increasingly proactive regulators, have made technology a key differentiator.

To some extent financial services has struggled in matching technology advancements to the pace of change being forced upon them, particularly so when technologies such as cloud computing appear to be a near no go area. London Capital Group, a company that specialises in online trading services, was faced with a changing market, a desire for new technologies to take them forward and a tech stack that was either at end of life, full, or coming out of warranty...

Cloud Computing: Five Core Skills Every IT Professional Should Have

Grazed from GoCertify. Author: Tim Warner.

Information technology has never moved faster. With the widespread adoption of virtualization, cloud computing, and the DevOps methodology, it's far too easy to let technical skills get old. If that happens, then you're on your way to making yourself obsolete in today's job market.

Today I'll share with you five core skills that I feel any IT professional needs to have in his or her proverbial toolbelt. I’m using the term "IT professional” to embrace anyone whose full-time job role exists within the realm of information technology. Here are some representative titles:...

Growing Demand for Cloud Professional Services

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: David Deans.

The early-adopters of cloud services already know what they want to achieve from each new deployment, and are somewhat confident that they’re able to plan, implement and manage their own projects. In contrast, the typical CIO or IT manager in the majority of enterprises still need the help and wisdom of experienced practitioners — people who have been there, done that.

That’s why business decision makers are seeking cloud professional services guidance at twice the rate of private and public cloud vendors, according to the latest worldwide market study by Technology Business Research (TBR). Today, these consulting engagements are a pivotal point of the mainstream buyer’s journey, as more executives make the decision to migrate to a cloud services model and consultants provide advice and education to prospective cloud customers...

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Building Cloud Computing Skills

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Bill Kleyman.

The growth of cloud computing and truly distributed IT environments has created a demand for a new type of IT professional. Today's IT pro must be well-versed in new and emerging technologies, but also have skills in a range of core areas such as storage. So what do you need to do to acquire cloud computing skills and advance your cloud career? Here are some tips.

Learn the language of cloud

APIs, SaaS, the Internet of Things (IoT), software-defined platforms, and much more make up the cloud dictionary. It really feels like acronyms are popping up everywhere. You have to keep an eye and ear out for new and emerging technologies. And because everything is so integrated in the cloud, you also need to understand how all of these technologies interact...

Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Rachel Wilcox.

As IT recruiters collectively bemoan the dearth of cloud professionals, the doom-and-gloom predictions that cloud services would result in the death of the IT department now seem nothing short of laughable. The most recent research from industry body the Cloud Industry Forum suggests that cloud computing has achieved mainstream deployment in the UK, with 78 per cent of organisations adopting at least one cloud-based service.

Conducted in June 2014, the survey of 250 senior IT and business decision makers indicates 15 per cent growth since September 2013 and 62 per cent growth since 2010. Large private enterprises show the highest rates of adoption at just over 80 per cent. But as cloud comes of age and organisations scramble over one another to tie their colours to its mast, the excitement over the flexibility of cloud services is being tempered by concerns over the security of cloud data storage...

Your future cloud computing skills: AWS + Google + Azure + ecosystem

Grazed from CloudAcademy.  Author: Editorial Staff.

2014 will be the year of cloud computing.  During the last year we heard about cloud in different situations, often referring a change in how companies and people access and store data. From what I see this change is almost completed.

If I look at the number of services that I use on a daily basis, more than 80% of them are storing and computing data in a cloud computing infrastructure. I cannot even say what is the last time that I used a licensed-software on my PC/Mac. Everything runs on a browser: invoices, payrolls, bank, docs, files.  We have already switched to a Cloud model for all of our data and daily operations...

10 hot cloud computing skills

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Mary Pratt.

Joe Roberts has had his pick of jobs. And with his experience in cloud computing, he still does. Roberts had several job offers when he moved in November from his former position as a senior IT lead/systems engineer working on a SaaS product to his current job as a senior DevOps engineer at Bit9 in Waltham, Mass.

And Roberts, who has seven years of cloud experience on his resume, is still in demand: He says he averages about 20 inquiries from recruiters each week. "I'm constantly getting calls from people looking for someone who not only understands IT, but engineering practices, agile methodology, who can work with operating systems, security, networks, and can automate all of those things," he says, noting that colleagues with similar cloud experience report the same high interest from employers...

Desperately Needed: More Cloud Training, More Cloud Skills

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Okay, just about everyone is convinced at this point — cloud computing is a good thing that can provide tremendous business value, if applied properly and smartly. The question is, who is going to make this all happen? Organizations are relying on information technology managers and professionals, to a large extent, of course. However, many IT people say they aren’t receiving enough training or support to move their organizations into this new computing realm.

That’s the takeaway of a recent survey of 1,000 IT professionals, conducted by ScienceLogic. The survey finds 50 percent of organizations will spend more on IT in 2014, investing heavily in virtualization and cloud infrastructure. At the same time, half of the respondents participating in cloud initiatives within their organizations say they need more education on the technology — their current skillsets do not adequately prepare them to do their jobs well in the coming year...