What does it take to build a career in the cloud ? The idea is to prove invaluable to the growing number of companies where cloud computing is becoming the standard mode of operations. These companies need genuine expertise to get the best business results from their strategic investments in cloud technology.

A successful career in the cloud requires not only a technical background, but also a combination of varied , as noted in a recent TechTarget report . To be a complete professional you need to look at key technology-oriented aspects, including different technologies and platforms, integration, training and certifications.

1. Technologies and platforms

IT professionals don't need to ditch their previous experience to prepare for a career in the cloud, but they will need to add some new skills to their resume. It is possible that this professional will find it difficult to stand out in the market without developing knowledge in at least one of the cloud giants, such as Amazon.

Do you need to focus on a single vendor or build a cross-platform ? The latter approach will make the trader more versatile, although picking a platform to start with is n't a bad idea. 's popularity and explosive growth make it a sensible first choice . There has been a corresponding increase in jobs from these companies and this trend may be reinforced by the ongoing price war, which spurs many organizations to consider a multi-cloud approach.

2. Integration of multi-cloud environments

“Cloud” means different things to different audiences. The term is often used as a synonym for everything that can be stored in the cloud, from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) applications. But this terminological confusion reflects a real trend: organizations will increasingly have to manage a mix of cloud services and providers, as well as different of cloud (public , private, and hybrid ) . Part of cloud professional 's is to help efficiently manage multi-cloud environments.

The integration of data between applications – often acquired from different vendors and platforms or residing in different data centers – is vital for a business running in the cloud. It gets even more complicated when a company wants its cloud systems to communicate with its legacy systems. Before starting to test various integration tools, a key principle for future cloud architects is to verify that the acquired cloud platform can integrate with the company's existing systems. Integrating systems after they've already been purchased is like building a house and wanting to add the wiring and plumbing after you've finished finishing and painting.

3. Training and certifications

Vendor certifications have long been an essential part of IT professionals . Now cloud computing has jumped on the certification train Vendors such as Amazon offer various training and accreditation programs, and the US  CompTIA offers Cloud+ certification .

Aspiring professionals should remember that certifications alone will guarantee professional success. Indeed, for Mark Broderick, director of IT applications at Eliassen Group , when it comes to helping an organization develop the right cloud strategy, traditional training and accumulating certifications are not always the guarantee for a successful outcome. .

But that's not to say certifications aren't useful. They advertise specific and interesting skills to employers. It makes a lot of sense to treat certifications as a complementary part of a cloud career . Cloud experts who have a consistent drive to learn and keep up with the rapidly changing industry tend to do better, and therefore make more money.

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