A Ca­reer in the Cloud

With cloud com­put­ing promis­ing to trans­form In­dia’s busi­ness land­scape, it’s time to give your ca­reer a head start in this faste­volv­ing do­main.

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Re­fash­ion­ing their con­ven­tional busi­ness mod­els, en­ter­prises both big and small, are in­creas­ingly em­brac­ing cloud-based so­lu­tions to ac­cel­er­ate their busi­ness’ growth, cost-ef­fec­tively. No won­der, the faste­volv­ing do­main of cloud com­put­ing is open­ing up new vis­tas in the em­ploy­ment mar­ket. If a study by Mi­crosoft is any­thing to go by, cloud com­put­ing will cre­ate some 1Q mil­lion new jobs across the globe by 2015, and In­dia alone will gen­er­ate over 2 mil­lion. As the trend of cloud com­put­ing sweeps across In­dia, build­ing a ca­reer in this area can be a good de­ci­sion.

Why cloud com­put­ing is hot in In­dia

“Cloud com­put­ing is all set to rev­o­lu­tionise the In­dian IT job mar­ket. The need for new tal­ent to help these com­pa­nies take on cloud tech­nol­ogy will grow, thus push­ing the de­mand for cloud ex­perts in the next two years. Peo­ple are grad­u­ally wak­ing up to its po­ten­tial and get­ting them­selves en­rolled in train­ing in­sti­tutes for a course in cloud com­put­ing. The cur­ricu­lum in cloud com­put­ing gen­er­ally deals with the ba­sics, cloud com­put­ing mech­a­nisms, cloud se­cu­rity threats and ways to com­bat it, and more,” quips Ni­raj Agrawal, di­rec­tor, Mind­scripts Tech­nolo­gies Train­ing po­lu­tions, Pune.

Of emerg­ing roles and the re­quired skillsets

Cloud com­put­ing is not only chang­ing the busi­ness dy­nam­ics of the globe, but also al­ter­ing the na­ture of jobs. In the process, new roles in the cloud do­main are slowly mak­ing their pres­ence felt, says Venkat Ra­ma­vath, di­rec­tor, aata Point In­fotech, Ben­galuru. “In­ter­est­ing roles like that of a cloud ar­chi­tect, cloud se­cu­rity spe­cial­ist, cloud de­vel­oper, etc, are emerg­ing in this ter­rain. A cloud ar­chi­tect will work in sync with the re­quire­ments of the client, de­liv­er­ing and manag­ing the cloud in­fra­struc­ture for them. A cloud se­cu­rity spe­cial­ist will need to un­der­stand the se­cu­rity mod­els and en­sure the safety of the busi­ness’ data in the cloud. A cloud de­vel­oper de­signs ap­pli­ca­tions and de­ploys them on var­i­ous plat­forms,” says Ra­ma­vath. The emerg­ing roles in cloud com­put­ing also call for re­de­fined skillsets, says hu­nal hu­mar, cloud com­put­ing spe­cial­ist and Vmware-cer­ti­fied pro­fes­sional. “The need for a strong foun­da­tion in pro­gram­ming lan­guages, like Java.net, C++, etc, and a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion re­mains the same. But IT pro­fes­sion­als must now up­grade their skills to also fo­cus on busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and con­sumer-ori­ented re­quire­ments, as this will help the com­pa­nies im­prove their cash flows,” elab­o­rates hu­nal.

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