Nur­tur­ing spe­cial­ists in cloud com­put­ing

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CLOUD com­put­ing has be­come the cur­rent catch­phrase and is not only a trend. Stated in the New Straits Times (NST) in June 2018, Malaysia is ranked 14th in pre­pared­ness to adopt cloud com­put­ing ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to the 2018 BSA Global Com­put­ing Score­card.

Tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing the world eco­nom­i­cally, push­ing bound­aries and dis­rupt­ing the con­ven­tional way we con­duct busi­nesses and ul­ti­mately im­pact­ing the so­cial dy­nam­ics of so­ci­ety.

The ben­e­fits and po­ten­tial of cloud com­put­ing are tremen­dous. With the ex­po­nen­tial ad­vances of tech­nol­ogy, business agility is vi­tal to stay ahead. No doubt, the na­ture of jobs we see to­day, may al­ter dra­mat­i­cally.

“Job tasks will change and new kinds of jobs may be cre­ated. As In­ter­net pen­e­tra­tion in­creases with mo­bile ac­cess, there will be fur­ther ex­pec­ta­tions for speed and se­cu­rity of con­nec­tiv­ity at a rea­son­able fee.

“As of now, cloud com­put­ing seems to be a cost-ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient plat­form. There will be an up­ward tra­jec­tory de­mand for cloud-based skills spe­cial­ist,” said Dr Ab­bas Me­hdizadeh, As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor from the School of Com­put­ing.

Aca­demic jour­ney

The Bach­e­lor of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (Hons) in In­ter­net En­gi­neer­ing and Cloud Com­put­ing (BIECC) of­fered at Ni­lai Univer­sity equips stu­dents with the knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary to plan, de­sign, im­ple­ment, man­age and main­tain com­puter net­work­ing of cloud and In­ter­net as well as their se­cu­rity.

“In the first year, we will in­tro­duce stu­dents to the con­cepts of In­ter­net en­gi­neer­ing and cloud com­put­ing. They should fully grasp these con­cepts. It will help them in the plan­ning and de­sign stage later in the BIECC pro­gramme,” ex­plained Har­lina Harun, the Head of the School of Com­put­ing.

“Stu­dents will work on ac­tual cloud projects. This BIECC pro­gramme is unique. We fo­cus on adopt­ing var­i­ous tech­nolo­gies in a cloud en­vi­ron­ment sup­port­ing cloud-based so­lu­tions,” added Dr Ab­bas.

Ca­reer prospects

Wil­liam Chu Zi Ming, a re­cent grad­u­ate of BIECC, was ec­static when he nailed a per­ma­nent po­si­tion as a net­work en­gi­neer with a com­pany pro­vid­ing ex­ten­sive IT so­lu­tions.

“After com­plet­ing my Diploma in Com­puter Sci­ence at Ni­lai Univer­sity, I started to re­search about cloud com­put­ing. After com­pre­hen­sive re­search on this area, I was con­vinced that cloud com­put­ing will be pop­u­lar in Malaysia,” said Chu.

“I am thrilled to re­ceive a job of­fer be­fore the end of my in­tern­ship. I think the knowl­edge gained in the soft­ware project man­age­ment course gave me a head start in per­form­ing my job well,” he added.

“Most likely, grad­u­ates of BIECC will be em­ployed as IT or Cloud En­gi­neers or con­sul­tants.

“Other op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able in the fields of net­work­ing soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing, data­base man­age­ment, sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing and data cen­tre op­er­a­tions.

“A grad­u­ate can ex­pect a long list of ca­reer pos­si­bil­i­ties as net­work en­gi­neer, cloud de­signer, soft­ware en­gi­neer, prod­uct man­ager, so­lu­tions con­sul­tant, test en­gi­neer, plat­form de­vel­oper, ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­oper and server de­vel­oper in Soft­ware as a Ser­vice (SAAS), In­fra­struc­ture as a Ser­vice (IAAS) and Plat­form as a Ser­vice (PAAS) com­pa­nies,” said Dr Ab­bas.

The ed­u­ca­tion coun­sel­lors at Ni­lai Univer­sity will guide and ad­vise you on your re­quire­ments for this pro­gramme. Also, Ni­lai Univer­sity of­fers up to 100% schol­ar­ship to stu­dents. Ni­lai Univer­sity is open daily ex­cept on pub­lic hol­i­days.

Chu who re­ceived a job of­fer be­fore his in­tern­ship ended, said that the knowl­edge he gained in the soft­ware project man­age­ment course gave him a head start in per­form­ing his job well.

dr ab­bas: ‘There will be an up­ward tra­jec­tory de­mand for cloud-based skills spe­cial­ist.’

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