De­mand surges for cloud spe­cial­ists in Mid­dle East

Mi­crosoft en­ables pro­fes­sion­als to broaden their hori­zons

Khaleej Times - - M ADVANTAGE -

Mi­crosoft has called for IT pro­fes­sion­als across the UAE and the wider Mid­dle East to pre­pare them­selves for a cloud fu­ture.

“Mi­crosoft’s cloud train­ings al­low IT pro­fes­sion­als to broaden their hori­zons by gain­ing prac­ti­cal, in­stantly ap­pli­ca­ble cloud skills,” said Ne­cip Ozyu­cel, cloud and en­ter­prise busi­ness so­lu­tions lead, Mi­crosoft Gulf. “Whether beginner or ex­pert, we have the course to help them level up in their cloud ca­reer.”

A re­cent world­wide sur­vey con­ducted by Mi­crosoft showed a marked in­crease in the salaries of cloud pro­fes­sion­als, as com­pa­nies re­cruit for their dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion jour­neys. The sur­vey also noted that 37 per cent of re­spon­dents in the Mid­dle East and Africa re­gion cited a skills gap as the main bar­rier to cloud adop­tion.

“In the GCC, gov­ern­ments have ini­ti­ated bold eco­nomic devel­op­ment vi­sions cen­tred on tech­nol­ogy,” said Ozyu­cel. “Much of the ac­tiv­ity in the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors around these pro­grammes — es­pe­cially given the emerg­ing con­straints of the petro­chem­i­cal price dip — is about do­ing more with less. In the con­text of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, that means cloud, so the surge in de­mand for cloud spe­cial­ists is to be ex­pected.”

An IDC fore­cast from 2015 projects that by 2020, more than one in three IT po­si­tions world­wide will be cloud-re­lated and that the cloud readi­ness of pro­fes­sion­als will start to have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on op­er­a­tions. The re­port also sug­gested IT em­ploy­ment world­wide will grow by around four per cent ev­ery year up to 2020, and that all growth will oc­cur in cloud-re­lated po­si­tions.

“Ac­quir­ing cloud skills has be­come a crit­i­cal com­po­nent in or­gan­i­sa­tional suc­cess. Our cer­ti­fi­ca­tions will en­able IT ex­perts to reimag­ine their firm’s IT in­fra­struc­ture, pre­par­ing them for a com­pet­i­tive dig­i­tal fu­ture”, added Ozyu­cel.

An IDC white pa­per spon­sored by Mi­crosoft shows global de­mand for “cloud-ready” IT work­ers will grow by 26 per cent an­nu­ally through 2015 and on­wards, with as many as seven mil­lion cloudrelat­ed jobs avail­able world­wide. Ac­cord­ing to the study, IT hir­ing man­agers re­port that the big­gest rea­son they failed to fill 1.7 mil­lion open cloud-re­lated po­si­tions in 2012 was be­cause job seek­ers lacked the train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion needed to work in a clouden­abled world.

“Train­ing is one of the best in­vest­ments you can make in your ca­reer,” said Ozyu­cel. “Azure cer­ti­fi­ca­tions can be the first step in your jour­ney to­wards cloud ex­per­tise. Then you will be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to add value to your em­ployer’s busi­ness or to help your cus­tomers with their own jour­neys to dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.”

— busi­[email protected]­j­times.com

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