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6 Steps to becoming a Cloud Expert!

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While exploring for career opportunities in cloud computing, I happened to read this blog written by Jonathan, detailing about the important steps you need to take in order to develop your cloud knowledge and transform yourself into a highly valued cloud computing expert.
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As cloud computing was most talked about term in over the past 5 years and organizations are moving their solutions towards cloud-based environments, there is a huge demand for cloud computing professionals in the job market.

Jonathan says that "A career in cloud computing is highly rewarding, as it offers an exciting new method of planning, developing, testing and implementing IT projects, quicker and more convenient ways to provision compute resources and a switch from traditional IT financial accounting to a new operational expenditure (OPEX) model."

But there is a big difference in being attracted to cloud computing vs landing your first job. So, in this post, we cover the most important steps you need to take in order to develop your cloud knowledge and transform yourself into a highly valued cloud computing expert.

Cloud Computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. Cloud computing services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

According to Jonathan, "the cloud offers a wide range of excellent career opportunities. These include cloud software engineer, cloud software application engineer, cloud architect, cloud consultant, and cloud security expert." You can find more details about the roles and the role progression by creating your IT career paths on MyTechlogy.

But, as said, you don’t necessarily have to be a technical wizard to build a career around the cloud. You may come across many vendors offering cloud services, but the largest players in the market include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
1. Master the Concepts of Cloud Computing
The first step towards becoming an expert in cloud computing is always to learn the key concepts of the cloud. Secondly understand the another concept that’s central to the cloud is DevOps. DevOps brings the roles of development and operations closer together, largely through agile methodologies and automation tools. To properly understand DevOps, you’ll need to get to grips with other important aspects to the cloud, such as virtualization, containers, continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD).
2. Get Practical Experience
Practical experience helps you a lot in getting the concepts clear. And getting a first-hand experience of working in the cloud is easier than you might expect, as all the leading cloud vendors let you try their platforms for free.
3. Learn New Technologies
Prospective cloud architects, engineers, developers and operators will all need to master cloud-based technologies. But it’s very important to have technology awareness for many other cloud roles. You may also need to learn Linux, as this is the most dominant operating system in the cloud.
4. Gain Industry Recognized Certification
Industry recognized certification acts a trust signal and shows potential employers that your cloud skills are up to standard. There are two main vendors, AWS and Azure, each offer comprehensive training courses and assessments to help you consolidate your hand-on experience. Both vendors provide certification for solutions architects, solutions developers and systems administrators. AWS also offers certification for DevOps engineers.
5. Get Wise to Cloud Optimization
As developers and operators can spin up new server instances in a matter of minutes, organizations can have thousands of virtual servers running at any one time and costs can escalate without proper transparency and control over a complex enterprise cloud environment.
6. It is better to consult an expert
As discussed above, professionals often have the questions when it comes to choosing career paths (staying technical or non-technical) in Cloud computing. Since your career is at stake, experimenting with it could cost you years of hard work and may defocus you from your career goals also. In such situations, you should always consult an expert who had hand-on experience on the cloud and can guide you on your career aspirations.

How to find Career Coaches in Cloud Computing?
MyTechlogy, an analytics driven IT career development platform, helps IT professionals to connect with IT experts, mentors and career coaches globally.

You’re closer than You Think
A career in the cloud computing industry typically requires a much wider range of skills—not just those specific to the cloud. If you’re still working in traditional IT, you can put that knowledge and experience to good use in cloud migration projects that require understanding of legacy technologies.

Some people will pick up the cloud incredibly quickly. Others will need more time. Much will depend on your own individual background and experience. But the most important thing is to stay committed and learn at a pace that suits you. Because one thing is for certain—demand for cloud computing experts will just keep on growing.












While exploring for career opportunities in cloud computing, I happened to read this blog written by Jonathan, detailing about the important steps you need to take in order to develop your cloud knowledge and transform yourself into a highly valued cloud computing expert.

6 Steps to becoming a Cloud Expert! - Image 1

As cloud computing was most talked about term in over the past 5 years and organizations are moving their solutions towards cloud-based environments, there is a huge demand for cloud computing professionals in the job market.

Jonathan says that "A career in cloud computing is highly rewarding, as it offers an exciting new method of planning, developing, testing and implementing IT projects, quicker and more convenient ways to provision compute resources and a switch from traditional IT financial accounting to a new operational expenditure (OPEX) model."

But there is a big difference in being attracted to cloud computing vs landing your first job. So, in this post, we cover the most important steps you need to take in order to develop your cloud knowledge and transform yourself into a highly valued cloud computing expert.

Cloud Computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. Cloud computing services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

According to Jonathan, "the cloud offers a wide range of excellent career opportunities. These include cloud software engineer, cloud software application engineer, cloud architect, cloud consultant, and cloud security expert." You can find more details about the roles and the role progression by creating your IT career paths on MyTechlogy.

But, as said, you don’t necessarily have to be a technical wizard to build a career around the cloud. You may come across many vendors offering cloud services, but the largest players in the market include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

1. Master the Concepts of Cloud Computing

The first step towards becoming an expert in cloud computing is always to learn the key concepts of the cloud. Secondly understand the another concept that’s central to the cloud is DevOps. DevOps brings the roles of development and operations closer together, largely through agile methodologies and automation tools. To properly understand DevOps, you’ll need to get to grips with other important aspects to the cloud, such as virtualization, containers, continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD).

2. Get Practical Experience

Practical experience helps you a lot in getting the concepts clear. And getting a first-hand experience of working in the cloud is easier than you might expect, as all the leading cloud vendors let you try their platforms for free.

3. Learn New Technologies

Prospective cloud architects, engineers, developers and operators will all need to master cloud-based technologies. But it’s very important to have technology awareness for many other cloud roles. You may also need to learn Linux, as this is the most dominant operating system in the cloud.

4. Gain Industry Recognized Certification

Industry recognized certification acts a trust signal and shows potential employers that your cloud skills are up to standard. There are two main vendors, AWS and Azure, each offer comprehensive training courses and assessments to help you consolidate your hand-on experience. Both vendors provide certification for solutions architects, solutions developers and systems administrators. AWS also offers certification for DevOps engineers.

5. Get Wise to Cloud Optimization

As developers and operators can spin up new server instances in a matter of minutes, organizations can have thousands of virtual servers running at any one time and costs can escalate without proper transparency and control over a complex enterprise cloud environment.

6. It is better to consult an expert

As discussed above, professionals often have the questions when it comes to choosing career paths (staying technical or non-technical) in Cloud computing. Since your career is at stake, experimenting with it could cost you years of hard work and may defocus you from your career goals also. In such situations, you should always consult an expert who had hand-on experience on the cloud and can guide you on your career aspirations.

How to find Career Coaches in Cloud Computing?
MyTechlogy, an analytics driven IT career development platform, helps IT professionals to connect with IT experts, mentors and career coaches globally.

Consult a Career Coach in Cloud Computing


You’re closer than You Think

A career in the cloud computing industry typically requires a much wider range of skills—not just those specific to the cloud. If you’re still working in traditional IT, you can put that knowledge and experience to good use in cloud migration projects that require understanding of legacy technologies.

Some people will pick up the cloud incredibly quickly. Others will need more time. Much will depend on your own individual background and experience. But the most important thing is to stay committed and learn at a pace that suits you. Because one thing is for certain—demand for cloud computing experts will just keep on growing.

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