We’ve broached the subject of the “cloud” before in this blog, specifically with the post “Want to Stand Out? Become an Expert in the Hybrid Cloud.”
In that post, we addressed the growing emergence of hybrid clouds, as well as the employment opportunities that have resulted from that emergence. However, let’s take a step back and discuss the ever-growing trend of cloud computing. First, a definition:
Cloud computing is a model for delivering information technology services in which resources are retrieved from the Internet through Web-based tools and applications, rather than a direct connection to a server.
As you probably already know, cloud computing (or “the cloud”) offers many benefits to companies. The biggest one is cost savings. That’s because companies can use computer resources more like a utility, much in the same manner that you use electricity to run the appliances in your home.
Before the emergence of cloud computing, companies had to build and maintain infrastructures. That entailed an up-front investment, plus ongoing costs. However, cloud computing provides benefits for not just companies, but for end users, as well:
- Flexibility and customization—End users can put the power of the cloud to use for just about any project or product that they have.
- Scalability—Companies and end users can scale up or down as needed, moving in step with supply and demand.
- Targeted price structures—Since end users are able to control how much or how little data they use, they also only pay for what they use.
- Better analytics and forecasting—Companies have the ability to identify inefficiencies in systems installation and make adjustments to further reduce costs.
As we’ve discussed before, there are three types of cloud computing services. They are public, private, and hybrid. And as you might imagine, companies are making the transition over to the cloud in droves.
Once upon a time, the prevailing perception was that cloud adoption was only for start-up companies. That is no longer the case. Organizations of all sizes across all industries are adopting cloud computing technologies and are implementing and executing strategies for benefiting from that adoption.
What does this mean? It means that not only is the cloud a source of growing data, but it’s also a source of growing jobs.
If you work within Information Technology, then you should consider investing in cloud computing certifications and adding to your base of knowledge and expertise. Remember that when it comes to the employment marketplace, it’s all about value.
What kind of value do you provide to your current employer? What kind of value could you provide to a potential employer? How much more value could you offer if you had knowledge of cloud computing technologies and implementation strategies?
If you’re ready to make a change and/or find a new job, then contact The Doepker Group!
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