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Crucial cloud computing skills for 2016 (and beyond)

Posted by: Schepisi - Friday, April 29, 2016

$124k is the median advertised salary for cloud computing professionals in 2016.

What a way to open a blog post about the cloud computing skills IT pros need to keep up with the rest of the world!

As the cloud grows in leaps and bounds throughout companies of all sizes, you’d be hard-pressed to find an IT professional lagging behind when it comes to cloud skills – they simply can’t afford to do that!

This week we look at some of the skills and specialities of our cloud experts.

Cloud computing skills

System automation

A highly sought after cloud computing skill is the ability to streamline manual processes to reduce capital costs without compromising performance. That goal is straightforward enough, right? But it takes skills to execute it.

As you are probably familiar, the cloud’s elastic nature means it can be scaled up and down exactly as it’s needed, and it is this feature – plus an IT professional’s skills – that help unlock the benefits of cloud computing to clients!


Cloud security

Always a biggie and always a point of concern for managers and CEOs, the skills needed by IT professionals offer safety and security when it comes to sensitive business data. Below we cover two of the most common and important layers of cloud security.

As the cloud continues to grow, so too do the applications to which it can be applied. More applications, therefore, means more security (and more security types).

Encryption security

Beyond passwords and the other security measures that are client-dependant, cloud encryption is an important skill that provides additional security to business data. A skilled IT professional must be able to advise on the type of data that is encrypted and educate clients on the importance of encryption.

Firewalls

IT professionals must be able to provide advice and recommendations for cloud-based firewalls as well as other best practices akin to a certain client’s circumstances.  Firewalls aren’t the answer to every cloud security question, so it’s about providing the right security solutions for each individual client.

(Oh, and you’ve also got to understand the risks associated with firewalls, too, providing clients the best and most relevant advice.)


Cloud “architect” or “engineer”

These two role titles are often used interchangeably, which is why we’ve put them together.

No, a cloud architect or engineer isn’t rearranging clouds in the sky; they’re creating comprehensive and detailed initiatives that ensure a client’s cloud is scalable, secure, cost-efficient, flexible, and sustainable.

Basically, their job is to see that the initial cloud strategy comes to life through implementation and development of cloud computing infrastructure.

They’re the go-to for:

  • Design

  • Planning

  • Management

  • Support

Suffice to say, their skills are an integral part of a business’s cloud solution!


Prepared for growth

Larger and more applications, larger servers, bigger Big Data, and more: for the cloud, the only way is up!

IT professionals need to consistently sharpen and develop their skills, keeping up with the latest trends, security measures, and more. The cloud waits for no one, which is why the best IT and cloud consultants are prepared for change and growth and can adapt and react appropriately to new obstacles.


The future of the cloud

So no, a cloud computing professional isn’t just “the IT guy or girl”; an IT pro wears many different hats, and the cloud has grown to be one of the biggest. Cloud computing isn’t slowing down across all business types and as a result the cloud pros can’t afford to, either.

Speaking of pros, if you’ve got any questions about the Telstra cloud or want to set up a cloud computing consultation, get in touch with a Schepisi expert today.

Schepisi is a Telstra business partner in Melbourne