Cloud computing is being embraced by more organizations worldwide, both large and small. As growth predictions emerge, we're seeing a clearer picture about what the near future of IT will look like.
• Market Trends says that Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud-based business application services will grow from $13.4 billion in 2011 to $32.2 billion in 2016, a five-year CAGR of 19.1%.
• Gartner is predicting Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), cloud management & security devices and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) are growing from $7.6B in 2011 to $35.5B in 2016, a CAGR of 36%.
Impact of Cloud on Jobs
Despite this tremendous growth, finding IT professionals with the right skills is proving to be a challenge for hiring managers. Here are some more stats to wrap your head around:
According to IDC:
- “Cloud-related skills represent virtually all of the growth opportunities in IT worldwide and will grow by 26% annually through 2015.”
- “ …IT managers consistently report that while the economy represents a challenge to filling cloud-related positions, finding applicants with the appropriate expertise, certification or training is a much bigger issue.”
So even though you might not feel an immediate need to become a cloud expert, given these trends, it's a good idea to start thinking about developing skills that will be in demand in the near future.
Developing Cloud-Ready Skills
So which skill areas do you need to develop to position yourself for success in this brave new cloud world?
• Enterprise architecture – Becoming an expert to drive the design and implementation for the cloud solution will be a must.
• Application development – In a cloud world, this means knowing how to build high performing, cloud-enabled applications that can be accessed from anywhere, at any time.
• System administration – This role is definitely not going away, but it's definitely evolving from its traditional sense. The new focus will be on network, OS, virtualization and application administration.
• Network security – Security is named as one of the top concerns with cloud. Securing the cloud network will be a key area where resources will be required.
• Data integration and analysis – Cloud is helping to create a data explosion that requires expertise in designing and managing analytical systems and processes that have big data in mind.
• Project management - Given the complexity that comes with cloud transformations, possessing solid project management skills will be critical.
Is Oracle Cloud on Your Horizon?
If your organization is considering a transition to Oracle Cloud products or services, then it would be logical to consider training for Java
development and architecture, OS
virtualization, to name a few. We also recommend exploring training on Oracle's
cloud technology to give yourself an edge in an ever-changing IT marketplace.
Which Skills Are Critical for the Cloud-Enabled World?
In the face of all of these changes, which other skills are essential for organizations to have on staff to support a successful cloud transformation?
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
-Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager