CarverTC Cloud Computing Blog

Cloud Certification Can Help you Enter the IT Pro 'Sellers Market'

Posted by Bob Carver on Apr 17, 2017 4:13:46 PM

David Linthicum recent wrote an article that got me thinking. In his article, In the cloud, you don't need a college degree, he made the simple point that employers need cloud computing skills. It doesn't matter where prospective employees get those skills. It matters that they have them, and can apply thing to implement cloud solutions and solve problems. He made the point that we are in a Cloud IT Professional seller's market.

If you have the skills, you have a lot of options regarding where you work, salary, benefits and more. This raises two questions. For IT Pros the question is, 'how can I enter this seller's market?' For employers question is, 'how can I get the best talent, to address my cloud computing challenges, for the best price, in the timeline I need?'

In this article, I'm going to answer both those questions and talk about how cloud IT training, and certification can be a win-win for employees and employers. I'll also talk about why both might want to think about cloud certification sooner rather than later. 

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Topics: jobs and employment, cloudmaster certification

Security and Compliance Topics Covered in CloudMASTER IT Training [SlideShare]

Posted by Bob Carver on Apr 10, 2017 6:22:45 AM

Cloud security remains one of the most difficult to find tech skills. Remaining compliant in the cloud is one of the biggest concerns of regulated organizations that are in the cloud, or considering a move to the cloud. Taken together, that means cloud security and compliance skills are in high demand and are a great career opportunity for IT professionals. In this SlideShare, we document the in-depth security and compliance coverage included in CloudMASTER cloud computing classes. If your organization needs these cloud computing skills, or you're looking to take the next step in your career, this SlideShare is for you. Take a look and see how CloudMASTER IT training can bring your or your team the skills to safely climb on board the cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Security, cloud complance

RightScale State of Cloud Insights: Training Improves Cloud ROI [Infographic]

Posted by Bob Carver on Mar 24, 2017 5:51:40 PM

We're continuing to look through the findings from the 2017 state of cloud report recently published by RightsScale The report illuminated some trends, and had findings that we feel validate both the need for, and value of cloud computing training. Simply put, training improves cloud value. This is true for training prior to, and after cloud adoption. We put the results in an infographic. Enjoy. 

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Topics: cloud computing training

RightScale 2017 State of Cloud Deep Dive: Costs of Multi-cloud

Posted by Bob Carver on Mar 15, 2017 2:18:44 PM

RightsScale recently released it's 2017 state of cloud report. At CarverTC , we've been going over the findings to see what trends, and insights we can find, and we've found quite a few.  We've found an interesting correlation between the rise of multi-cloud environments and sudden increase in concerns over cloud costs. Organizations' are running more workloads, in more cloud vendor environments. While we believe multi-cloud environments are a good thing, and are here to stay, adding and integrating cloud services is a complex task. It requires thoughtful vendor evaluation, planning, and implementation steps that include both direct and indirect integration with both on-premises services and other cloud services. Some of the rise in cloud costs may be a result a failure to properly evaluate vendors and plan implementation and integration. We'll lay it out for you in this article.  

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Topics: cloud computing training

The Top 5 Cloud Computing Barriers and How to Overcome Them [EBook]

Posted by Bob Carver on Feb 6, 2017 4:26:48 PM

Because we offer both cloud computing implementation consulting and cloud computing training, we have a lot of discussions about how to prepare to migrate to the cloud, or expand the use of cloud services. While each organization, and each case is unique, five issues almost always come up. Three concerns are brought up by our students or clients, cloud security, cloud compliance, and vendor lock in. Another barrier, internal resistance, is brought up our clients, if they've seen it, or us if our client isn't aware if it. The fifth issue, the need to sell your plan in order to get cloud projects approved, is something we always have tell our clients about. These issues are so common we've created a series of blog posts on them, but, last week, we took it a step further. We published a free, 48 page ebook that serves as a step-by-step guide to cloud computing requirements planning. In this article, we'll tell you what's in it, and how you can use it to plan for cloud adoption, migration, or cloud service expansion. 

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Topics: Cloud Planning

The Skills and Tools Covered in CloudMASTER Cloud Computing Classes [SlideShare]

Posted by Bob Carver on Jan 27, 2017 5:07:26 PM

We've been getting a lot of questions about the three CloudMASTER certification training classes we offer. You can see the outlines for each of the courses at the links below:

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Topics: cloudmaster cloud computing classes

Failing to Identify Cloud Computing Requirements Will Cost You

Posted by Bob Carver on Jan 24, 2017 4:59:42 PM

Chris Doig, CEO of Wayferry Managment, wrote an excellent article for CIO that discussed five issues related to inadequate requirements identification when selecting enterprise software that can wreak havoc on an organization. The article inspired me because those same five requirements issues apply to cloud computing projects. In this article I'll look at each of the issues, and explain how failing to identify or address cloud computing requirements can cause serious and costly problems for your organization. I'll also give you some tools and strategies for avoiding these problems. 

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Topics: cloudmaster cloud computing classes, Cloud Planning

CloudMASTER Cloud Computing Certifications Explained for IT Pros [SlideShare]

Posted by Bob Carver on Jan 12, 2017 7:50:12 AM

Since we added the CloudMASTER cloud computing classes to our class schedule, we've been getting a lot of questions about the CloudMASTER cloud computing certifications. IT pros and IT managers want to know what the different certifications are, how the certifications map to different points in an IT career, as well as how they map to different stages in an organziation's cloud adoption. They also want to know more about the overall CloudMASTER certification track. We've broken it all down for you in a SlideShare.

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Topics: cloudmaster cloud computing certification

Sales and Presentation Skills Are Key for Getting Cloud Projects Approved

Posted by Bob Carver on Jan 9, 2017 5:46:18 PM

Success or failure of a cloud computing project, be it a simple SaaS implementation, or a complex legacy application migration, or anything in between will hinge on the technical knowledge, skills, and training of your IT staff. What many CIOs and aspiring cloud project managers don't realize is that winning approval to even start a cloud project can be one of the most difficult cloud computing tasks. Further complicating this is the fact that technical knowledge is not the most valuable asset in overcoming this cloud challenge. Presentation and sales skills are the secret sauce for getting cloud projects approved. In this article we'll break down the issues, how sales and presentation skills help, and give you strategies to start honing those skills so that you can get approval for your next cloud project.

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Topics: Cloud Project Planning, Sales and Presentation Skills

Internal Resistance to Cloud Adoption Might Be Your Biggest Barrier

Posted by Bob Carver on Jan 3, 2017 4:31:02 PM

In a recent article on Infoworld, David Linthicum asked the question, "Why do cloud projects fail?" The answer he came up with is often "resistance from your colleagues." While there are many technical challenges that can become barriers such as vendor lock in, security, and compliance, cloud project stakeholders are often blindsided by another set of barriers that they don't expect, internal resistance. There are lots of changes that must take place when an organization moves to the cloud. Changes in software, changes in service, changes in escalation, the list goes on. The scope of these changes, coupled with an organization's existing culture, can create internal resistance to cloud adoption that is difficult to overcome. The issues surrounding internal resistance must be carefully, and thoughtfully, managed to ensure they don’t stop cloud projects before they start. In this article we’ll lay out some common problems, and some solutions for managing your organization’s culture to facilitate cloud adoption.

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Topics: cloudmaster cloud computing classes, Cloud computing barriers

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