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Cloud IT Training is Protection for Your IT Career

Posted by Bob Carver on Aug 15, 2017 4:51:38 PM

TechRepublic recently published an article that documents a growing fear among many IT pros that cloud adoption is putting their jobs at risk. The statistics from the article are compelling. 28% fear that cloud adoption is putting their career at risk. For some it's the lack of tools to manage cloud services, for others, it's the lack of knowledge to how to migrate workloads, or lead a cloud deployment that drives these fears. Most important of all, the fears are real. 40% of respondents note that their data center footprint shrink as cloud services take over of on-premises infrastructure. But there is hope. Cloud is bringing its own challenges, and those challenges provide career opportunities for IT pros willing to acquire the skills to meet those challenges. In this article, look at the challenges, and how cloud IT training is projection for your IT career.

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Topics: cloud computing training and certification, Cloud Computing Careers

How the Shift to Cloud can Make or Break Your IT Team and Career

Posted by Bob Carver on Aug 8, 2017 5:22:35 PM

In a recent article, David Linthicum pointed out that sometimes the best and brightest don't always get rewarded in the IT world. He points out some things you may have seen as either a manager or an IT employee, and makes one point in particular: 

"Pay is more a matter of how well an employee can negotiate a salary, than a matter of merit or talent."

It's an unfortunate truth in many industries and seems to be very prevalent in IT for lots of reasons. But David makes the point that he's seen some in the IT world who were resistant to cloud being given promotions and put in areas of leadership, while genuine cloud promoters have been left behind. Unfortunately, we've seen the same thing in client's we've helped move to the cloud.

Finally, David makes the point it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, this disruptive change in IT, this movement of services, and data to the cloud, can be a way for IT managers to adjust their organizations by promoting those with genuine vision, and who see the value of new technology. He gives two good approaches to help managers do that. But the question I feel many managers will be left with is, "How do I begin to vet my staff on how well they embrace the cloud?" I also feel that many IT have been asking that for some time, and, after David's article will do more soul searching over the question, "How do I stand out in this sea of change, and make this into a career opportunity." In this article, I'll provide some strategies to answer both of those questions. In my opinion how organizations and their employees answer that question is critically important because the shift to the cloud can make or break your IT team and career.

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Topics: cloud computing training and certification

How to Get Cloud IT Projects Approved [Video]

Posted by Bob Carver on Jun 26, 2017 5:01:17 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. How you present the project, how you sell it, is the secret sauce for getting cloud projects approved. We wrote a popular article on this topic a little while back, but we decided to summarize the key points in this video. Enjoy!

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Topics: Cloud Project Planning

4 Ways to Get the Skills Needed for Cloud IT Projects [Analysis]

Posted by Bob Carver on Jun 12, 2017 5:30:48 PM

Tam Harbert recently wrote a good article in Computerworld where she detailed the different approaches five enterprise organizations are taking to upskill their IT staff to prepare for the cloud and other 'future IT' projects. The goal of the article was how organizations skill up their existing staff for cloud, and when they should hire fresh. Since we consult on cloud strategy, planning, and implementation, provide IT staffing, and offer cloud computing training, we see three different perspectives on this issue. We felt these four of these approaches deserved further analysis based on our experience. In this article, we're going to examine four of the ways described to get the skills needed for cloud IT projects. We'll talk about the benefits, and risks of each based on our experience, with the goal of helping you decide which approach, or a combination of approaches might be best. 

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Topics: Cloud Project Planning, Cloud Computing Careers

The Missing Cloud Skills: Getting Cloud Project Approved [SlideShare]

Posted by Bob Carver on May 15, 2017 9:32:49 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 start a cloud project can be one of the most difficult aspects of the project. Further complicating this is the fact that technical knowledge is not the most valuable asset in overcoming this cloud challenge. How you present the project, how you sell it, is the secret sauce for getting cloud projects approved. We wrote a full blog post on this topic that you can find here. It's been so popular; we also decided to make a companion SlideShare. In it, we quickly break down the issues, show you 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. Enjoy!

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Topics: Cloud Planning

How to Choose Which Apps to Move to the Cloud (and Which Not To)

Posted by Bob Carver on May 9, 2017 11:44:31 AM

In a recent article on Infoworld, David Linthicum wrote about the 3 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid in Cloud Migrations. Not surprisingly, the article focused on application migration. The biggest mistake was moving the wrong app for the wrong reason to the cloud. There are many challenges in moving to the cloud, but moving your apps is decidedly one of the biggest, and it's fraught with the most peril. If your apps don't work well, or don't work at all, you lose productivity. You may loose business advantage or opportunities, and you must scramble to fix the problem. All of that costs you money.

If you're new to the cloud, a bad app migration experience may stifle future cloud plans. For the IT professionals responsible for migrating apps, it may mean a loss of trust. For IT managers responsible for the migration, it may mean the loss of their job. 

The key question from all of this is, how do you choose which apps to move to the cloud, and which not to? In this article, we'll lay out some criteria to help you choose which apps to move to the cloud and which not to.

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Topics: Application Migration

Cloud Computing Security Topics Covered in CloudMASTER IT Training [Video]

Posted by Bob Carver on May 4, 2017 6:01:18 AM

If you're planning to implement cloud computing solutions, a robust understanding of cloud security issues, options, and solutions is essential. Unfortunately, cloud security is one of the most difficult to find tech skills. We knew this when we worked with Logical Operations and the National Cloud Technologists Association to author the CloudMASTER cloud computing classes, so we made security coverage one of our top priorities for the classes and the CloudMASTER certifications. What security topics are covered in this IT training? Check out this video to find out.

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Topics: cloudmaster, Cloud Security

Internal Resistance to Cloud Adoption Might Be Your Biggest Barrier [Video]

Posted by Bob Carver on Apr 27, 2017 6:57:22 AM

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. In this video, we 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

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

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