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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

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

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