By Mark Skilton

Professional Cloud Solutions and Service Practices

The right skills for professional-level cloud computing involve both a technical and business perspective. Organizations today use a mix of cloud and hosted solutions that the IT professional and the business must navigate. Professional-level cloud certifications bridge the gap between technical cloud certification and practical business outcomes.

Cloud computing operates as a service lifecycle—from searching and selection of a cloud solution or service—to consuming, running and maintaining that service. IT has been radically changed by the phenomena of cloud (Figure 1) impacting both the technology and enterprise domains: user experience, operations, buying and procurement of business. Cloud has also changed the required skills for technology professionals across a spectrum of roles ranging from architect, developer, administrator and service management to different roles engaged in business. To maximize the potential of cloud today, IT professionals need the right level of skills in business and technology. These include foundation knowledge and skills to professional practitioner techniques that can best meet the needs of the enterprise and the individual.

Topics covered in detail in the whitepaper cover the shift to a Service-on-Demand business operating model and working practices and include:

  • The impact on skills and certification to meet cloud demand
  • Technical training and practitioner certification
  • Professional practice needs to manage complex agile methods for publishing services
  • Advanced rapid cloud development, user experience, and customer experience
  • Cloud-in-a-box to trusted cloud appliances
  • Joining up the demand and supply plan and usage
  • Establishing authentic business and technical certification
  • Frameworks, modules, and specifications

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