The digital transformation is advancing with vigor as we witness a paradigm shift in the work culture. In addition, most organizations have embraced remote working as the new normal.
Cloud computing can be a panacea for this transformation. It provides cost-effective and easily scalable computing and storage solutions.
A recent NASSCOM report highlights that India will need 20 lakh cloud professionals by 2025. But with the current growth, there will be only 14-15 lakh cloud professionals leading to a shortage of 5 lakh cloud professionals.
The widespread adoption of cloud computing by most organizations to ensure business continuity through collaboration and remote working has led to a boom in cloud computing technologies and relevant cloud skills. Research estimates that 85% of organizations worldwide will adopt a cloud-first principle by 2025.
Moreover, in the post-pandemic world, the demand for online entertainment via cloud video streaming platforms such as OTT has disrupted traditional television cable, and cinema-based ecosystems have fueled the boom in cloud computing careers.
Career in Cloud Computing
The roles of cloud professionals are not limited to one type. Cloud professionals can work as Cloud Architect, Cloud Administrator, Cloud Security professionals, Software Engineers and many more parts in development and operations.
It is also possible to include roles without the prefix of the word ‘cloud’ in the designation. Various designations include computer network architect, computer systems analyst, DevOps practitioners, computer and information systems administrators, database administrators, network and computer systems administrators, etc.
To pursue a career in cloud computing, one can always build on their existing IT skills. Knowledge of computer networks, security, programming and project management makes it easier to transition to the field.
Cloud certifications are the key to success. Take cloud certification exams from Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), VMware, and other major public cloud providers and get skills validated. All major public cloud providers have a well-structured certification process.
For example, Microsoft Azure certifications are available at four levels of fundamentals, associate, expert, and specialty. A beginner can start with core certifications such as Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals, AZ-900, Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals, DP-900, or Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals, AI-900.
Cloud Career Transformation Guarantee programs are available for working professionals. However, preparing for certification exams requires rigorous training and proper guidance. Aspirants must be trained by an authorized training partner of prominent public cloud organizations.
Increasing digitization and a better understanding of the benefits of the adoption of the cloud and related technology will accelerate in the future. India is in a prime position to become a global cloud solutions center if there are enough talented and skilled professionals.
(The author is a founder of a cloud consultancy)