5 key takeaways from the Cloud Expo Europe

The Cloud Expo Europe 2017 took place in London last week and Networkers' two senior Cloud Infrastructure recruiters Wayne Taylor (left) and Andy Slater (right) were there to hear the latest developments within the world of Cloud. This year the record for attendance was broken making it the world’s biggest and best attended Cloud event, and a great place for technologists to learn. For those who were unable to attend, Wayne shares his key takeaways from the event below.

1. It’s On-Demand or see you later

In a world where the consumer wants everything now, Cloud technology is the key. Cloud technologies allow organisations such as Uber and Air Bnb to be ‘born global’ and become leaders in their sectors without owning any assets which gives them the scale and flexibility to change to the demand of the consumer. This is now fundamental to survival in this On-Demand world we now live in. Fail to keep up with this change and businesses will lose out to their competitors. So companies will need Cloud Infrastructure Architects, Environment Engineers, Cloud Consultants and DevOps Engineers to ensure that the Cloud is leveraged to satisfy customers.

2. Gain AWS and Azure certifications to fast track your cloud career

There is currently a crippling skills shortage in the Cloud market with an estimated 36,000 certified AWS professionals and a demand for 1.7 Million professionals. Many IT professionals are now up-skilling from Systems Administrator, Infrastructure Engineer and Network Analyst positions by gaining AWS and Azure certifications, which is providing a route into the Cloud market without any previous commercial experience. A Cloud Guru,  an AWS training provider who have a great pass rate for certifications,  offer a range of AWS certifications including the increasingly sought after AWS Solutions Architect Associate and AWS SysOps Administrator Associate certifications.

3. Automate everything – Serverless is coming

Hashicorp products such as Consul, Packer, Terraform and Vagrant are now widely used Open Source automation tools. Avoid human error and utilise these tools is the message. Get yourselves on a training course with a provider such as Contino to gain certificates in these sought after tools.

4. Develop knowledge of ‘_Ops’ titles

As we move more and more towards an automated and people-less world, we see three key areas in Cloud being defined; PreOps (selection of tooling, test methodologies and approved libraries) DevOps (coding, testing and deploying) and PostOps (assessing, scaling and protecting). As we see new ‘_Ops’ titles emerging it’s important to try to gain knowledge in one or more of these areas to stand out from the crowd and maximise your opportunities.

5. DevSecOps is born

There is a need for organisations to develop quickly whilst ensuring safety. DevSecOps is about introducing security into the software delivery pipeline so that essential security and controls are not compromised. The consequences of a data breach can be catastrophic for an organisations reputation as well as financially with the impending GDPR legislation and its heavy fines for non-compliance. Cloud professionals with knowledge of DevSecOps will be in high demand now and in the future.

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To find out more information about how to build your Cloud career please get in touch with Wayne Taylor by phone on 01489 898801 or email: wayne.taylor@networkerstechnology.com.

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