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    10 Skills IT Pros Need for CloudComputing

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    IT professionals have to work constantly to ensure that their skills are up to date.

    Today, IT pros must guarantee that their cloud-focused skills are resume-ready. And

    just what are those skills? According to a Forbes.com blog post by contributor Joe

    McKendrick, there are eight key skills. To those, I add two more.

    1. Business and financial skills

    The intersection of business and technology is always an overarching concern, but it

    is especially so when it comes to cloud-based computing.

    2. Technical skills

    With the cloud, organizations can streamline their IT resources, offloading much of

    day-to-day systems and application management. But that doesnt mean IT

    abdicates all responsibility. Theres a need for language skills to build applications

    that can run quickly on the Internet.

    3. Enterprise architecture and business needs analysis

    Cloud computing requires that IT pros cross disciplines, especially where service-

    oriented architecture comes into play.

    4. Project management skills

    Organizations must not let the flexibility of the cloud lead to missed deadlines or

    amorphous goals. That could negate the cloud cost advantage.

    5. Contract and vendor negotiation skills

    To deal with service-level agreementsand the problems involved when those

    SLAs are breachedIT pros need experience with contract and vendor

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    negotiations.

    6. Security and compliance

    IT professionals dealing with the cloud must have a firm grasp of security protocols

    and the regulatory mandates related to their industries, both within and without the

    United States.

    7. Data integration and analysis skills

    IT pros may not be data scientists, but to take advantage of big data, they do need to

    help data scientists hook up big data, internal ERP, data warehouse and other data

    systems, and work with the business side to make effective use of big data.

    8. Mobile app development and management

    Organizations need to think about what kind of mobile experience they are offering

    to customers via the cloud and how they would like to improve that down the line.

    As enterprise cloud computing evolves, it is important to add two more skills to the

    list:

    9. Knowledge of open hybrid clouds

    IT is not homogeneous, and neither should your cloud computing model be. IT pros

    need to understand how to build and extend their companies cloud computing

    infrastructure in a way that is open.

    10. Understanding of OpenStack

    In order to build the kind of flexible, secure, interoperable cloud infrastructure

    mentioned above, IT pros must have a strong understanding of the technology

    required to make it so. OpenStack is a key component. OpenStack, a collaboration

    of developers and cloud computing technologists, comprises a series of projects

    delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.

    What other skills do IT professionals need to have in order to enable their

    organizations to successfully tap into the benefits of cloud computing? Are there any

    IT skills that the cloud is making obsolete? We welcome your insight in the

    comments section.

    Debra Donston-Miller

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