Approximately two thirds of German companies are already using cloud computing technologies. And despite ongoing growth over recent years, there are no signs of this trend letting up. On the contrary: if anything, more and more tasks are being outsourced to the cloud. Globalization and digitalization promise further growth for the leading cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud and the Google Cloud Platform.
There are two main arguments put forward by critics of the cloud: reservations concerning data privacy and a fear of virtual industrial espionage. Many cloud service providers seek to allay such security fears by setting up computer centers in Germany. But since these companies are large corporations frequently based in the USA, there is still a good deal of distrust. Nevertheless, the ongoing success of cloud solutions appears to be unstoppable.
Most users put aside their concerns in view of the numerous advantages and huge potential: companies and institutions opting for the cloud often save considerably on services that they now simply hire. It is possible to achieve substantial cost reductions in the area of hardware and software. In particular, costs are more predictable and don’t require financing, or only to a limited extent. Cloud solutions are also seen to be ideal for advancing standardization processes – on a worldwide basis if required.
A wide range of professional development programs for everyone – from beginners to IT professionals
There are lots of good reasons for freelancers to acquire cloud computing skills. Numerous providers offer courses and seminars that address all levels of cloud computing. Participants learn about the possibilities offered by the three cloud service levels available, namely IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service). Another distinction is between public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud or community cloud.
Excellent forecasts for managed cloud services and all those who gain additional qualifications in this area.
Some trade journals are predicting that companies will require fewer and fewer classic system administrators. If this turns out to be true, there will soon be an increased demand for specialists in the area of managed cloud services.
After all, considerable adaptation will be required in this area. Compliance, data privacy and information security are rated as the key challenges. There is also a growing expectation that cloud and big data applications will be dovetailed. Interfaces between the cloud and social media are becoming more important, too. And everything will have to work on smartphones and tablets as well, of course.
Only time will tell whether or not more and more IT departments will gradually turn into mere cloud service “brokers”. The potential opportunities arising from further training in the area of cloud computing are also reflected in the ongoing discussion of new job titles, such as:
• Cloud service manager
• Cloud integration specialist and expert
• Cloud architect
• Cloud security manager and engineer
• Director cloud infrastructure
Conclusion: IT professionals, software engineers and consultants should keep an eye on developments in the field of cloud computing. It is only possible to decide whether or not it makes sense to follow a specific initial or further training course based on an honest assessment of the individual job situation and prospects.