POWER IT Pro's Mel Beckman is a panelist at Microsoft's Cloud Career Day on Tuesday, March 12. Cloud training crosses platforms and application realms. You need to take every opportunity for professional development.
The clouds, they're not going away. Both public and private cloud platform types have proven their mettle in the field, and business is rapidly adopting them to gain both agility and cost effectiveness.
Cloud computing presents every business and IT professional with new possibilities, but also new challenges. According to a recent Microsoft-sponsored IDC Report, nearly one third of all IT jobs will be cloud-related by 2015. More significantly, according to IDC cloud-related jobs will be the only growing skill category.
As an IT professional, you need to start building your cloud computing skills today. Those skills include both infrastructure- and service-oriented aspects of cloud computing. The key differentiator between cloud and traditional IT is a shift to service delivery, rather than component delivery.
Microsoft's "Get in the Cloud" Certified Career Day on March 12, 2013 opens one avenue for professional development. The day will starts with a live panel discussion with IT managers and industry experts -- including Penton's own Mel Beckman and Paul Thurrott -- who will discuss how the cloud affects IT recruitment and the growing need for leading-edge skill certification. The panel will be followed by an exclusive interview with Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, followed by deep dives into Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 with product group experts.