Join Lynn Langit for an in-depth discussion in this video About cloud careers, part of Cloud Computing Career Paths and Certifications: First Steps (2017).
- [Instructor] So as we get started taking a look at cloud careers I wanted to share a photo from my experience to give us a perspective. This photo is from an Amazon conference, re:Invent, in 2015 and it really just gives you an idea of the scale of demand for cloud skills. In particular, this was the line to get into a Docker session at the Amazon re:Invent conference. And you may not know what Docker is but we'll talk about that as get in, it's a real hot skill.
Speaking of hot, I wanted to start with this slide because cloud careers in general are hot. As a working architect I am very often charged to help fill in teams who are lacking people with skills. So one of the reasons I decided to make this course is to help provide pathways for you as working professionals to take your on-premise skills to figure out which skills are leverageable in cloud and to figure out and prioritize which skills you want to focus on learning as you become more and more relevant for cloud careers.
So we all know that the use of the cloud has been growing but did you know it's been growing to this level. If you look at this, this is interesting because it follows kind of my own career as a working IT professional as both a developer and a DBA at various companies. In 2007 to 2011 I was actually a full-time employee at Microsoft and what I was doing while I was there is I was in developer relations. So I was traveling around the world talking to developers and it was really interesting 'cause, literally, they launched their cloud when I was there.
It was called Red Dog, originally, now it's called Azure and as I left Microsoft to become an independent consultant I saw that the cloud was going to become super relevant so what I actually did is the first year out I spent 50% of my time studying and it's really paid off. As I learned the skills that are needed to work in the cloud I became more and more in demand and I've transitioned personally from being an on-premise developer or DBA to a cloud architect and developer and been really successful.
And because of that I often get asked when I'm out speaking, around the world, by people who want to make that same transition, what they should do. So that's why I made this course. To just give you a little bit more about my perspective which is really kind of unique in the industry, I am a cloud architect who designs solutions but also helps to implement those solutions by working side by side with both developers, and IT pros, or DevOps professionals. Now, I live in the West Coast of the United States and do a lot of work there and, of course, the major cloud companies, Microsoft, and Google, and Amazon are all based in the West Coast so I have a certain perspective from doing work there.
But in addition to that I spend about a third of my time traveling and working internationally. So I have both the front of the cloud perspective and the real world perspective and I'm going to try to bring both of those to this course. So I'm going to talk about the hot, new stuff but I'm also going to temperate it with some reality that is outside of Silicon Valley. And then the last part of the perspective that I bring is because of my education work I've been given awards from all three of the cloud companies. So I'm a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, I'm a Google Developer Expert for a cloud, and I'm a Amazon Community Hero which is for a cloud.
Now, why that's relevant to you listening is because I get to work directly with those companies and the product teams, and give customer feedback, and help shape the products so I kind of get a look into the future. Now, I can't talk about all of it, some of it's nondisclosure, NDA, but it does really help me to guide my own career and hopefully in this course, also help you to guide your career too.
- Reviewing IT pro, developer, analyst, and architect roles
- Reviewing IT pro skills, including virtualization, networking, and scripting
- Working with programming languages
- Reviewing AWS, Azure, GCP, and IBM certifications
- Reviewing cloud career paths
- Understanding emerging technologies and careers