In this video, get an overview of the types of cloud certifications in demand now.
- [Instructor] Another aspect of building your cloud career is deciding whether or not to pursue cloud certification. From a top level I'll tell you if you're new to the industry, it can't hurt and it often helps. So let's look at some statistics. before we do that, we need to of course consider that the cloud certifications are specific to the vendor. So there is AWS, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, GCP or Google Cloud Platform, and Alibaba Cloud. However, there are other vendors such as Databricks for Apache Spark on either AWS or Azure that implement certifications for specific verticals. Security certifications is another one, and an emerging one also is IoT. Now let's look at high level market statistics. For 2018 to 2021, from Statista, the overall cloud market has grown 35 to 40% globally. Now it's important when you're determining how you're going to pursue your cloud strategy, that you look at your specific area. For example, up until last year, I spent most of my professional time in the West Coast, United States, Northern Europe, or Australia. And those markets were markedly different. For example, Australia did not have in country GCP data centers until a couple of years ago. And so the cloud choices for some of the verticals, mine specifically bioinformatics for health data were limited because it was legislated that that data had to stay in country. So that meant AWS or Azure up until recently for Australia. So it really does matter that you do your research for your particular market when you're determining your career path. Another interesting stat that I pulled out from this report from Statista is the cloud market growth for enterprise. AWS is still growing at a rate of 35%, which when you compare to Azure's 50% plus, depends on which statistic you read, and Google Cloud's 50% plus growth, might seem concerning. But it is really important to understand that AWS has a much larger base globally. Again, I would say you want to do your specific research for your region. An example of this is I recently returned to my native Midwest, I live in Minneapolis. And the market here for cloud is much different than it is in the West Coast of the US, because there was more regulatory, more health vertical. So that translated to more Azure in this particular region than I had seen in the West Coast. And when you are figuring out what you're going to study, what you're going to learn, how you're going to create your career in cloud, it's really important to understand which cloud vendors are most in demand in your area because pursuing certification is a big time commitment, and you want to make sure that that's cost justified. So don't automatically go to AWS, you want to do your research for your particular market. Another interesting aspect of determining how you'll pursue certification is to consider whether you're going to pursue cross-vendor certification. A report from global knowledge said that 64% of all cloud professionals and 80% of all cloud architects had certifications from multiple cloud vendors. This has been a strategy that I personally pursued and found to be very helpful in engaging with my clients as well.