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The Cloud Generates New Job Descriptions - see if one fits your skillset

Andy Pedisich  December 29 2011 01:30:16 PM
Many messaging and collaboration professionals currently in development and and administrative roles kind of wonder what will happen to them during the shift to the cloud. Will their jobs go away?  Will they be considered the buggy-whip makers and hat-band manufacturers in the changed world of IT?  

Will it evolve, like in H.G.Well's The Time Machine,  into only two cultures?  Will there be just be the Eloi, the society of small, elegant, childlike adults who know nothing about how things work, and the ape-like Morlock troglodytes who live in darkness underground and surface only at night?

It's entirely possible.  Unless, of course, you re-invent yourself.

If you're involved with technology you can't stand still.  Having been around since DOS 1.0, I have been through the self re-invention process many, many times, starting a decade before personal computers hit the scene.

Re-invention requires that you abandon some things you viewed as important, and embracing things that at first may feel foreign.  It means stepping outside of your comfort zone and getting your hands dirty.  And it means long days and nights as you piece through the technologies aiming to master new entries and see how they fit in to the old "established" universe.

Fortunately, you won't be building from scratch.  You already have experience working with technologies in a business context.  You just need a new job description.

This is why I was particularly tickled by a recent article in Forbes Magazine called, "How Cloud Computing is Changing Many Job Descriptions."  The author, Joe McKendrick, has some terrific insights into how the role of IT is changing in ways you might not have had time to really think about.  Thank you, Joe!

My favorite part of his article is the set of new job descriptions.  See if you can find yourself in one of these.  And don't scrimp on the late night study halls you'll need.  Advancement is created out of sweat equity.

-Andy

Cloud Specialist: This professional will “provide expertise, design, engineering, troubleshooting of the cloud environment, collaborate with project managers and engineers to ensure cloud computing best practices are followed and applied.”
Cloud Computing Architect: “Serves a critical role to drive the architect/design and implementation for [our] cloud-based solutions. Drive the architecture/design and implementation to migrate [our product] to a cloud-based PaaS and SaaS product. Interact effectively with CTO, product manager, and engineering managers to drive an optimized solution under known constraints. Mentor the team to adopt development and QA processes or best practices for cloud computing.  Provide innovative idea or direction to [our] product.’
Cloud Computing Architect: “Serves a critical role to drive the architect/design and implementation for [our] cloud-based solutions. Drive the architecture/design and implementation to migrate [our product] to a cloud-based PaaS and SaaS product. Interact effectively with CTO, product manager, and engineering managers to drive an optimized solution under known constraints. Mentor the team to adopt development and QA processes or best practices for cloud computing.  Provide innovative idea or direction to [our] product.’
Systems Engineer – Cloud Computing: “This individual will be a member of the system engineering team and will support an initiative to transition [federal agency] services to a cloud computing environment. The job will include developing the agency’s cloud computing strategy, cloud suitability assessment, and  3-5 year cloud computing plan for an environment that is comprised of programs that are safety critical (high RMA, security, and performance levels) and as well as administrative and support. Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary and individual who is self-motivated and eager to research and identify solutions critical to the public.”
Lead Software Developer – Cloud Computing Focused: “This position is a great  opportunity for someone who is motivated by building high business value applications and working with smaller teams to directly influence company growth. [We need] you to put your emerging cloud technologies skills to use designing and developing the next generation of software. Lead technological foray into cloud based platforms such as SalesForce.com, Azure, Google, & Amazon.”
Cloud Architect – Infrastructure: “This is a technical role where you will be working with key clients and prospects helping them architect proper cloud solutions. Prime responsibilities include designing and architecting innovative and practical cloud based solution for clients; defining and recommending the cloud adoption roadmap for clients; interacting at the client’s CIO/CTO levels and their architecture teams.”
Cloud Alliance Manager: “Focuses on the overall, ongoing management of [our] cloud computing service provider partnerships. This is done through the development and implementation of successful marketing programs unique to the specific cloud category, business units and selling venues, supported by the development of competitive strategies relative to vendors, pricing, assortment and solutions.”
Virtualization & Cloud Computing Subject Matter Expert: “Will support cloud computing strategy and roadmap development from a mission and technical perspective including identification of potential obstacles and solutions regarding the use of cloud computing in a client environment.”


Comments

1Mary Beth Raven  12/30/2011 7:02:20 PM  The Cloud Generates New Job Descriptions - see if one fits your skillset

I particularly like "Cloud alliance manager" is has a gamification ring to it :)

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