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As the cloud changes, staff skill sets need to change with it

Cloud adoption is expected to climb significantly over the next few years, and with it will come the need for an ever-changing set of skills from IT staffers.

Jeff Rowe | May 28, 2018 12:00 am

The cloud is growing rapidly, and as it does so organizations in healthcare and other sectors are scrambling to find staff with the skills required to help them ensure their data is protected and managed appropriately. 

So what are those skills?  Well, naturally, they might vary slightly from sector to sector, but according to tech writer Alex Bennett there are some skills in specific categories of cloud management for which organizations across the board are looking rather desperately.

One such category, predictably enough, is cloud security.

According to Bennett, the idea that a company’s data is not secure in the cloud “just isn’t true anymore . . . but businesses must still pay close attention to their cloud security. Cloud providers operate under the shared responsibility model, outlining the security responsibilities between vendor and business. In short, businesses cannot rely on their vendor to ensure the security of their data and services; their staff must also understand and work towards security.”

Similarly, Bennett says machine learning and AI can’t be left up to the experts, either.  “While machine learning, AI and big data may have just been seen as buzzwords for many businesses in the past, they’re now at the heart of an increasing number of IT projects. Analyst firm IDC predicts explosive growth for machine learning and AI, with spend with increasing by 50% over the next three years. As a result, every major cloud vendor is now developing or expanding services that allow organizations to leverage these technologies in their applications.”

Next up is the ability to contend with the spread of serverless architecture. “Serverless architecture removes the need for developers to manage underlying infrastructure when they want to run or build an application,” Bennett explains. “By adopting serverless architecture, developers can build services that are scalable and easier to patch or upgrade. This is often cheaper than designs that are based on servers.”

Automation and cloud migration along with multi-cloud deployment are the final tasks for which staff need to be prepared.  “(C)loud migration isn’t a fast process and it’s by no means risk-free,” Bennett observes. “Without skilled professionals, businesses risk downtime on critical applications and incorrect implementation could open them up to security vulnerabilities.”