Executive Viewpoint 2015 Prediction: Firebrand Training - The Rise of the Cloud Certified Professional

VSM News Staff
Monday, December 22nd 2014

The unprecedented adoption of cloud technology has created a huge demand from businesses for IT professionals with cloud related skills. Combine this with the release of cloud-focussed certification and it’s clear to see there is a perfect storm brewing that will make 2015 the year of the Cloud Certified Professional.

In the past, our Executive Viewpoints have predicted doom and gloom. In 2013, we foresaw the Death of the Desktop PC, followed in 2014 by the annihilation of the Networking workforce thanks to SDN. This year we thought we’d break from tradition by instead predicting the rise of the Cloud Certified Professional. 

Our 2015 Executive Viewpoint will explore the convergence of multiple factors, which I believe will bring about the aforementioned prediction.

Mass Adoption of Cloud Technology

The unprecedented global adoption of cloud computing by business has transformed the technology landscape. This multi-billion dollar market consists of leading providers Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google, IBM, HP, VMware and Rackspace.

To give you an idea of growth velocity, Microsoft have grown commercial cloud revenue by 147% YOY to $4.4 billion announced in their Earnings Release FY14 Q4. As it stands, more than 1000 new customers sign up to Microsoft Azure on a daily basis. Add this to the fact that Windows Server 2003 faces end of life in July 2015, and you have a further 10 million potential cloud customers on the horizon.

Despite its size and growth, Microsoft continues to be dwarfed by Amazon Web Services. Though estimating the size of the cloud landscape is tricky business. Look at the IaaS public cloud market, major providers aren’t particularly transparent when it comes to revenue and profits derived from their cloud offerings, nor have they provided insight into the size of their data centers.

Estimates in a post from Gigaom suggest the AWS IaaS public cloud offering is roughly 30x the size of its closest rivals Microsoft and Google.

Source: Gigaom – Just how biz is Amazon Web Services Lead?