At this point, nearly every tech expert agrees: cloud is the future. However, though modern businesses are increasingly adopting cloud solutions, we’re not officially in the future yet; most companies are still primarily running on-premises systems. However, since the cloud isn’t an “all or nothing” strategy, savvy companies have quickly started to move many of their applications and workloads to the cloud. (Here’s how to do that the right way.)
It’s undeniable that the cloud provides exceptional flexibility and agility for both core and ancillary business processes – and if your company plans to stay competitive in the coming years, the move to cloud means you must have in-house or outsourced cloud experts, with wide-ranging skillsets, that you can leverage for ongoing cloud success.
If you’re ready to stay on top of the trends and keep pace (or pull ahead) of your peers, this article will help clarify the 3 cloud skills you’ll want to make sure you focus on.
But First, a Quick Note About “Dying Technology”
One of the beautiful things about the cloud and its possibilities is that cloud capabilities are always evolving, always changing. Considering the rapid pace of change in cloud environments, most of today’s IT consultants see no imminent risk of cloud technologies being classified as “dying technology.”
However, there may be such a thing as “dying skillsets.”
This is why modern, forward-looking business leaders are not only currently investing heavily in building teams with today’s most in-demand cloud skillsets, they’re also ensuring their new hires embrace true lifelong learning.
Therefore, I give you this list with a slight caveat: these are not the only skills you’ll need to succeed with the cloud… but they are a great foundation.
With that clear, it’s time for us to dive in – or, rather, to “dive up,” since we’re talking about the cloud.
The 3 Cloud Skills Your Company Needs Now
Though these skills may sound familiar, remember that the quicksilver pace of technological change makes the cloud versions of these skills unique. In short: your database administrator may or may not be able to handle cloud databases because working in the cloud takes a different mindset.
- Cloud Architecture
With cloud, the name of the game is streamlining, whether in terms of compute, storage, or scalability. A cloud architect differs from their on-premises counterpart due to the fact that they must make constant decisions about which platforms to use and how to structure data.
As your business needs grow and transform, your architecture needs likely will as well – and, of course, the ever-emerging opportunities in the IaaS sphere will add new facets and possibilities to cloud architecture decisions in the future.
A successful cloud architect will be organized, able to visualize how the big picture fits in with small details, and will have a passion for learning. This last attribute may be the most important because cloud options will be constantly changing.
- Cloud Security
Though the cloud is extremely secure and stable these days, compliance mandates and regulations are in endless flux. Especially in our post-GDPR world, cloud security experts will need to maintain a comprehensive security stance in a perimeter-less environment, which means keeping an eye out for emerging security technologies such as Identity and Access Management tools. They must also focus on API governance.
This may be extremely difficult going forward, as daily security challenges become more and more common. Already these days, most IT security professionals can barely stay afloat, yet cloud security experts in the future must think 2 steps ahead of cybercriminals to prevent breach events.
Certainly, as cloud influence and adoption increases, old-fashioned security measures such as password-based authentication will become unsecure and will definitely be considered “dying technology.”
The right person for this skillset will, as with all cloud roles, have a passion for lifelong learning. This is because both compliance needs and security options change quickly in a cloud-based world. In addition, this person will need a keen ability to envision potential future security issues, so they can harden your systems as much as possible.
- Cloud Data Analysis
You already know that data scientists are the key to understanding, interpreting, and acting on the vast amount of data your business has collected in data lakes, but a specialist in cloud data analysis must do much more than a data scientist. This is because data lakes are becoming so large and unwieldy, not to mention expensive, that companies need to start making decisions about which data to keep and which data to toss.
But the wrong data decisions can carry a high opportunity cost because your company could miss out on critical insights that your competitors retain.
The key to cloud data success will lie in figuring out how to derive maximum value from curated data and helping data analysts make use of more real-time data in the system, including clickstream data, log data, IoT data, and more.
This will require:
- Focused database and metadata management
- Planning for predictive learning and machine learning algorithms
- True real-time actionability that drives instantaneous agility whether by a digital twin or a human decision-maker
Identifying the right blend of characteristics for a cloud data analysis skillset will take some practice. You may even need an entire cloud data team to handle this task. Look for a detail-oriented professional with a curious and creative mind, able to connect up the dots to form the big picture. A successful cloud data analysis candidate will also be excited about collaborating with your entire enterprise to ensure the right data is available for all operations, business units, and departments.
It's Time to Start Planning
Traditional cloud migrations— in which a company transfers mission-critical apps and workloads or moves development and testing environments to a cloud solution (SaaS, IaaS, or PaaS, respectively) — are now gaining in popularity, but as I said, most businesses are still running on-premises environments for their core operations.
Because of this, neither on-premises hardware or software could be considered “dying technology” at this point. However, it is safe to say that quite a few of yesterday’s analytics packages, intelligence applications, and collaboration tools are breeds of a dying technology. That’s why companies of all sizes are increasingly turning to cloud alternatives, so they can maintain their competitive stance by leveraging those capabilities.
If you’re ready to learn more about how your business can start harnessing the power of the Oracle Cloud (or at least preparing for that eventuality), you should consider consulting with one of the most knowledgeable and experienced Oracle Cloud partners in the nation: Centroid.
For the past 20 years, Centroid has been helping Oracle software clients get the most out of the full-stack of Oracle systems and solutions, so it’s only natural that we were one of the first partners to start working with the Oracle Cloud as well. Along our cloud journey, we became one of the first 30 Oracle partners in the world to offer cloud MSP services and we also launched the largest mission-critical Oracle Cloud environment to date.
Get in touch with the Oracle Cloud experts and learn how you can leverage our cloud skills at your company when you contact Centroid’s cloud experts today.