There are numerous professional profiles linked to new technologies such as fields linked to Big Data, the development of apps, augmented reality, cybersecurity or cloud-computing, which is the specific case that we are going to analyze in this post.
Among the examples cited above, cloud computing is possibly the least mediatic of all. To a greater or lesser extent, people who are not IT experts have heard or read about Big Data or cybersecurity, but it is less common that they have done it on this particular segment. However, there is no company of certain renown and size that has not developed today a detailed IT strategy in which it has a leading role in cloud computing, whose experts are professional profiles increasingly demanded in the labor market.
There are different specialties in cloud-computing such as the cloud services developer, the cloud-computing manager or the cloud systems administrator, but without a doubt the most demanded and most qualified position in this specialty is that of architect cloud.
The functions of a Cloud-Computing architect
A cloud-computing architect is responsible for managing and coordinating the entire cloud-computing structure of your organization. As can be seen from the definition, its functions are multiple, since they are related to elements such as servers, storage solutions, software, etc., which depend in each specific case of the chosen cloud model.
The adoption of the cloud is a drastic change in the internal functioning of a company and leading this change is one of the main functions of a cloud architect, so that we have a professional profile with a capital responsibility within the organization chart of the companies. It is an evolution in the business culture that entails a series of cultural changes, of mentality, which are never simple to approach, for which the cloud architect must not only have the necessary knowledge to be able to develop and coordinate the strategy, but must have a series of social skills to be able to lead this process of general change.
Once the application of its designed strategy is carried out, its work happens to have other objectives but it does not lose in importance, since among other things it must be permanently informed about possible hardware and software solutions, development of new applications in its scope of work, talent detection or monitor compliance with the company’s policy regarding the cloud.
It is important to emphasize that double qualification required by the cloud architect position, since contrary to what seems a priori when dealing with a position that requires extensive and deep technical knowledge, it is also important that the chosen person has a powerful human profile, since who must use social skills for work in their day to day. There are two examples in which this is perfectly appreciated: the need to integrate as best as possible in the organization chart of the company and the relationship it maintains with suppliers.
If you are one of those who are trying to direct their training towards cloud computing, you should know that the best path is that of specialization through postgraduate studies that allow you to acquire and enhance knowledge in the field. In addition, it is advisable to specialize in the use of cloud platforms most used by the industry, such as Amazon, Google or IBM cloud services, among others.
In any case, it is not easy to obtain the qualification required by a position of this level of responsibility, but without a doubt the effort is worthwhile both economically and professionally, bearing in mind that it is one of the “professions” of the future “of which it was already spoken as such almost five years ago with more demand already in the present, especially in the field of banking and communications.