If Your Head Isn’t in the Cloud, It Ought to Be

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If Your Head Isn't in the Cloud, It Ought to Be

The verdict is out. There can’t be any dispute. Cloud computing has taken the world by storm and it won’t be long until it will be the new global norm. It’s already a billion dollar industry and Australia is miles ahead in the race.

From research conducted by Forrester for Infosys, which surveyed 300 technological and business giants around America, Europe and Australia, findings reveal that 86% of surveyed Australian enterprises have adopted cloud computing into their working environments for more than the past 12 months. This compares to only 50% in the US and just under 60% in Germany, France and the UK.

Positives far outweigh the negatives both in the public and private sphere. KPMG and the Australian Information Industry Association realised this back in 2012, when they discovered that even at a 50% adoption rate of cloud services over 10 years, the GDP would result in an increase of $2.16 billion per year. This is not to mention the significant reduction in operating expenses and capital spent on ICT in the long term.

As the Department of Communications observe:

“This new business model can enable organisations to adopt productivity enhancing ICT services at a lower cost and with greater ease. Research from around the world continues to link the adoption of cloud services with economic growth and more successful businesses.”

Increased productivity, economic expansion and savings aren’t the only reasons why you should have your head in the cloud more in 2015 though. The industry is crying out for cloud experts both at home and abroad. Specialist IT recruitment agency, Greythorn, rank cloud computing as the highest IT skill in demand for the second year in a row, and it will only keep moving skyward with each new year that passes.

It is estimated that 4.4 million jobs will be available globally for cloud specialists in 2015 to accommodate the rise of big data, but only a third of these will actually be filled. So if you have a knack for IT, or are already a seasoned ICT professional, spread your wings and let your career soar; the cloud computing market looks very promising indeed.

The first step is to get an IT qualification, such as a Diploma of Information Technology, combined with 2-3 years relevant experience. If you have been working in ICT for a couple of years, you may be eligible to fast-track your career by getting a nationally recognised diploma through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Take a free skills assessment online today to see if you qualify.

Afterwards, there may be a possibility to get credit for prior learning on a university degree, if you have a diploma, or you could bypass this stage altogether and get an appropriate vendor certification, such as CompTIA Cloud+ to drastically improve your employability.

The Diploma of Information Technology has been designed with exactly these sorts of globally acknowledged, vendor specific certifications in mind. It’s a great way to prepare for the CompTIA Cloud+ exam, which tests your technical proficiency in a wide range of cloud computing environments.

Other fast-track IT qualifications on offer with Recognition of Prior Learning include:

  1. A Vocational Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and Strategic Management, in which one of the elective units is to develop cloud computing strategies for a business.
  2. An Advanced Diploma of Network Security, where you can choose an elective unit to manage the security, privacy and compliance of cloud service deployment, or
  3. An Advanced Diploma of Information Technology, which provides a specialist unit in the creation of cloud computing services.
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