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Steer your career to the cloud

Beth Schultz | Feb. 7, 2011
Dave DiMeo, service delivery network operations manager at Ford Motor has a mouthful of a title. And while the word "cloud" isn't part of it, it might as well be.

"Executives who are innovative and willing to take a few risks are the ones who will succeed with the advent of cloud computing. They'll look like heroes as they take infrastructure costs down by running systems outside the firewall on the Amazon or Google (GOOG) cloud," Linthicum says. "And rank-and-file IT professionals will discover it's advantageous to their careers to learn about those cloud systems before they appear in the enterprise; they'll be rewarded for that - finding cloud-knowledgeable people is difficult today."

That creates a seller's market, as it were. "There are probably 50 cloud jobs chasing one candidate. That'll drive salaries up and people's value within the company will go up, too, plus they'll be able to hold onto positions for longer periods of time," he adds.

Job titles are even starting to morph to capture the growing importance of the cloud to enterprise IT strategy, says Pat O'Day, CTO at cloud host BlueLock.

"Where once we saw network architects we're starting to see cloud architect," he cites as one example. "This change implies that the person is now responsible not only for the architecture of the existing network but also connectivity and associated things to external cloud providers."

"I'm seeing cloud project manager and cloud strategist within some of enterprises, but more so within companies selling software as services," Linthicum says.

Case in point is Darren DelDuco, who is vice president of cloud services at Aprimo, an independent software vendor that develops and sells packaged software for marketers. With such a title, it's not hard to figure that DelDuco is responsible for the cloud-based infrastructure and operations supporting the company's hosted and on-demand offerings.

"I oversee all aspects of application delivery for those two product lines, including the business, pricing and go-to-market strategies relative to those cloud services-based offering," he explains.

What's in a name

Some enterprises may be reluctant to create new, formal job titles based on a heavily hyped technology like cloud, even though they are eager to have on board people who can do cloud architecture, develop on public clouds and who understand the intrinsic nature of a particular cloud platform, Linthicum says.

"We're not hearing of new cloud titles coming up per say," agrees Pedro Villalba, CTO at EmblemHealth, a health insurance provider in New York. "But if you have a technical architect in your organization, which we do, that job description will be changing or the portfolio of what that technical architect does is going to expand."


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