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10 cloud career skills

Beth Schultz | Feb. 7, 2011
Cloud computing demands a mix of technology skills, negotiating skills, business acumen and people skills. Here are 10 key skills that can help boost your career into the clouds.

FRAMINGHAM, 7 FEBRUARY 2011 - Cloud computing demands a mix of technology skills, negotiating skills, business acumen and people skills. Here are 10 key skills that can help boost your career into the clouds.

TECHNICAL DEPTHA core understanding of cloud-enabling technologies such as server and storage virtualization, moving to a flatter data center switching architecture, etc.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT The ability to manage the full life cycle of a specific IT project.

ARCHITECTURE SKILLS Being able to architect both in-house and hosted cloud environments.

CONTRACTS The ability to negotiate and manage multiple contracts with cloud service providers.

SERVICE DELIVERY The ability to negotiate and follow through on service-level agreements with internal and external customers.

COMMUNICATION The ability to explain and sell cloud computing to stakeholders in the organization.

UNDERSTANDING THE BUSINESS Cloud managers need to have a deep understanding of how cloud services can improve the business.

LEADERSHIP The ability to convince others to make the leap to cloud computing.

INNOVATION Being open to exploring the newest cloud-based technologies and services.

RISK-TAKING Cloud computing requires IT execs who are willing to take risks for the overall betterment of the company.

 

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