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Closing the Cloud Skills Gap

Scott Lowe
September 18, 2014

Closing the Cloud Skills Gap

This presentation was given in Dallas, Chicago, and Phoenix in September 2014, and provides some guidelines on how to close the skills gap around cloud computing.

Scott Lowe

September 18, 2014

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  1. Closing the Cloud Skills Gap How we can prepare ourselves

    for a future where cloud computing is even more pervasive Scott Lowe, VCDX 39 vExpert, Author, Blogger, Geek http://blog.scottlowe.org / Twitter: @scott_lowe Colossians 3:17 NIV
  2. Before going any further • Get involved! Audience participation is

    encouraged and requested. • If you use Twitter, feel free to tweet about this session (use @VMUGPhoenix, @MyVMUG or hashtag #PHXVMUG) • I encourage you to take photos or videos of today’s session and share them online • This presentation will be made available online after the event
  3. •50% of businesses believe cloud computing is a high priority

    •Cloud-related jobs expected to grow 26% annually •Virtually all IT job growth will be in cloud-related roles •An estimated 7 million cloud-related jobs in IT worldwide by 2015 (These statistics taken from an early 2013 IDC white paper available at http:// www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/download/presskits/learning/docs/idc.pdf) The problem
  4. “Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this skills

    gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills, which haven’t been needed in the past” — Cushing Anderson, IDC
  5. •On-demand self-service •Resource pooling •Rapid elasticity •Measured service •Broad network

    access (Taken from http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-145/SP800-145.pdf) NIST definition of cloud computing
  6. According to the 2013 IDC white paper, these skills were

    ranked as most important: 1. Risk management 2. IT service management 3. Project/program management 4. Business-IT alignment 5. Technical skills in cloud implementation Job skills needed in a cloud computing environment
  7. A sidebar on business-IT alignment •Talk to the business: Find

    out what their goals are, and think about how IT can help achieve those goals. •Don’t use IT jargon: The business doesn’t care about IOPS, RAM, GHz, TB/PB, SAN, NAS, NFS, or VTEPs. They care about meeting their business goals. •Try to say “Yes”: Don’t tell the business “No,” instead tell them how you can help solve their problems.
  8. •First and foremost: I’m not saying you all need to

    become programmers! •You do need to understand the basics •Challenges in moving from development to production and the evolution of solutions to the problem (DevOps) •Tools like Vagrant •Git (or other version control system) Software development basics
  9. •It’s becoming increasingly pervasive •It’s the foundation for many cloud-related

    technologies •It’s an inexpensive solution for a variety of issues •Key things: •Pick a distribution (Ubuntu and Red Hat/CentOS seem to capture most of the mindshare) •Figure out how to do common tasks (DHCP, DNS, firewall, web server, proxy, etc.) Linux
  10. •Automation and orchestration are “force multipliers” •Automation and orchestration can

    take many different forms •Scripting languages like PowerShell, Perl, Python, or Ruby •Configuration management tools like Puppet, Chef, Salt, or Ansible •Orchestration tools like vCenter Orchestrator, vCAC, or OpenStack •No more “hand crafted” efforts! Automation & orchestration tools
  11. •Public cloud may be the best fit for some business

    needs, and you need to know how public cloud services work •Some public cloud services include: •vCloud Air •AWS •GCE •Windows Azure •Remember: IT-business alignment is critical! Public cloud services
  12. Thank you! Don’t forget to rate this session and provide

    feedback (via mobile app, inside the program guide, or via link sent to your e-mail) Scott Lowe, VCDX 39 vExpert, Author, Blogger, Geek http://blog.scottlowe.org / Twitter: @scott_lowe Colossians 3:17 NIV