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JUNE 2017 2 www.InformationWeek.com C O N T E N T S P O T L I G H T N E X T » « P R E V I O U S 9 Cloud Skills IT Pros Need Now The rise of cloud computing has been a game-changer not only for businesses, but also for IT pros looking to stay relevant. We outline the must-have skills you need to compete. By Andrew Froehlich C loud computing is a huge part of IT, and its growth shows no sign of slowing down. As an IT professional, it makes sense to start looking into obtaining skills in different aspects of cloud technologies to further your career. Here, we've identified 9 of those skills. Keep in mind, we're not suggesting that all IT pros are going to be working for a service provider one day. In reality, most will end up on the customer end of the cloud relationship. While some of the skills we mention would only be useful for IT pros working inside a cloud provider shop, they are also useful in giving customers insight into how the cloud operates. The areas of cloud computing we've identified are technologies that have the potential for high growth in the coming future. Certain spaces, such as big data and SDN, were originally projected to grow at a higher rate than they actually are. Note: Multiple responses allowed Data: UBM State of Cloud Computing Survey of 307 technology professionals at organizations that utilize or plan to use cloud computing, October 2016 Software as a service (applications delivered via cloud) Infrastructure as a service (storage or virtual servers delivered via cloud) Platform as a service (web platform delivered via cloud) Virtualization or private cloud technology used internally Cloud management or orchestration software Other 58% 49% 40% 28% 20% 3% Future Look at Cloud Computing Services in Use Which cloud computing technologies and services is your organization most likely to begin using in the next 12 months? P R O V I D E D B Y How to Solve the Enterprise Communications Crisis with an Open Cloud Strategy

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