A couple of weeks we sent out a press release on the role of the Cloud Architect becoming more significant in 2012. The twittersphere loved it and so did several cloud and tech websites. One website, bdaily, loved it so much that they asked us to expand on the press release and write a full article on the role of the Cloud Architect.
It’s been on their website since the beginning of March and here is that article in full:
Cloud Architects: The job of 2012?
Lee Durrant is the Managing Director of leading cloud recruitment company Resource on Demand. He asks: have we unearthed the job of 2012?
In our economy, jobs are a precious commodity, job security is scarce and the unemployment figures are rising. But in the Cloud Computing market we’re seeing year-on-year employment growth of 52.9% and the result of this is the mainstream spotlight turning its gaze to the cloud and the jobs that it has to offer.
It is only natural, therefore, that the hottest job on the market is a cloud role; and the role we believe is the job of 2012 is that of the Cloud Architect.
These individuals will be highly paid for their skill set, will be much sought-after and will bring great value and a pioneering spirit to their organisations. 2012 will be the year of the Cloud Architect and you could even say that they will be the new Investment Bankers.
Until as late as 2011, many technology roles weren’t specific. There was a tendency to have a monolithic technological guru in place, rather than several well positioned individuals with different but overlapping skills. The trend, which we’re beginning to see, is less towards broad generic tech roles, and more towards very well defined tech roles.
Cloud Architects are the epitome of this trend. In the face of a double-dip recession, organisations are looking for individuals who can influence and radically affect outcomes. Cloud Architects are people who can revolutionise the way an organisation works, whilst fundamentally improving their bottom line.
The role of a Cloud Architect differs from an Enterprise Architect. Cloud Architects would have all the skills of an Enterprise Architect, but would also have a fuller understanding of how to configure IT assets around the needs and demands of a business; as well as an in-depth grasp of service-oriented architecture.
Those wishing to be considered for Cloud Architect roles should also have full understanding of a myriad of cloud services, including Hybrid, Public and Private.
At Resource on Demand we have seen a renewed confidence in the hiring of cloud professionals and the number of clients opening their doors to us. The buoyancy of the cloud ecosystem shows no sign of letting up and is an encouraging sign for the UK economy.
Keep your eyes peeled for Cloud Architects, any company that embraces new technology will need a Cloud Architect to turn vision into profit.