For this blog I’ve signed up with countless PR groups and agencies to be kept abreast of IT certification stuff. More frequently than I expect, this link-up actually produces useful information, as a recent email from Waggener-Edstrom (Microsoft’s PR agency, among others) reminded me. It pointed to a new Microsoft Learning White Paper entitled “Cloud Computing: What IT Professionals Need to Know,” which indeed includes oodles of info about cloud-based or -related technology offerings from Microsoft, job skills profiles, and interesting coverage of how these things tie into Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service (PaaS and SaaS, respectively).
The conclusion of this paper reads as follows, and sums up its content and coverage nicely:
As is historically true, the world of IT is changing. Those who discover and master the skills needed to bridge the gap between the now and the not yet will secure their future — and the future of their companies.
Though it does include plenty of focus on and coverage of Microsoft-specific cloud tools and technologies, these occur more by way of illustration and example than by way of “the hard sell” in this paper. Anybody who’s curious about what you do need to know to work with cloud technologies, and where they fit into the overall framework of current and future IT practice could do a lot worse than to read this white paper. I would have liked something with more focus on IT certification, but you can also find a specific “Microsoft Cloud Services: Training and Certification” page on the MS Learning site to identify cloud-related courses and credentials. After reading the white paper you’ll be able to make more sense of those things, and better able to relate them to current or desired job roles as well.