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Work and Career Strategies for I&O Professionals Transitioning to the Cloud

Published: 28 March 2018

ID: G00350029

Analyst(s): Angelina Troy , Matthew Brisse


Moving IT services to IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud providers profoundly affects IT roles and responsibilities. This analysis provides guidance for technical professionals focused on I&O on how to transition to new cloud roles, hone required skills and build a career strategy for staying relevant.

Table Of Contents


  • How IT Service Migrations to Public Clouds Impact I&O Jobs and Roles
  • How Does Cloud Migration Affect IT Skills Requirements?
  • Career Survival Strategies for the Cloud Era
    • Strategy 1: Do Nothing (Stay in Current Role, Deepening Skills)
    • Strategy 2: Pursue a New Technical Staff Role and/or New Technical Skills
    • Strategy 3: Stay in Current Role and Build "Soft" Nontechnical/Business Skills
    • Strategy 4: Prepare for New or Emerging Management Roles
  • How to Gain Experience for Your Next Role?
  • Certifications Are Key for a Successful Transition
  • How Much Will Cloud Architects Make Compared With On-Premises Architects?
  • You Must Take Responsibility for Your Own Career Planning and the Appropriate Training
  • Rethink Your Career Trajectory Now, Because the Cloud Migration Trend Is Accelerating
  • Don't Do It Alone
  • Perform a Gap Analysis of Your Current Skills
  • Build Your Own Individual Development Plan to Collect Missing Skills
  • Stay Connected
  • No Matter the Career Strategy You Pick, Broaden Nontechnical Skills and Invest in Building Management Skills and Competencies


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