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Essential Skills for Cloud Architects

Published: 05 June 2023


Gartner finds that having a cloud architect on board throughout the cloud computing journey is one of the key ingredients for successful cloud adoption. Here, we identify the business, interpersonal and technical skills necessary for I&O technical professionals to step into such a role.

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Key Findings
  • Cloud adoption is a multiyear process that often starts with a cloud architect. The cloud architect leads a cloud center of excellence (CCOE), or other cloud enterprise architecture function, that spreads expertise through the organization and empowers IT and the business to adopt cloud services through governance, brokerage and transformation.

  • Cloud architects should have a blend of technical, interpersonal and business skills. Above all, they need to have great collaboration and engagement skills to influence and connect with other architecture roles in the organization.

  • Cloud architects have three main responsibilities: developing a cloud strategy and driving the adoption process; leading

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  • Cloud Governance
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Cloud Foundational Services
  • Cloud Security
  • Enterprise Integration
  • Platform Engineering
  • Cloud Operations
  • Cloud Economics
  • Program Leadership and Delegation
  • Company and Vertical Experience
  • Managing Distributed Cloud
  • Managing Edge Computing


Ajay Chauhan Ang Troy

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