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How to Land a Job in Cloud Computing

These 9 tips can help you transition from a traditional IT role to a lucrative position in cloud computing.PreviousNext

As enterprises migrate a constantly expanding number of their workloads to the cloud, they need an ever-increasing number of IT professionals with cloud computing skills. That’s driving up cloud salaries and attracting more job applicants.

According to PayScale, the average U.S. salary for workers with cloud computing skills is $122,000. And the Robert Half Technology 2019 Technology and IT Salary Guide reported, “Cloud architects, cloud systems engineers and cloud developers are among the roles in high demand.” It also noted that cloud computing analysts near the top of their profession are earning between $118,00 and $159,500 per year.

Similarly, Global Knowledge is reporting very high salaries for cloud-related certifications. In fact, in its list of 15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2019, three of the top five were related to cloud computing. In fifth place, AWS Certified Developer Associate certification pays an average salary of $130, 369, and fourth place went to AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate with an average salary of $132,840. At the very top of the chart, the Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect certification pays an average of $139,529, which was good enough for first place.

It isn’t just the money that’s attracting IT professionals to the cloud. Today, a wide variety of roles are requiring cloud expertise. Developers, database administrators, systems administrators, even help desk professionals are expected to have some knowledge of cloud computing. IT pros who don’t have cloud experience or skills on their resume might find it difficult to find a new job.

For IT staffers, then, it’s really a carrot-and-stick situation. The possibility of higher pay is the carrot that makes moving into a cloud computing role desirable, and the threat of potential irrelevance is the stick that makes it seem necessary.

However, figuring out how to transition from a traditional IT position to a cloud computing role isn’t always easy. If your day job doesn’t require working with the cloud, how do you go about getting the abilities you need to get a job in cloud computing?

The following slides offer nine tips for obtaining a cloud-related position.

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Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full BioPreviousNext

Stay Green Inc. Named to Industry Leader List

Lawn and Landscape have named Stay Green Inc. a top landscaping company in North America

Being among the top 100 landscape companies in North America comes as a result of the efforts of every team member, every day, to uphold the values of service and customer care that we strive to achieve for every client.

Stay Green Inc., a Southern California-based landscape industry leader, has once again been named to Lawn and Landscape Magazine’s list of the Top 100 landscaping companies in North America.

“This is an incredible achievement for our entire team,” said Stay Green CEO Chris Angelo. “While we’ve been successful in growing Stay Green over the past several years, the fact remains that we always have been, and remain, a family-owned business and we still operate on those values. We’re proud of every one of our more than 300 team members who contribute to this success each and every day, in eight counties throughout Southern California.”

Lawn and Landscape, a publication geared toward landscape industry professionals, has released the Top 100 list annually for more than two decades, and Stay Green has appeared on the list multiple times. Stay Green is ranked No. 81 on this year’s list and holding steady, having been ranked No. 80 last year.

The Top 100 report in the May issue noted Stay Green’s recent acquisition of Pacific Crest Landscape of Orange County, part of the company’s efforts to broaden its Southern California footprint and connect with markets that are a good match for Stay Green’s services.

“Being among the top 100 landscape companies in North America comes as a result of the efforts of every team member, every day, to uphold the values of service and customer care that we strive to achieve for every client,” Angelo said. “We’re in a very competitive industry, so when this sort of success is achieved, it tells you not just that your team is doing something right — they’re doing a lot of things right.”

Stay Green is one of 14 California-based companies on the list, the most of any state, for the 10th consecutive year. All told, the 100 companies on the list generated $10.2 billion in revenue in 2018, an increase of 6.27% from 2017. The list, which ranks companies based on revenue from landscape profit centers, includes companies from 27 states as well as three from Canada.

In the written introduction to the Top 100 report in the magazine’s May issue, T.J. Landrum, vice president of marketing for gasoline engines with Top 100 sponsor Kohler Co., noted that 11 new companies cracked the Top 100 this year.

“In a rapidly changing environment, with challenges around every corner, it is inspiring to see the hard work of so many businesses paying off with such impressive growth,” Landrum said. “We congratulate all of Lawn Landscape’s readers for your dedication to advancing the industry.”

The family-owned Stay Green headquarters are in Santa Clarita, and its more than 300 employees serve clients throughout Southern California including Kern County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, Riverside County and San Diego County.

About Stay Green

Founded in 1970, Stay Green Inc. ( provides award-winning landscape maintenance, tree care, and plant health care services for premiere residential, commercial and industrial properties throughout Southern California. Stay Green serves clients throughout Southern California, and exercises environmental stewardship through its Sustainability Practices, which are applied across all service lines to help customers protect the environment as well as the bottom line. Stay Green Inc. is recognized as a leading provider of high-quality landscape services, having achieved a 95 percent customer retention rate, along with receiving the industry’s most prestigious awards.

Exploring the journey from cloud to AI – with a few big data bumps along the way

The potential of cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) is irresistible. Cloud represents the backbone for any data initiative, and then AI technologies can be used to derive key insights for both greater business intelligence and topline revenue. Yet AI is only as good as the data strategy upon which it sits.

At the AI Big Data Expo in Amsterdam today, delegates were able to see that the proof of the pudding was in the eating through NetApp’s cloud and data fabric initiatives, with Dreamworks Animation cited as a key client who was able to transform its operations.

For the cloud and AI melting pot, however, there are other steps which need to be taken. Patrick Slavenburg, a member of the IoT Council, opened the session with an exploration of how edge computing was taking things further. As Moore’s Law finally begins to run out of steam, Slavenburg noted there are up to 70 startups working solely on new microprocessors today. 

Noting how technology history tends to repeat itself, he added today is a heyday for microprocessing architecture for the first time since the 1970s. The key aspect for edge here is being able to perform deep learning at that architectural level, with the algorithms being more lightweight.

Florian Feldhaus, enterprise solutions architect at NetApp, sounded out that data was the key to running AI. According to IDC, by 2020 90% of corporate strategies will explicitly mention data as a critical enterprise asset, and mention analytics as an essential competency. “Wherever you store your data, however you manage it, that’s the really important piece to get the benefits of AI,” he explained.

The industry continues to insist that it is a multi-cloud, hybrid cloud world today. It is simply no longer a choice between Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform (GCP), but assessing which workloads fit which cloud. This is also the case in terms of what your company’s data scientists are doing, added Feldhaus. Data scientists need to use data wherever they want, he said – use it in every cloud and move the data around to make it available to them.

“You have to fuel data-driven innovation on the world’s biggest clouds,” said Feldhaus. “There is no way around the cloud.” With AI services available in seconds, this was a key point in terms of getting to market. It is also the key metric for data scientists, he added.

NetApp has been gradually moving away from its storage heritage to focus on its ‘data fabric’ offering – an architecture which offers access to data across multiple endpoints and cloud environments, as well as on-premises. The company announced yesterday an update to its data fabric, with greater integration across Google’s cloud as well as support for Kubernetes.

Feldhaus noted the strategy was based on NetApp ‘wanting to move to the next step’. Dreamworks was one customer looking at this future, with various big data pipelines allied with the need to process data in a short amount of time.

Ultimately, if organisations want to make the most of the AI opportunity – and time is running out for laggards – then they need their data strategy sorted out. Yes, not everything can be moved to the cloud and some legacy applications need a lot of care and attention, but a more streamlined process is possible. Feldhaus said NetApp’s data fabric had four key constituents; discovering the data, activating it, automating, and finally optimising. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their experiences and use-cases? Attend the Cyber Security Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam to learn more.

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