It is one of the biggest trends redefining enterprise IT in 2018 and is seeing a growing adoption across enterprises, SMBs and government agencies in India. We are talking about cloud computing that plays a significant role in IT infrastructure – and the cloud ecosystem in India is only expanding with the newest entrant Google joining the fray last year by opening its first data centre in Mumbai.
Close on the heels of Google, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Cloud entered the Indian market last year, rivalling leading players Amazon Web Services & Microsoft by unveiling its data centre in Mumbai. The growing number of cloud providers underscore the rapid growth of Indian economy, fueled by the rise of new-age Indian companies and startups providing SaaS that are looking for low latency on traffic.
According to a TechSci Research report, titled the Indian Cloud Computing Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020, the cloud services market in India is forecasted to grow at over a CAGR of 22% between until 2020. The main reasons for growth of cloud services in India are the rising availability of cloud services at economical price models and the ease of implementation. Besides, an increased government spending on new e-governance projects based on cloud technology has also been cited as a driver for cloud computing services in India.
With cloud taking over the enterprise computing market, the demand for professionals clearly outweighs the supply. In India, cloud computing is billed to generate 1.1 million jobs by 2022. Keeping in line with the current business trends, Great Lakes launched a PG Program in Cloud Computing (PGP-CC) – a comprehensive, 6-month online program geared towards retooling the workforce with cloud computing skills. The current job openings are often linked to AWS skills and DevOps automation tools and the course does a deep dive into these components.
Even though there are a bunch of industry certification programs from AWS, IBM, Microsoft & VMware – the courseware only tends to focus on the core product and vendor-specific tracks while Great Learning PGP in Cloud Computing goes well beyond the basics of hardware and cloud architecture to focus on networking, virtual machines & containers to help build a successful career in cloud.
Cloud Computing In A Nutshell
According to the market leader in cloud computing AWS, cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of database storage, applications and other IT resources through a cloud services platform via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing. A major advantage is that companies don’t have to make a massive upfront investment in hardware and spend a lot of time on heavy lifting of managing that hardware. According to IDC Research, the benefits of cloud computing are manifold, firstly it enables an increase in IT innovation, which in turn supports business innovation that leads to accelerated development schedules, faster project completion and shorter time to market for new products.
In view of the recent growth in this arena, career opportunities in cloud computing are increasing by the day. The IDC research cited that Salesforce, a global leader in CRM, will create over 1.1 million jobs and contribute $17.2 billion in new business revenues to the Indian economy by 2022.
By 2022, the Salesforce partner ecosystem in India would gain $5.6 for every dollar Salesforce makes. “The Salesforce economy report reinstates our commitment to the Indian market, creating over 1.1 million jobs. This will produce a cascading effect significantly contributing to the growth of the Indian economy,” said Sunil Jose, Senior Area Vice President & Country Leader, Salesforce India.
These are the jobs where Cloud Computing skills are leveraged:
- Solutions Architect
- Technical Architect
- IT Architect
- Enterprise Architect
- Cloud Administrator
- Cloud DevOps Engineer
Some of the leading employers are market leader Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, Saleforce.com, HPE followed by Google & Alibaba Cloud.
Great Lakes PGP in Cloud Computing Can Help Make A Cloud-first Career
Want to build your skills as a Cloud Architect and want to be thoroughly well-versed in cloud management, applications and processes as well as popular cloud platforms? If you have basic knowledge of systems, deploying applications and networking and would like to upgrade your skills with an industry recognized certification, Great Lakes PGP in Cloud Computing, a 6 month comprehensive online course, delivered in partnership with Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology is aimed at IT professionals with 3-year experience in areas such as testing/assurance, database administration and technology infrastructure management.
Besides building a solid foundation in cloud essentials, cloud architecture, cloud services and deployment, DevOps, virtual machines & containers, migration & economics – the program will prepare the learners to become an AWS-certified professional and become familiar with AWS functionality. The comprehensive program is backed by hands-on project that would help the learners become conversant with the technology and effectively design and recommend the right solution for a company’s IT needs.
The program faculty features industry’s leading names from cloud computing space with veterans from IBM, Dell, Microsoft, OpenStack and Alcatel-Lucent.
- Duration: 6 months
- Mode: Online (Live virtual classes on weekends)
- International Dual Certification: Great Lakes Institute of Management & Stuart School of Business, IIT Chicago
- Experiential Learning: Learners will have access to a Cloud Lab and will participate in hands-on projects to become comfortable with cloud environment
- Career Support: Resume workshops and interview preparation sessions
- Prerequisites: A minimum of 3 years of experience in a technology role which would include exposure to development, testing/quality assurance, maintenance, database administration, and technology infrastructure management, etc
- Fees: INR 1,25,000 + GST
- Application: Click here to know more
How a PGP in Cloud Computing Can Open New Career Opportunities
Right path to build a cloud career: With India set to become a global hub for cloud computing and major cloud vendors opening up their offices, there is an exponential need for trained resources, especially AWS professionals in the next five years. This industry-recognized certification with content specifically designed to address real-time challenges will help kick-start a career as a Cloud Administrator & DevOps Cloud Engineer.
Comprehensive Program: The program goes beyond course fundamentals and will help one become proficient in AWS & Microsoft Azure with a combination of expert presentations, hands-on labs and demos to become a cloud computing professional.
Great Learning advantage: In terms of credentials, Great Lakes has an excellent track record and has been consistently ranked in Top 10 institutes by Analytics India Magazine and has also been a preferred partner for technology professionals since the last 10 years. The institute has trained 5000+ students and has clocked 1.5 million+ learning hours so far.
Guided Learning: The PGP in Cloud Computing provides a structured way of teaching with content tailored around networking, distributed computing and programming and Python Scripting & Linux Shell Scripting.
Positive Industry Response: The PGP in Cloud Computing has received an excellent response from IT professionals. IT professional Venkat Ravikanth Parcha cited the excellent teaching and hands-on experience gained from the course and confidence on the AWS EC2 activities. Meanwhile Srikrishna Chaitanya shared, “Excellent ground level support to ensure that everyone understands the agenda of the course. It is really appreciated the way program manager supported us during LAB session. It is extraordinary. He organized things very well. Thanks”.
Great Learning scores over vendor certifications: There is definitely immense career scope for cloud computing in India. And even though there are slew of industry certifications, they don’t provide a structured way of learning and only cover specialization for one specific technology (for e.g. RedHat Linux). Meanwhile, the PGP in Cloud Computing covers the fundamentals and also provides career support in the form of interview prep and resume workshops.
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Richa Bhatia is a seasoned journalist with six-years experience in reportage and news coverage and has had stints at Times of India and The Indian Express. She is an avid reader, mum to a feisty two-year-old and loves writing about the next-gen technology that is shaping our world.