Cloud jobs in New Zealand
Cloud vendors are providing an increasing range of services to replace traditional business processes and architecture. In response to the changing IT landscape, the New Zealand government have introduced a “Cloud First” policy:
“Cabinet’s Cloud First policy requires agencies to adopt cloud services in preference to traditional IT systems because they are more cost effective, agile, are generally more secure, and provide greater choice…Cabinet requires agencies to adopt cloud services in preference to traditional IT systems”
The rise in popularity of cloud computing is due to a number of factors. The main benefit is efficiency gains for the enterprise. In the cloud, software can run at huge scale, for less expense, at a higher rate of availability and performance. Business owners no longer need to worry about maintaining an in-house data centre.
This is a hot area in New Zealand and cloud skills are in high demand.
Cloud industry in New Zealand
Enterprise IT is in the process of transitioning to outsourced public cloud models.
Whilst not every enterprise can move to the public cloud overnight, the trend is now established and the rate of change towards a service-based computing is spectacular. Who would have thought that Amazon, the online shopping retailer, would also become a world leading web services company in such a short space of time? As trust issues around data are resolved New Zealand government departments, such as the Department of Internal Affairs, are signing up to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Likewise, business such as Xero and Air New Zealand have made major investments in cloud strategies. Many other business and government entities are adopting hybrid models, which mix enterprise IT with cloud services.
Given this much change, the outlook for cloud professionals in New Zealand is stellar.
Personal traits of cloud professionals
There are many varied roles within cloud computing, however most jobs descriptions in this field tend to require similar personal traits.
You need to be comfortable with change and be future-focused as cloud computing is a fast-moving and innovative area. The companies you work for are typically migrating away from more traditional computing models.
As with any major change process, good communication skills are a must. New cloud models need to be sold to the business and to end-users who may be more familiar with legacy in-house systems. Given cloud computing is not just a set of technologies but a new way of operating a business, cloud computing professionals are expected to be able to effectively communicate with people across the business.
Cloud computing involves a combination of technologies and you will need to build productive relationships with numerous vendors. Good negotiation skills are a bonus as vendors’ interests and those of the business are not always aligned.
A good understanding of system architecture and business processes are required as cloud computing integrates these elements.
Big systems tend to be long-term undertakings, so good planning skills are needed. Even small scale applications will likely involve complex business requirements, such as data policy, system security, business risk and system availability considerations.
Technical proficiency is a core requirement. People with backgrounds in:
- software engineering,
- network administration,
- system architecture and
- security can transition into cloud roles.
More specifically, the most popular platforms in New Zealand are provided by Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Oracle.
Cloud Developer Roles
Developers working on cloud systems need a mix of high level and technical skills. A good understanding of distributed systems is essential.
More specifically, AWS is one of the most sought-after skillsets. Microsoft Azure is also gaining ground. However, if job candidates know their way around cloud technologies, regardless of environment, then they should apply for roles. SQL, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database are common database platform skills, whilst Java, .Net, Ruby and PHP are popular languages.
Migration roles typically involve knowledge of different cloud architecture environments, data centre automation and virtualization. Professionals involved in migration work assist with migration strategies, define delivery architecture and create migration plans.
Qualifications in this area include MCSE: Private Cloud and Specialist: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions certification courses.
Cloud security professionals are typically involved in network and firewall configurations, configuring scanners, deploying agents and implementing best security practices.
ISC2’s Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) is a useful qualification. Skills in data security, platform and infrastructure security and compliance are also required. Candidates would benefit from showing practical experience with vulnerability assessments and intrusion detection.
Database Engineering & Support Roles
Database engineers provide technical support to those who build the applications. They typically need experience in tuning databases and database management systems, virtualization technology and be familiar with the web services platform being used.
Common qualifications include the Oracle Database Cloud Administration and the Microsoft Private Cloud certifications.
However, experience is your most valuable asset. If you would like to discuss your next move in cloud computing, talk to us today.
- Cloud computing trends 2017 – a look at the latest trends in cloud computing.
- Cloud computing code of practice New Zealand – a code of practice whereby cloud service providers benchmark and demonstrate their practices, processes and ethics via an independent third party.