5 Essential Cloud Computing Skills Every IT Professional Needs

5 Essential Cloud Computing Skills Every IT Professional Needs

There’s a cloud skill crisis happening right now. A recent report by OpsRamp revealed that as cloud-native architectures become more common, the skill gap for cloud professionals has widened to alarming levels. According to their survey of 124 IT managers, 94% said it’s at least “somewhat difficult” to find skilled candidates in cloud computing. Clearly, businesses need to adapt to the evolving landscape of IT and bring on a cloud-knowledgeable workforce.

It isn’t just a matter of hiring cloud geniuses, however – especially because in today’s competitive IT market, this can sometimes be impossible. IT managers should also focus on training their current staff in the necessary cloud skills. If your business has adopted a cloud architecture but hasn’t taught your employees how to work with it, your cloud-based projects will inevitably crash and burn. Similarly, if you are hiring cloud experts, you may not know which skills are important to look for.

Whether you’re training your current employees or bringing on new ones, we’ve compiled a list of 5 cloud skills that any IT professional should have. These skills are the backbone of any IT team member that works in the cloud, and should be in any cloud expert’s repertoire.

Cloud migration

A huge hurdle for businesses adopting a cloud solution is migrating all their data to the cloud. Businesses need to transfer enormous amounts of data from one infrastructure to another without losing any of it. IT teams should be familiar with what their cloud infrastructure looks like and where all the data is supposed to go. They should also know the procedures for bringing new data into the cloud by heart.

Cloud security

While most cloud platforms provide tools that automate security protocols for you, IT teams still need to understand the basics of cloud security. It’s not just up to security tools to keep data in the cloud secure. IT workers should become familiar with how their security tools work and the specific features of each. There are also cloud security certifications, such as CCSP, that indicate intricate knowledge of securing cloud data.

AWS/Azure/Google Cloud expertise

The top three cloud providers on the market are AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. Most businesses are using at least one of these cloud services, so being familiar with them is a big benefit. Ideally, a cloud professional would know each of these services inside out. Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all offer certifications that show IT managers you know how to operate in each environment.


There are plenty of tasks in the cloud space that can be automated. IT workers need to be able to set up these automated tasks and ensure that they work properly. This requires knowledge of how the cloud network is laid out, as well as how to program tasks in it. IT teams can draw from several parts of the cloud architecture to automate tasks across the entire cloud spectrum.

Machine learning and AI

Several of the top cloud providers have introduced machine learning and AI capabilities into their services. While knowing how to integrate machine learning and AI is important for IT teams, it’s also important to know what projects will benefit from them. Adding these systems doesn’t always benefit your workflows, so teams should learn how to get the best use out of them.

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Daniel Hein