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Cloud systems engineers & cloud architects most in-demand roles

Sarah Schlothauer
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Did you know that 86% of enterprises have more than a quarter of their IT infrastructure running in cloud environments? Read some of the takeaways that IT leaders revealed in the report ‘Adapt or Perish: The OpsRAmp Report on Modern IT Operations in the Digital Age’. Find out what top talent is looking for and what hurdles companies are facing when it comes to IT modernization.

AIOps platform OpsRamp conducted a survey focusing on IT operations teams in the hybrid, multi-cloud, and digital environments. The subsequent report ‘Adapt or Perish: The OpsRamp Report on Modern IT Operations in the Digital Age‘ looks at the data and discusses the key takeaways.

The survey asked 250 respondents who work at the IT manager level or above in the United States. Let’s find out what IT leaders revealed.

Shifting to the cloud

Enterprises are packing their bags and moving to the cloud. The survey reveals that 86% of enterprises have more than a quarter of their IT infrastructure running in cloud environments.

A full 7% of IT infrastructure is completely in the cloud.

Rapid adoption also means that companies need employees and candidates with the right skill set in order to drive the future of multi-cloud services and infrastructure.

The cloud is hiring

In the past, OpsRamp reported that there was a “cloud skills crisis“. According to their December 2018 report, companies were struggling to fill their cloud skills gap when looking for new hires. Is this still the case nearly a year later?

In 2019, cloud certifications are still in demand. From the report:

The rapid adoption of public cloud services has led to increased demand for IT staff with relevant cloud certifications. IT executives are investing in cloud certifications to build the right skills and knowledge across their technical teams. Global Knowledge found that technologists with virtualization and cloud computing certifications got paid an average salary of $127,000 in 2019.

Currently, the top two most in-demand IT operations roles are cloud systems engineers and cloud architects.

The future looks solid. An update to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide claims that worldwide public cloud spending will grow to nearly $500 billion in 2023.

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What’s the best skill to pay the bills? DevOps specialists are still the top earners, according to the Stack Overflow 2019 Developer Survey.

Hiring the cream of the crop

The key to hiring top talent is no secret; workers want a paycheck that reflects their skill level and work.

OpsRamp reports that competitive salaries is the number one way to attract the best IT pros for the job.

This ranked highest on the list, above access to innovative technology, strategic business initiatives, industry event sponsorships, formal mentorship, or the ability to contribute to open source projects.

From the report:

IT organizations will need to pay competitive remuneration, provide access to modern technologies, let staff work on interesting problems, and sponsor attendance at industry events to hire and retain elite talent.

On-the-job training is important to employees too. In order to retain skilled workers, IT leaders should offer training programs and technical certifications. Both the company and the individual worker will see positive results.

Less money, more problems

Why isn’t every company embracing IT modernization? The biggest hurdle is the all-mighty dollar.

According to the survey, budget concerns and lack of resources are holding teams back. IT teams have more responsibilities than ever and use more complex technology. However, they do not have enough staff or money to handle the crunch.

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So, even though a bigger paycheck is the best way to attract talent, it is also the most difficult solution to provide. A full two-thirds of IT budgets, according to the Digital Enterprise Journal, are used just to maintain services. This doesn’t leave much left over for innovation.

Money doesn’t affect just modernization and hiring decisions. The cost of running IT operations is the leading metric for measuring IT operations effectiveness. The report suggests “… modern infrastructure leaders will need to shift their focus from maintenance activities to high-value products and services that grow and transform the business.”

Read the full report and see what other takeaways IT leaders revealed (input of personal data required).

Sarah Schlothauer

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Sarah Schlothauer is the editor for She received her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband and cat where she enjoys reading, writing, and medieval reenactment. She is also the editor for Conditio Humana, an online magazine about ethics, AI, and technology.

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