Cloud technology creates new opportunities and job roles, but it also impacts current ones.

We recommend that you start by building skills that apply to both on-premise computing and cloud computing. If you already have on-premise skills, you can enhance your skill set to include cloud computing. Consult the following tables for guidance on where to get started.

 

From infrastructure specialist to data center operations management

As an administrator, you’re in charge of design, configuration, and maintenance. As a Windows Server administrator, you’ll need to reposition your skills for the hosted data center, so that you can work in standardized environments, with standardized applications. You’ll be monitoring, provisioning, and managing the data center with Microsoft System Center.

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From developer to cloud developer

As a cloud developer, you’ll need to understand how applications are designed, developed, and deployed for platform as a service (PaaS). You’ll focus on innovation and integration, and you’ll work more closely with business units to help them increase productivity. Consider expanding your skills to include identity and access control, through Windows Communication Foundation, and HTML5, to provide richer websites without the need for third-party plug-ins.

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From database developer to data steward

As you move from your role as database administrator to data steward in a cloud environment, you’ll need to be able to design and manage databases anywhere. Being able to architect a cloud strategy and identify data to move to cloud storage will be important skills as you work with SQL Azure cloud-based relational database services built on Microsoft SQL Server technologies.

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From administrator to Office 365 administrator

As an IT administrator, you’ve probably specialized in a particular technology, such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, or Microsoft Lync. As a Microsoft Office 365 administrator, you’ll build on this expertise as you move from an on-premise deployment model to a public cloud model. You’ll need to develop your planning, design, and infrastructure skills to migrate, deploy, and administer a hosted Office 365 solution.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010:

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Microsoft SharePoint 2010

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Microsoft Lync Server 2010

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