Almost three-quarters of corporations now have at least one of their applications in the cloud, and 2016 will see cloud investments continue to rise as firms strive to transform business processes through speed of deployment, lower costs and enablement of business continuity. With 2015 being an exciting year for cloud computing, contractors and permanent employees in the UK and central Europe will again be able to reap the benefits of a thriving market over the next 12 months, as many of the top IT certifications will be directly related to the cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.
Both large organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises are only just beginning to realise the versatility and power of cloud resources, and many will soon require skilled cyber security experts to guard against hacking and other such attacks. Protecting digital assets and meeting compliance regulations is now of the utmost importance to both corporations and their customers, so professionals with the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium ((ISC)2) Certified Cloud Security Professional (CSSP) certification, which has been developed by (ISC)2 and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), will be able to take advantage of the growing demand for security expertise across the globe. A brand new Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Certified Cybersecurity Practitioner CSX certification will also be sought after by employers that require workers to protect and recover systems affected by digital sabotage.
According to cloud technology magazine Cloud Computing Intelligence, cloud security, virtualisation, migration and Linux are currently the most in-demand cloud skills. Virtualisation is increasingly important as businesses want to optimise their use of security capacity by using a single server for multiple virtual workloads. Workers with Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions certification will be able to prosper as firms look to migrate traditional on-site infrastructure to hybrid, private and public cloud solutions. Those with Linux expertise and a Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC): Linux Server Professional Certification will also be sought after in 2016 as 20 per cent of Azure virtual machines are still running on the free, open source software.
SaaS subscription revenue is set to surpass $106 billion (£72billion) this year according to a study by investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, and security is not the only area where talented contract and temporary workers will be able to make use of their skill sets; desktop application is set to be see the biggest rise in revenue this year, followed by storage management, database management systems, application development and enterprise process applications, indicating that professionals across Europe can look forward to job opportunities in a wide range of cloud computing disciplines in 2016.