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Summary of #CloudCareers Twitter Chat

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13th Jul 2012
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CloudStory’s first Twitter Chat on #CloudCareers was very well received by the community. The hashtag #CloudCareers trended in Bangalore. And, we thank our panelists @sureshsambandam@cheezo and @harish11g for actively taking part and contributing.Below is a snapshot of what happened during the Twitter Chat:

Q1: How can developers get started with Cloud?

Here are the answers from the panelists:

@Janakiramm A1: Developers should get familiar with the new set of Cloud APIs

@Janakiramm A1: They need to choose the right platform and understand the development and deployment models of that

@Janakiramm A1: They need to understand what statelessness, async and parallelization mean

@cheezo ‪A1: There are a lot of articles available on net. Developers should read about virtualization IaaS PaaS and SaaS

@sureshsambandam A1: Cloud is an architectural change. Developers have to start with understanding that first

@harish11g A1: In IAAS – Get deeper understanding of the technologies and services used in the backend

@Janakiramm A1: Web Services and REST concepts are essential even before getting started with Cloud development

Q2: Should developers learn only PAAS?

Here is what the panelists had to say about this one:

@janakiramm: A2: Developers can target IaaS, PaaS or even SaaS. But PaaS is more targeted at developers

@Janakiramm A2: Even http://Salesforce.com and Google Apps are programmable and have APIs. But it depends on the use case

@cheezo A2: Developers should not restrict themselves to any specific layer of the cloud while focus on gaining knowledge

@cheezo A2: Developers should evaluate what service satisfies their need. If its PaaS learn Paas but don't restrict

@harish11g A2: Depends more on the problem, some use cases better fit PAAS and some IAAS

‏@sureshsambandam A2: There will be situations to go to ‪IaaS instead of ‪PaaS‪

@sureshsambandam A2: It is like resorting to C++ even during peak times of Java

Q3: What are the certifications available in Cloud?

This one generated some interesting responses from the panelists.

@sureshsambandam A3: I am not a believer of Certifications in the 1st. Ignoring that fact, I believe it is too early for Certifications

‏@sureshsambandam A3: vendors are still aggressively fighting in the ‪Cloud market. Certifications starts when mainstream adoption happens.

@harish11g A3: Cloud Job availability is driven from Cloud Providers, System Integrators and Customers as well

@Janakiramm A3: For beginners, COMPTIA has a certification - http://certification.comptia.org/getcertified/c …

@cheezo A3: I repeat. Don't think courses/certifications. Think Hacking

Q4: I am a sales and marketing professional, what can I do with Cloud?

Here is what the panelists had to say about this:

‏@sureshsambandam A4: Cloud will change selling to buying through self services. That means more marketing and less selling

‏@sureshsambandam A4: For ‪SaaS marketing will create awareness customers will try and buy. Less of selling.

‏@sureshsambandam A4: For ‪PaaS marketing and evangelists will create awareness and developers will hack and build

@Janakiramm A4: Reselling Cloud Services is going to be a big deal in the future.

@janakiramm A4: If you are good at selling, you can sell Cloud services of the vendors or migration services of solution providers

@janakiramm A4: Value Added Resellers (VAR) will need sales & marketing professionals to sell their Cloud related services

@janakiramm A4: Know the basic concepts and terminology even if you are aspiring for a sales & marketing job related to the Cloud

@janakiramm A4: With the Cloud, vendor lock-in is low & everything is self service. Keep that in mind while selling

Q5: I am a Java Developer, what Cloud should I target?

Here are the responses from the panelists:

@cheezo A5: Quite a few options in PaaS - Google App Engine, Elastic Beanstalk, Cloud Foundry, Azure etc.

@sureshsambandam A5: cloud will be composition of services, there will be lot of demand for JavaScript than Java

@sureshsambandam A5: In the short term, java developers should look at App Engine, Cloud Foundry

@harish11g A5: Java developers can easily get into AWS , Rackspace ,VMforce ,Cloudbees etc

@Janakiramm A5: Java developers can learn any of the modern PaaS offerings like AWS BeanStalk, Azure, Heroku, Cloud Foundry & OpenShift

@Janakiramm A5: Java developers have many choices of Cloud offerings for them :)

Q6: I am a .NET developer, what cloud should I target?

Here is what the panelists had to say:

@cheezo A6: for .NET development - Azure, Elastic Beanstalk or any IaaS provider

@janakiramm: A6: If it is .NET, it is a no-brainer - It is Windows Azure :)

@sureshsambandam A6: Not much choice. Go to Azure.

@harish11g A6: Net developers can easily adopt into Azure and AWS cloud

The Twitter Chat #CloudCareers also generated some very interesting questions from the audience, and as a follow up to this response, we are hosting a “Cloud Careers Webinar” on 25th July with some of the senior industry folks. Stay tuned to know more!

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