Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills | 4/21/2017 | Staff
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Anyone looking to deploy cloud in any meaningful way will struggle to find skilled practitioners. It's a situation faced by so many enterprises, no matter what cloud system is being deployed.

Microsoft recently bewailed the lack of cloud skills and it's been an issue long highlighted by the Cloud Industry Forum, which is why it's keen to develop its own training courses.

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But this paucity of knowledge is being particularly felt when it comes to cloud-native deployments. Cloud native is one of those vague buzzwords that can mean what any vendor wants it to mean but the underlying principle is that it's about building cloud-specific applications and not moving existing applications to cloud service providers. It's an approach that's fundamental to digital transformation (to quote another popular buzzphrase) of businesses.

It's one thing wanting to go down this transformation path, it's another thing to have the means to do it. According to a report last year from the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the lack of cloud skills was having an impact on businesses' ability to adapt to cloud in a "truly transformative way". The report found that companies were struggling to hire new developers, meaning that key projects were being neglected.

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The Cloud Foundry Foundation therefore recently introduced cloud-native developer certification – the Cloud Foundry Certified Developer programme – that will be delivered with the Linux Foundation.

Abby Kearns, executive director for the Cloud Foundry Foundation, reckons certification takes developers a major step forward.

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"Strong adoption of CF in the enterprise with developers who understand cloud apps but don't understand cloud-native best practices," she said. "They need to truly understand what it means to be cloud native – understand all that goodness we're given – all the attributes...
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