While 2019's highest-paying IT certifications shows power of the cloud, Certified Google Cloud architects earn more than Amazon Web Services experts in the Microsoft Azure domain. Specialists in this field trail close behind. This leaves us with a question as skilling solution providers. That is how we can best ensure our customers get the best outcomes and dividends from the Cloud Boom. An industry which is representing hundreds of man-hours and paraphernalia for resumes, certifications held a dominant place in IT, dictating salaries and establishing technology's expert hierarchy. Globally, across IT, nearly 85% of professionals have at least one certification and more than half earned their most-recent credential in the past year, according to our analysis wherein we have got the survey from our clients as well. As technologies emerge, certifications are becoming a must-have, signaling potential employers the tools they're building on will be properly and effectively handled. While certifications have remained important in the technology industry, specialists have more options than in the past from our area of expertise. Previously, security which took an outsized role in the highest-paying certifications remains a dominant player with the Cloud. This is becoming more in sync demand and represents the certification with the highest salary.
Globally Cloud Architects are having the highest-paying certifications this year, bringing in average salaries of nearly $139,529 with the next closest industry-standards being PMP which earned salaries of $135,798 and were infact 2019's highest-paying certifications.
Yes we do insist on Certifications as a Skilling and Solution provider. However there is more to the IT pyramid than just certifications. That includes outcomes and credibility where we help companies get the best candidate’s via our strategic RPO based solutions for both mid and senior level talent.
The 2019's highest-paying certifications are as follows
From the above table it shows that Cloud computing makes up for four of the top 10 highest-paying certifications globally. However there is one anomaly. MCSE server infrastructure was retired in 2017 as Microsoft shifted to a niche role-based certification strategy and Microsoft is now featuring certifications with focus on Azure Administrator, Developer and Solutions Architect roles with MSCE where the Core Infrastructure is most-closely aligned with the previous server infrastructure certification.
Cloud at the Helm of Affairs
While the security industry is well-accustomed to rigid standards cloud technology is up-and coming and companies are still in the early days of adoption. A recent Forrester research estimates that more than 80% of company's applications still run on data centers. Companies have transformed a mere one-fifth of business-critical software applications for the hybrid cloud era.
Cloud delivery as a sector is working to ceaselessly certify professionals as a way to set a baseline for cloud technical skills. A leading driver of the certifications is the top cloud vendors:
- Amazon Web Services
- Microsoft Azure
- Google Cloud
- IBM Cloud
of which we can assist clients and our customers simultaneously. The cloud vendors have an agenda. Developers who use their tools act as system evangelists. As they move around from one company to the next, those specializing in a particular cloud vendor's technology can encourage adoption at a new company.
Our daily tracker which analyzes the technical skills showed that AWS cloud appeared on 30% of all job postings. This shows the need gap analysis that we need to do as a solution provider. While Microsoft Azure appeared on almost 17% of postings and Google Cloud was on just over 4% of postings. IBM which did not want to be left a laggard announced multiple new innovations on IBM Cloud this year that will help enterprises further derive complete value from their cloud offerings. The company launched IBM Cloud Private (ICP) as an offering to help organizations looking at a multi-cloud strategy. It provides a secure, enterprise-grade, compliance-ready and open platform with PaaS (Platform as a service) and developer services behind their firewall. Additionally, with the new Cloud Private for Data, an integrated data science, data engineering and app building platform companies can exploit event-driven applications capable of analyzing the torrents of data from things like IoT sensors, online commerce, mobile devices, and more. IBM also has Cloud Object Storage’ (COS) solution addresses the weaknesses of traditional storage options available today by offering a solution that helps enterprises manage data storage requirements while ensuring that productivity and cost considerations are optimally balanced.
The solution gives enterprises an option to choose a hybrid cloud model, with both on-premise and public cloud to cater to the growing demand for cloud and has been ceaselessly working towards building future-ready platforms for the new age businesses. It focuses around the core segments:
- From being enterprise strong,
- To help build organizations get value from their data and provide cloud system that encompasses a full range of cognitive abilities ranging from AI to machine learning and coupled with strong security,
- Serve Industry Capabilities and adhere to compliance capability.
The above picture shows Total Cloud revenues across Amazon, Microsoft and IBM and we see that IBM has already taken the lead significantly in a short launch. A year ago, the job ads would have primarily featured AWS, but there has been an increase in Microsoft Cloud skills in particular, according to Joe Nemer, technical writer and researcher at Cloud Academy. There is still a long way to go, but our impression and analysis is that "Certifications are becoming almost a must have arsenal."
It's not all upside down for certifications. In a Robert Half survey of 2,800 IT leaders nearly 54% of respondents said certifications are a "Valuable Asset," but only when they directly relate to the job a technologist is applying for. However nearly 39% of respondents say certifications will help set a candidate apart in the hiring process. However if the hiring market remains tight, employers will continue to look for talent without placing stringent requirements on certifications. The approach could also dictate tools based need adoption. If a company wants to move to the cloud, they could select a vendor based on the experts available for which we are more than keen to partner with them on this move.
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