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Monday, 01 February 2016 12:49

CIF adds new features to its individual membership scheme for cloud professionals

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Cloud industry interest group the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), is launching a host of new initiatives to support its Individual Membership Programme.

The new scheme announced last year is aimed at individuals in the cloud industry rather than the businesses it was originally set up to cater for and since its launch it has seen a ‘rapid uptake’ in membership.

With the latest additions individual members now have direct access to a range of assets including the latest market research on trends and issues affecting the Cloud computing industry, as well as an extensive online cloud resources library.

The library - called the CIF Knowledge Hub - has over 300 papers and cloud resources available to its members. The CIF has also developed a “Cloud Adoption Roadmap” as a framework to help its members identify key stages and steps associated with cloud adoption. Through this framework, CIF plans to help businesses accelerate and de-risk the cloud adoption journey

CIF has also revealed more details around the promised cloud certification programme which it promises will be delivered ‘soon,” along with a new e-learning programme, that supports the certifications, and is due to be launched in the next few weeks.

The courses will be designed for those who work in IT operations, IT management and IT Directors, as well as line of business personnel such as legal and procurement professionals, and will include a foundation exam as well as more specialised certification areas.

Commenting on the new courses Alex Hilton, CEO of CIF, stated: “We decided to extend our membership programme to encompass individuals working in the field, and not just the vendor community back in late 2015. To date we have seen huge interest in the Programme with hundreds of professionals signing up. Now is the time to launch the new Knowledge Hub, populated with vendor neutral materials ranging from White Papers, Guides, Research and other educational resources designed to take busy professionals and IT experts on their journey to the Cloud.”

Membership costs are as follows;

CIF Individual Membership                                           £195 pa

CIF Individual Membership (student)                           £95 pa

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