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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.

MapR has announced it is expanding its On-Demand Training programme and has already trained over 50,000 developers, analysts and administrators.

Microsoft’s Linux on Azure certification could be one of the most sought after cloud certifications in 2016. We look at why do you need it and what do you need to do to get it.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 17:39

Essential skills for cloud computing people

Campbell Williams of Six Degrees Group outlines the four essential cloud skills you need to effectively deliver cloud into the business

The vast majority of CIOs believe that IT has actually made their role more complicated, despite IT’s reputation as an enabler and efficiency tool

Monday, 28 September 2015 11:29

The most in-demand cloud skills in 2015

If you're considering a career in cloud, or simply looking to keep up your skills, here are the most in-demand cloud skills and how to get them.  

Monday, 21 September 2015 14:43

New Red Hat OpenStack training certifications

Red Hat has announced two new engineer-level OpenStack cloud training and certification offerings

APMG claims the first vendor-independent cloud certification designed to prepare businesses for transition to the cloud

Monday, 10 August 2015 01:41

Top 5 Cloud Certifications of 2015

With close to half a million cloud jobs on offer there’s never been a better time to consider a career in cloud, but have you got the right certifications to get the job? Firebrands’ Ed Jones looks at the options.

Big blue hopes to redress the cloud skills shortage with the Academic Initiative for Cloud, a partnership with 200 academic institutions across 36 countries and a worldwide series of Hackathons using cloud platform Bluemix

We're all using the cloud more and more, but there's still a significant problem when it comes to adopting the cloud further and that's the skills shortage and our new Government whoever they might be needs to act fast

Thursday, 09 April 2015 17:20

Apprenda PaaS Gets Accreditation

PaaS platform Apprenda introduces programme to certify customers and partners on its Enterprise solution

A new survey reveals the move to cloud and the need for growth in 2015 is creating a skills headache with CIOs already reporting that they are unable to find and recruit skilled IT professionals. 

Sage launches European certification programmes to help  increase revenue opportunities for Sage ERP X3 developers and to kick-start its 3rd party development market

Monday, 05 January 2015 12:19

The top IT certifications to target in 2015

Businesses are made by the people who work for them and the best teams are those ready for the new challenges such as cloud, big data and the Internet of Things. However new challenges require new skills so here’s a list of the top 10 most popular IT certifications in 2014 and the rising stars for guidance in 2015.

Amazon adds to its certifications in Amazon Web Services with the first exam aimed at a professional level with the launch of a new certification of Certified Solutions Architect - Professional Level.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has bumped up the number of certifications available with a new exam in their AWS Certification Program, the snappily titled AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional Level.

The new exam adds to the Certification Program launched in April 2013 with a certification designed to validate advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. 

It’s the first certification created in AWS that qualifies examinees to a professional level, and is intended to go “above and beyond the requirements of the existing Associate Level.” The new AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional Level exam sits above the current AWS Certified Solutions Architect path, (see pic below) and focusses more on the design and development of distributed systems. The certification will be joined by a higher level the Master Level and the certification will be extended out to the Developer and SysOps Administrators training streams.

To be eligible for this exam, candidates must already be certified at the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Level and should have multiple years of hands-on experience designing and deploying cloud architecture on AWS. 

The new certification level is one of four certifications now available through Amazon including;

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional
  • AWS Certified Developer - Associate
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate

More details on the new AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional Level exam can be found on the AWS blog.




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