As the cloud moves from testing to practice, the demand for professionals focused on different elements of the cloud platform is rising. Professionals skilled in building, administering, securing and managing public, private and hybrid cloud deployments are a hot commodity, says Mondo's Cirri.
"One of the major drivers of demand is cost-cutting; you can cut costs significantly both in the software and application development process and [you can] speed up solutions delivery, too," says Cirri.
In addition, says Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis, CompTIA, administration and management of increasingly complex cloud solutions is an area where professionals are in high demand. "You need someone to keep an eye on costs, manage and monitor performance, and choose the right solution for the right application."