The Journey : Early Days to How I Got Here
My career could be sequenced broadly into three parts:
Firstly, built my technology fundamentals in both Unix and Windows flavors building products, drivers and solutions. (@ Lason Systems)
Secondly, built software engineering experience; estimations/ costing, delivering products and solutions through teams. (@ Lason Systems, Parametric Corp., Sircon)
Thirdly, built consulting skills advising on IT Strategy; Architecture, Processes, Performance Engineering and ROI. (@ Infosys Consulting, Collabera, UST Global).Decisions That Mattered
Some important career decisions that I made along the way are: career decisions are situational, but an important facet that helped me in every career role I signed up for was Ive continuously stayed in touch with evolving technology.The Turning Points
Inflection Points in my career - when I practiced putting business in front of technology, when I got to articulate technology and solutions with simplistic and real life examples, I was understood and recognized better.Work and Role: Then and now
Both the jobs are very similar except for the revenue generation and selling strategy. From the cloud technology perspective we are now proactively looking for opportunities in client environments as opposed to client find us opportunities.Two Years Down the Line
UST Global (our organization) would see its revenue growth with significant contribution from cloud technology and related services. Leading the Cloud Practice will help me make it happen. By 2014, we see 80% of our revenues to be directly or indirectly influenced by cloud.What I Learnt Along the Way
You don't have to strive for perfection, but first meet customer expectations.
In general Humility, Humanity and Integrity will keep you happy.Changing Days: Lessons Learnt
Increased Monitoring, Visibility - IT Productivity and Expenses from the Design Stage. Cloud is pushing more responsibility to the IT Service provider. Businesses have realized IT is not their core competency and they can delegate that responsibility (both systems and services). Cloud is the latest step to make it happen.Trends to Watch Out For
Cloud based services and software-as-a-service is happening and real. The migration to cloud technology augurs for more work for the IT industry in the coming years, similar to Y2K it will not be an option - the competition will force adoption. The key to winning Cloud based opportunities is to make the case for adoption quantitatively and not just qualitatively.My Advice If You are Starting Out
As we all know the new trend which is coming up in IT is Cloud. Cloud knowledge and exposure will be a necessity for IT Engineers and Architects. It will be one of many general skills that will be expected. So start now.Must Focus Areas For the Future
Cost estimation and predictability for Cloud based solutions.
ROI Estimations for Cloud migrations.
Effective and Efficient Management of Cloud Deployments.Do We Need Certifications?
It all depends. I am generally not a certification type, I like to read, install and try out tools and technology. If we are speaking purely about cloud technology one could consider specialization courses for AWS, Force.com and Azure.Books/ Websites I Recommend
Try to look at the respective doc pages for AWS, Azure, force.com etc. A whole bunch of books help give a broad perspective (refer to www.cloudbook.net
site). However I personally have benefited from assimilating success stories from various sites. Nothing like real examples that provides confidence and depth.Last But Not Least
Never underestimate the importance of software design patterns and practices. Cloud is a technology that still requires good technical fundamentals to get the best out of it.