The cloud has brought many changes to the enterprise, including a shift in the IT job landscape. Many private companies are reducing or eliminating their own private data centers and are instead putting their applications and data into the cloud. That choice is shrinking the need for in-house staff, especially at the infrastructure level.
The process may be causing IT pros at enterprises to consider the possibility of making a move to work for a cloud service provider, such as Amazon, VMware, or Salesforce.
While this is a positive step for some, there are also things to consider that may end up souring the experience. Despite what some may think, there are plenty of differences between traditional enterprise and cloud infrastructure jobs. Choosing one path over another could end up completely altering the trajectory of an IT career.
Working for a cloud provider can provide a wealth of new skills, opportunities, and monetary reward. On the flip side, some cloud computing companies -- and jobs within the cloud -- can limit what skills you can actually put to use, and potentially hinder opportunities outside of the field of cloud services in general.
The decision to join a cloud provider is ultimately left to the wants and desires of each individual IT professional. However, it is important to point out distinctions between more traditional enterprise IT environments and the newer and flashier cloud environments.
Even though many skills and technologies overlap between the two areas of IT services, how they are run and how job roles are defined are very different. It's best to fully compare and contrast before diving in.
Here's a look at pros and cons of joining a cloud company. If you are considering making a career change that involves heading to a cloud company, we'd like to hear your thoughts on the topic in the comments section.
If you've already made the transition from the enterprise to the cloud, tell us what key differences you've observed. The more we can share as an IT community, the more we can help understand where each of us fits in best.