Top IT skills for the cloud computing generation

As the pressure mounts to figure out if and where cloud computing fits into IT environments, IT operations managers are dipping their toes into the cloud.

The good news is that while cloud computing is a new term, it is not a brand new technology. It is the next logical step in the evolution of computing: a more elastic, provisionable method of delivering computing power via the Web. Therefore, the best plan to adapt to the cloud may be to further familiarize yourself in the concepts on which cloud computing was built.

Find out what skills will be valued in a cloud computing world, including the growing importance of working with open source tools and environments, in this podcast with Jeff Kaplan, managing director at THINKstrategies Inc.

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 Jeff Kaplan is the founder and managing director of THINKstrategies, the only strategic consulting firm focused entirely on the business implications of the transition of the technology industry from product-centric to services-driven solutions. THINKstrategies helps IT/business decision-makers with their sourcing strategies; solution providers with their marketing strategies; and venture firms with their investment strategies.

Kaplan is also the founder of the Managed Service Showplace (www.thinkmsp.com) and Software as a Service (SaaS) Showplace (www.thinksaas.com), the highest ranked, vendor-independent, online directories and best practice resource centers focused on SaaS and managed services.

He has a BA in Urban Planning from Rutgers University and MBA from Boston College.

This was first published in May 2010

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