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'Cloud' offers bright future

Published on Thursday, 24 Mar 2011

In the digital age where information is generated every minute, every day, companies in many sectors are facing challenges to manage information effectively while getting the most value out of it.

The information infrastructure market is flourishing in this era of "big data". Young people who want to join the industry should equip themselves with the knowledge and skills of the latest IT trend, cloud computing.

New job classifications, prefaced by the word "cloud" and intended for IT administrators, architects, engineers, project managers and salespeople, are emerging in the market. There will also be extra demand for consultants and specialists in governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management, who can help corporate users determine the appropriate levels of service and security in their day-to-day business operations.

Training and educational institutes run courses on cloud computing for anyone who would like to learn more about it. Many offer a good foundation for young people interested in pursuing a career in this field.

With the fast-moving nature of the IT industry, it is crucial for young practitioners to be able to accommodate the needs and resolve the challenges of corporate users within a short period of time. They should also explore the latest industry trends and keep themselves in the forefront of the information wave.Gabriel Leung, general manager, EMC Hong Kong and Macau

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