Foote's recommendation is to focus on in-house training. "A lot of the best cloud people will come out of your own internal training efforts," says Foote. Anderson echoed Foote, "Training and certification will play an essential role in preparing IT professionals."
If cloud computing advances as IDC and Microsoft expect it to, there could be as many as 7 million cloud-related jobs in IT worldwide by 2015 and while nearly every IT organization is seeking some type of cloud-enabling capability, according to IDC, the workforce doesn't appear to be ready.
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