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The Role of the Cloud Architect

Posted On: July 20, 2017

Topic: Cloud & Hosting Solutions

Gartner states that the shift to cloud computing will impact more than $1 trillion in compounded

IT spending over the next five years, making cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces in IT spending since the first days of the digital age.

As such, moving to the cloud is a priority for most. However, for many of these organizations, their move to the cloud is impeded by the lack of resources needed to successfully migrate applications and services, delaying projects and, in turn, slowing their journey to the cloud. What’s needed is the expertise of a cloud architect.

So, what is a cloud architect? According to TechTarget , a cloud architect is an IT professional who is responsible for overseeing a company's cloud computing strategy. This includes cloud adoption plans, cloud application design, and cloud management and monitoring. Cloud architects oversee application architecture and deployment in cloud environments -- including public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud. Additionally, cloud architects act as consultants to their organization and need to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and issues.

Thomas Lehrer, a cloud architect at OneNeck IT Solutions, cites the following skill sets as a must have for any cloud architect.

They must:

  • Have strong analytical skills and be able to think at the macro level, while ensuring the design works on the micro level.
  • See the final solution as it will be throughout the entire scale of its deployment.
  • Design a solution with more than a single site or customer in mind.
  • Ensure the solution will scale globally and across multiple customers while minimizing impact to support structures and models.

Having an architect that can shape the technology in order to better match resources to the company requirements, which change constantly, has become a necessity for many businesses.  However, many organization state that finding the right talent to hire is proving difficult.

With the challenges in recruitment and retention, many organizations are turning to third-party vendors for help in formulating and executing a cloud strategy. A trusted IT services firm allows companies to gain access to the skills they need without having to jump through the hurdles of the recruitment process.

OneNeck IT Solutions provides a wide range cloud services to companies looking to move

their workloads to the cloud. When you partner with OneNeck, you gain access to the skills you need to develop and implement a cloud strategy. So, you’re not alone – we’re here to help!

For additional insight into the role of a cloud architect, check out the articleHow an Architect Becomes a Cloud Architect: The Modern IT Career” by Alexa Morales, an OracleVoice contributor.