Google is moving to address a chronic shortage of cloud skills necessary to advance DevOps.
Specifically, Google plans to add Professional Cloud Developer (GA), Professional Cloud Network Engineer (Beta), Professional Cloud Security Engineer (Beta) and G Suite certifications (GA) alongside Professional Cloud Architect, Professional Data Engineer and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications that already exist.
Google also plans to localize its cloud learning and certification programs in Japanese, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese to make them accessible to more people.
Google is especially keen to increase the number of networking and security professionals that have demonstrated cloud skills, as the critical role these functions play in cloud application environments is often underestimated, added Golani.
Those challenges likely will only increase as organizations increasingly embrace
On the upside, however, DevOps in general and SRE disciplines more specifically enable IT organizations to operate more hand in glove with the business as it grows and evolves.
Of course, none of that is achievable without the skills required to achieve that goal. Savvy IT professionals naturally will pursue certifications that enable them to earn higher salaries. But organizations that encourage their personnel to achieve those certifications should be able to at the very least engender more loyalty among IT professionals they help advance their skills.
In the meantime, it should be apparent that transformation is all but inevitable. Not every workload will move into to the cloud. But the principles applied to managing workloads in the cloud will be increasingly applied within on-premises IT environments. Those on-premises IT environments may not be as programmable and resilient as a public cloud, but the need to process data locally is not going to go away anytime soon. The challenge IT organizations are facing today is how best to define a set of best DevOps practices that can span both environments.