A third of all companies’ IT budgets go to cloud computing, according to Statista. This corresponds with a rapidly growing cloud computing market, which is predicted to reach $150 billion by the end of 2020. Cloud consulting can be a lucrative undertaking for specialists on this business path. On the other hand, cloud consultancy is an opportunity for organizations to get all the cloud computing support services while minimizing costs.

What is a Cloud Consultant?

A cloud consultant is an IT expert whose specialty is computer cloud systems. They have the best knowledge in cloud systems, including infrastructure, platforms, and software. Their job responsibility, in summary, is to help organizations tap into the scalability, dynamism, and flexibility of cloud computing for improved productivity and cost-efficiency.

What Does a Cloud Consultant Do?

Cloud assessments

Experienced cloud consultants carry out a cloud readiness assessment of your business and furnish you with exact costs and ROI calculations for cloud migration.  They can also perform architecture verification, and provide context regarding your current state and best practices.

Vendor Selection

A cloud consultant can help vet the right vendors for your cloud software, infrastructure, and platform. The expert will analyze the cloud services provider technology and pricing versus your business needs and provide a prudent vendor recommendation.

Cloud migration consulting

The best IT experts are well versed with cloud services provided by vendors such as Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. They can help to seamlessly move your infrastructure and applications to the cloud while minimizing the costs of the whole process. A cloud consultant’s job here would also be facilitating organizational buy-in and preventing common glitches.

Cloud design and architecture consulting

The experts can help with private, public or hybrid cloud deployment. Part of this service also includes assistance with cloud security and compliance, back up and disaster recovery, cloud optimization, app modernization, and enterprise software mobility, among others.

Managed cloud services

After cloud migration, businesses can often hire an in-house expert or team to manage the cloud. However, the cost of hiring and training experts is high, plus they might never reach the level of dexterity (in time) to handle all the complex tasks associated with cloud tools, infrastructure and application stacks.

Quite often, businesses opt to work with a cloud consultant. The expert provides both application and infrastructural level support, allowing the organization to focus on its core business and to stay fast and lean.

Some of the managed cloud service a consultant offers to include:

  • Performance testing and optimization
  • System administration and operations (Ops)
  • System monitoring and reporting
  • Database administration
  • Developer support and training
  • Application deployment and lifecycle management
  • Specialized database management: Redis, MySQL, Hadoop and MongoDB among others
  • Digital experience and eCommerce platform management:

What to Look for in a Cloud Consultant

The market of cloud computing is accelerating faster than the skill force.  Experts assert that only a small percentage of the IT workforce is cloud-savvy. So how do you get the right skilled professionals to help with your business’s cloud operations?

Technical proficiency 

The right cloud consultant should be technical savvy. They need to be prominent in software engineering, and cloud-enabled development. They should have top-level security skills, monitoring, and network development skills to mention a few.

Innovation and vision 

A truly experienced cloud consultant can help build flexibility into your business technology, and enable you to merge and expand beyond your system limitations.

IT leadership, communication and project management skills

A proficient cloud consultant can steer long term and complex projects that involve several business units. They should be able to provide high-level tech support and help sell the projects to the rest of the organization. The best consultant also excels in vendor negotiations and relationship management.

Business analysis and planning skills

The best consultant can help to identify gaps, assess financial risks and impacts of cloud projects and provide the best technical solutions.

A cloud consultant is an IT expert that specializes in cloud computing. They identify your business’s key IT drivers and asses the existing setups to determine which cloud solutions would help you accomplish your business needs. The expert then makes recommendations and draws a clear cloud roadmap for the growth of your businesses.