eWeek | December 6, 2010

Technology Job Profile: A Closer Look at SAAS, Cloud Skills

As more and more business flows into SAAS and cloud computing investments, technology job seekers may want a better understanding of where to focus their learning, certifications and skills. The following is a look at software-as-a-service skills from the perspective of a CEO who has built SAAS-based cloud infrastructure from the ground up. eWEEK recently interviewed Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller.

The hype is over: Adoption of cloud applications and software as a service (SAAS) is for real, and this means jobs for now and the future. Despite the need for stronger security and the preference for private clouds in the enterprise, the cost-reduction benefits make these technologies very attractive to companies and IT departments.

What are the predominant skills necessary to work in and with SAAS systems? There are essentially four areas of skills to comprehend and master: concurrent programming, building for Web scale, employing high-availability software infrastructure and performance-based architecture, according to Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller, a Clifton Park, N.Y.-based SAAS infrastructure provider to the software industry with more than 800 end users of its SAAS Grid Express offering.