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Companies, big and small, are rapidly adopting cloud computing to enable their digital transformation. According to the latest Gartner report, the cloud tech services market is projected to grow 17.3% in 2019, totaling $206 billion. This growth is due to the desirability of Cloud Computing, as it allows companies to innovate at a faster pace and reduce operational costs.
Today, we are excited to announce the School of Cloud Computing at Udacity, with two new Nanodegree programs: the Cloud Developer Nanodegree Program and the Cloud DevOps Nanodegree Program. These Nanodegree programs offer access to the latest in-demand cloud computing skills using the AWS platform. Kesha Williams, Software Engineering Manager, at Chick-fil-A and Udacity Cloud Computing Instructor gave us this great insight into why cloud computing is so important:
“Businesses produce better results when they are able to learn fast and iterate. I’ve seen the cloud become a key enabler for innovation, allowing businesses to organize their engineering teams for invention and velocity at scale. The cloud brings unlimited access to compute power, security, storage, networking, messaging, and management services to large organizations and everyday builders. When you no longer need to maintain data centers, your engineers can focus on that which differentiates your business from the competition. The cloud provides high availability, on-demand scalability and elasticity, and you pay only for what you use”
Talented developers and DevOps professionals who can lead digital transformations into cloud computing are in high demand. According to Forbes, there are more than 50K cloud computing jobs available in the US alone with a median salary of $146K. Additionally, DevOps engineering roles topped LinkedIn’s “Most Recruited Jobs” list in 2018.
An Overview of the School of Cloud Computing Nanodegree programs
The School of Cloud Computing will initially focus on two roles: Cloud Developers and Cloud DevOps Engineers.
A Cloud Developer is responsible for developing, deploying and testing applications on the cloud or migrating existing apps to the cloud. Through hands-on projects and industry-relevant examples, the Cloud Developer Nanodegree program will help you build the necessary skills to develop and distribute applications on the cloud using microservices architecture with Kubernetes, and serverless frameworks.
The Cloud DevOps Engineer Nanodegree program is geared towards operations and software engineering professionals who want to build infrastructure that delivers product and services at both speed and scale. The program includes projects that teach you how to create continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines, deploy massive infrastructure securely using code, and operationalize microservices using Kubernetes.
With the launch of these programs, Udacity aims to outfit students with the most cutting-edge cloud computing skills so that they can help companies innovate and reduce costs.
Collaborating with Top Cloud Professionals
To develop our world-class curriculum, we collaborated with a diverse set of industry professionals. Each of these collaborators contributed guidance and feedback to focus both programs on the most industry relevant skills.. Here are some of the experienced leaders who assisted in crafting this new content:
- Kesha Williams, Software engineering manager, Chick-fil-A; recently named an Alexa Champion by Amazon
- Gabriel Ruttner, CTO at Ursa & Tech Advisor for Start-Ups
- Sebastian Scheele, CEO and co-founder of Loodse
- Ivan Mushketyk, Software engineer at ConSensys, ex- AWS engineer
- Carlos Rivas, Senior Solutions Architect at Infiniti Consulting
- Noah Gift, Founder Pragmatic AI Labs, Lecturer and Author
We are thrilled to launch the School of Cloud Computing and provide greater access to in-demand skills. Through our Nanodegree program projects, one on one mentoring, flexible curriculum structure, and career services, our cloud computing students will be in-demand by companies big and small. Learn more about the Cloud Developer Nanodegree program and the Cloud DevOps Engineer Nanodegree program today!