What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing delivers IT resources like compute power, storage, databases, virtual machines, and more through a web-based platform. Public cloud platforms like AWS own and maintain the costly hardware, such as servers and data centers, required for these IT services. What makes it a game-changer for companies is the ability to easily scale technical operations on-demand and to pay for only the services used for as long as they’re used. No investment in on-premise hardware is required. 

Traditional on-premise IT services have high operational costs and require continued upkeep by many on-site employees. Cloud service providers can offer lower costs thanks to economies of scale. Because multiple customers share the same underlying resources, like a networking system, that trickles down to considerably lower costs as compared to legacy IT offerings.

7 non-technical roles that need AWS skills 

Since the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam requires a holistic view of the AWS ecosystem and its business offerings, I recommend this certification for just about anyone working in a company or industry that is using AWS or considering moving to public cloud providers. That’s likely you! 

This certification will help non-technical professionals “speak cloud” and ensure they’re communicating effectively with customers and cross-functional colleagues. Completing the exam is also an important first step for anyone wanting to pursue more technical AWS Associate-level certifications. So, exactly who should take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam? Roles adjacent to technical roles that would benefit from basic AWS Cloud skills include:

  1. Project managers: Since project managers work collaboratively with stakeholders of many functions, both technical and non-technical, proficiency in AWS basics will make those collaborations much smoother. 
  2. Sales teams: When selling to a prospect or negotiating a renewal with a customer, sales representatives must talk the talk when it comes to technology. Whether working directly with AWS or in a tertiary technology, speaking confidently about cloud computing may help close the deal.
  3. Marketing teams: Similar to sales teams, those building marketing materials and campaigns related to AWS in any way can’t expect to capture their audience’s attention if they’re not speaking the same cloud language.  
  4. Executives: In the age of digital transformation, leadership teams from directors to the C-suite should understand the wide-ranging implications cloud computing technology has on business — from budgets to competitive advantage to employee productivity.
  5. Legal teams: The global reach of AWS and its regional services is a big benefit for companies, but it brings with it security and compliance issues. Legal teams will find this certification beneficial for ensuring their company adheres to geo-specific compliance and security standards. 
  6. Finance teams: Because public cloud services are a variable expense dynamic to a company’s growth, finance professionals will have a better grasp of budget allowances by learning more about the pricing variables implicit in the AWS platform. 
  7. Beginner-level IT and tech professionals: With AWS the market leader in cloud computing, it’s likely that professionals new to IT will use Amazon’s platform at some point throughout their careers. Make your resume more attractive to recruiters or set yourself up for a promotion by demonstrating mastery of this in-demand skill.