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How To Find A Potential Cloud Computing Community?
By Kamal Jacob
The cloud market is growing into a new area at a rapidly faster rate and is going to grow continuously in the coming year and drive innovation. Many organizations are moving to the cloud, and it is also expected that by 2022 nearly 90 percent of the organization will migrate their systems to the Cloud and will be fully using the cloud services. When talking about cloud, today the cloud is not just a few services it brings in varied diversity of solutions, ranging from public and private cloud to the new hybrid cloud and multi-cloud systems and also the serverless computing.
This variety of services offered by the cloud brings us a good opportunity to explore more and get trained in this area by staying updated with its evolving features and emerging trends. Hence, it makes it very important for us to keep up to date with cloud computing communities and conferences around the globe.
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Why Cloud Community and Meetups?
If one is enthusiastic enough to learn about a particular skill or technology, he can download all the required resources from online or watch an online video on the topic; but none of this can substitute the value of offline meetups. These traditional meetings are conferences & networking events. The best thing about this type of community meet-ups is that it helps to establish a close professional network with other Cloud developers and architects around us. Hence, consistent relationships with such like-minded individuals & other groups of people helps us progress towards our Cloud goals.
Given that it has numerous benefits for everyone in the technical field, there are still many individuals who either are not aware of such community groups or they underestimate the importance of such a group. The main reason behind is that they don’t have a clear idea about the potential of working and discussing in a group. It provides a platform to talk out each other’s problems and find a solution. Being a cloud professional, if one is not a part of any such community then surely, they are missing out a lot on their goals (Now here’s where you should have FOMO & not JOMO!). So, if we are looking to expand our network reach, then the cloud community is the right place where we should focus on.
It is not hard as it sounds, finding a community is easy. One can always start with local cloud meetups that provide learning sessions, exciting talks, conferences, and meetings on all the essential cloud topics and services. Many of such communities are especially targeted for people who want to meet other cloud professionals off-line and also want to stay connected. Some of the other attendees of such community groups are the startup founders, small e-commerce owners, web developers, digital marketers, & many more professional experts!
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How Does the Local Meet-Ups Contribute to your growth in Cloud profession?
Attending meet-ups has a lot more than just meeting new people. It also helps share ideas and connect with a group of well -connected professionals, mentors, and potential partners and this will definitely add value to our businesses in some way or the other. For instance, some of the other benefits of attending the community events are that firstly it provides latest industry insights and professional feedback, which allows us to retrospect ourselves concerning our skills and then also provides us various suggestions in which we can improve on them. These communities' meetups are also encouraging people of the same community and the industry to stay connected and excel together.
It further allows us to put our ideas to test as there are people from the same background who will be interested in themes and this will also gain attention and improvement suggestion on our pain points. This allows us to secure good opportunities as these events connect us to the potentials investors, prospective clients and also find high paying jobs in our industry. Hence it provides a good bunch of opportunities to grow ourselves professionally by enriching a good network of acquaintances and people who can be a benefit for us.
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Reasons to Attend the Cloud Conferences
There are many reasons to attend cloud conferences or cloud events that are organized around the globe. It is essential for all cloud professionals and organizations who have their systems deployed into the cloud or are planning to migrate to the cloud to make good use of these events.
Gaining Access to Cloud and IT Experts
The cloud community events that are hosted regularly invites top speakers with great experience in cloud and this makes it one of the top reasons to participate in such events and communities. Every year these conferences bring in the best speakers and experts on stage for us to share their extensive experience with cloud and real-life scenarios faced in complex cloud projects. These bits of knowledge helps us learn and unblock some of the bottlenecks we are facing and overcome them with proven expertise.
Listen and Learn from The Success Stories Of Many Growing Organizations
One of the major parts of these clouds meet up is to listen to the success stories of many growing organization. These communities are a place for them to showcase their skills to overcome some of the major challenges that they faced earlier and what are the ways to overcome them. This brings in great learning for us as an individual as well as many other organizations especially the ones who have to migrate to cloud recently or are planning sometime soon. This is also a chance to know how the cloud helps in growing businesses of these organizations and take them to the next level. Thus, also making a good opportunity for us as well to maximize our return on investments in cloud technology.
Brings in Good Learning Opportunity
If a professional is inquisitive enough to learn new things, then this is a place where we can expect a good learning opportunity. It challenges us to see solutions in other people’s problems as these cloud communities brings together with people from different backgrounds and various other businesses. Thus, it becomes an ideal place for bringing in the transformation by learning and innovating together by setting up an interesting discussion. It not only provides us with a lot of new ways to improve our existing skills and makes us a good decision makes when it comes to choosing a particular solution for our system but also helps us in acquiring some of the new skills and latest trends in the cloud industry.
Defining New Cloud Strategies for Our Organization
The cloud community events help us to think innovatively and make good strategies for our organization by proper planning. This enables us to discover more about how we can make good use of the cloud solutions in our organization and reap maximum benefits from it by planning the next steps ahead and prepare for any advertises that might happen in the future.
Conference Breakout Sessions
If we are looking for an opportunity to explore new ideas, then these breakout sessions in the conferences are of great help. This provides us with a platform to share best cloud practices and also to ask an appropriate question to the experts in this field. Moreover, these sessions are collaborative and useful as it offers us a clearer picture of the cloud and assists us in prioritizing our transformation goals and explore new trends in the digital space.
It is also effective as it gives us a good overview of why the cloud is important for our organization and how it can provide us an edge over the traditional system architecture. It also aids with many workshops that deliver a good plan when migrating applications to cloud and makes things more clearly if we are developing a cloud-specific application from scratch. Finally, it also lets us know a few more important things to keep in mind when working with clouds like the proper workflows, business continuity processes and suitable ways to overcome any disaster recovery scenarios.
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These global cloud events are important because we get to hear many important announcements and the current happenings in the cloud industry. The events also host many great speakers who share their knowledge and expertise in the cloud. Moreover, it becomes a place where many most of the important conversations about technology happens, and as a technology professional, it is essential for us to be a part of such events.
There are many cloud communities which one can attend and should definitely be a part of. The major cloud provides likes Amazon, Google, Microsoft host many such big events like Google Cloud Next, AWS Summit, Microsoft Ignite, Amazon AWS re:Invent, SeverlessConf, RedHat Summit are to name a few. Many online communities and threads like the Slack Groups, Reddit threads, and the Stack Overflow has dedicated group for the cloud community where people can post their ideas and queries on topic and get assistance from the experts and share their views.
This benefit and success of the online communities have also led to the creation of many locations based local communities for off-line meet-ups like the Google Cloud Developer Group, The AWS Community and The IBM Cloud Community. This provides a platform for professionals to know each other better and share a unique presence which is not possible online. Therefore, it is advisable for every to join a cloud community to sharpen our ideas and be more focused towards our goals.
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