The concept of cloud computing has been around for more than a half century, long before vocational computer school training programs were offered online. The actual term is believed to have been used for the first time in 2006 when Google CEO Eric Schmidt first brought the topic up during a conference. In recent years, adoption rates have increased, and investors have shown a willingness to fund new research and development. And, most IT training students today learn at least basic terminology and functionality of cloud computing software and security no matter what computer school program they enroll in.
Back in the 1980s, IT certifications were issued by particular manufacturers and were only truly relevant to their specific systems. While there was some overlap between the certifications, IT workers still had to be certified separately for Dell, Compaq, IBM, Macintosh, and so on. This certification regime was both inefficient and costly, forcing IT pros to pay fees to multiple organizations.
As more of our lives become connected to the internet, threats to our private data and computer systems increase.
Google is so pervasive that it is officially listed as a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary.
The Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are the latest buzzwords in IT, but their potential impact on our life and our careers is huge. The rise of ‘smart’ infrastructure in our homes, workplaces, and cities is undeniable, but what do these buzz words actually mean and what difference will they make to the future of IT careers?
Exactly what and where is this cloud everyone’s talking about? The imagery that comes to mind, of course, is a big puffy floating body of white mist, and while that is a cloud, it’s not the cloud. Most people have been to the cloud without realizing it. If you’ve downloaded software from a vendor website or bought something online, you have most likely been to the cloud.