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Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist

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Builds and maintains a virtualised data service layer that can draw data from any source and make it available across organisations in a consistent, easy-to-access manner. 


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Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet.

Work involves developing and managing the use of virtualisation infrastructure and cloud technologies to deliver solutions that support the business goals of a company or organisation. 

As a Cloud Specialist you will provide technical leadership by way of design, development and delivery of internal and external solutions.

Cloud Specialists can be responsible for database maintenance, overall monitoring of standards and procedures, file design and storage, and integration of systems through database design. They also conduct quality control and auditing of databases in a client/server environment to ensure accurate and appropriate use of data.

Work may also involve writing technology and project proposal briefs. 


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You will need excellent technical and leadership skills. You will require exceptional problem-solving skills, excellent interpersonal and communications skills, as well as the ability to write technology and project proposal briefs.

The ability to work independently and to use time-management skills to deliver outcomes is essential. It is necessary to be self motivated and a quick thinker.


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A Level 8 degree in an IT related discipline such as Computing, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, is a typical background for entrants to this area.

A postgraduate qualification in cloud computing will help you to avail of the opportunities in the emerging market in cloud computing. Entrants to these programmes may have  traditional programming or database administration experience. 

A Level 7 degree or greater in a STEM related area (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) opens up many career opportunities across the IT sector. 

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