The Cloud Credential Council is working on five new certifications which will form the professional track in their cloud certification scheme. Their Cloud Essentials (available through CompTIA) and Cloud Virtualization form the Cloud Technology Associate track but have failed to gain significant traction in the market. They are both well thought-out courses and the lack of adoption may be linked to the missing professional level which will now provide a meaningful professional credential path. The five new certifications, Cloud Solutions Architect, Cloud Developer, Cloud Service Manager, Cloud Administrator, and Cloud Security and Governance, should start to become available in 2014.
The Professional Cloud Service Manager certification (PCSM) should fill a significant gap in the exisiting ITSM certification offerings. How cloud computing affects service management has been (and will continue to be) a hot topic as more organizations of all sizes migrate toward the cloud. The new certifications are being developed by the relatively young but aspiring Cloud Credential Council along with the established and well respected ITpreneurs who will be developing the initial curricula. Participation from a broad range of industry leaders (Deloitte, Accenture, VMware, Intel, HP, Capgemini, et alia) helps assure the certification will both align with the goals of the accepted standards organizations as well as having practical industry application in mind.
Disclaimer: George is part of the peer review team for the new ITpreneurs/Cloud Credential Council curriculum and is an exam writer for the Cloud Service Manager exam.