When trying to sharpen your cloud leadership skills, it is important to take advantage of all the tools and resources available to you. In our previous article about becoming a cloud leader, we talked about the concept of reading and talking about the cloud on an everyday basis. Consider this as the baseline of what you must do each and every day to stay above water in the cloud market. What other advanced habits can you form in order to become a cloud leader?
Attend a Cloud Webinar or Seminar
Did you know that cloud computing gatherings are happening all over the globe? The Cloud Security Alliance is a non-profit organization that offers a cloud security certification program while also hosting seminars all across the country. You could also watch webinars hosted by cloud vendors such as VMware, RackSpace and Microsoft. You will need to research your specific vendor in order to find out which webinars are currently available for your viewing pleasure. Microsoft Virtual Academy is known for having a huge repository of Windows Azure webinars that have been previously recorded along with new webinars that can be attended live.
Talk to Academia
Do you live near a college or university that has a research program that involves cloud computing? Typically, doing a Google search for these types of search terms in relation to your local colleges and universities may turn up cloud research programs that you never knew existed. Most professors and PhD candidates are accessible by email. If a specific project interests you, try reaching out to that person in academia with any questions or comments you may have regarding the specific project. The person conducting the research will more than likely be happy to talk about their project with you. Depending on your educational background, or current educational endeavors, you could potentially find yourself in a position where you are able to contribute to the research of a major cloud computing project.