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Cloud computing is changing the business and social landscape across Asia-Pacific, according to Mina Lim, the managing director of Oracle Philippines.  She explains below the cloud and the career opportunities available in the industry.

Commercial enterprises and government agencies have become big consumers of cloud services, and they are offering a multitude of services in the cloud to eager consumers who are hungry for the latest innovations. The cloud is changing lives daily, and, as this happens, it’s become a great opportunity for the next step in technology and business careers, she says.

Oracle Philippines managing director Mina Lim

The most fulfilling careers are lifestyle jobs, meaning you live and breathe your work. People who live in the APAC region are constantly connected and use the Internet and mobile phones as an integral part of their daily lives, which means the gap between work life and personal life is already being narrowed by technology.

So why not become immersed in the cloud? It’s where the latest technology is being developed and integrated with modern lifestyles, from the most innovative online commercial companies, to the most connected and vibrant social media platforms, and the opening up of state and city governance. When you work selling cloud solutions, you will help shape the future. And the opportunities are booming.

Leading cloud provider Oracle alone recently announced plans to hire 1,000 cloud sales professionals in APAC.

Cloud services and infrastructure are expanding in every direction, and, as they do, so are career opportunities. In APAC, new cities are springing up across the region, built with the most modern communication networks and wired up as smart cities.

The cloud is at the center of these advances. Intelligent infrastructure will continue to expand, and state and local governments are using the wired city model to make life easier with smoother transportation and more efficient and cost effective utilities.

National and local governments are opening up their services to connected citizens, getting them to contribute to the development of smart cities and collaborate in their planning. Cloud careers put you at the center of these exciting developments.

Working for a cloud company gives you the potential to be exposed to every aspect of technology and choose the right path to follow.

The cloud consists of three layers: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). The IaaS layer includes computers, servers, storage, network connectivity, and other hardware. The more visible software applications at the upper layer, the SaaS layer, are delivered as customer-facing services.

In addition, the most advanced cloud companies, such as Oracle, complete the cloud stack with PaaS, a platform developers can use to customize applications and tailor them for mobility, innovation, and differentiation.

Analysts have predicted that globally, all provider-based (public and private) cloud services combined are forecast to reach $115 billion by 2017, and the “components supply” end of the cloud opportunity - selling gear and services for public cloud, enterprise private cloud, and hosted private cloud - will reach $65 billion in the same period.  Cloud careers are bound to follow the same upward trajectory.

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