What is a Cloud Deployment Manager?
Cloud deployment managers coordinate the implementation of cloud-based systems, which allow users to utilize the Internet to store and access data and programs. They serve as liaisons between business executives and technical workers, first meeting with the executives to assess their needs and objectives and then communicating that information to the cloud deployment team.
Next, the cloud deployment manager works with the technical team to design and develop cloud infrastructures, as well as test and launch these platforms. Once the product is ready, the cloud deployment manager again engages with the client to ensure that they know how to best utilize the cloud platform. This client/cloud deployment manager relationship is typically ongoing, with the cloud deployment manager as the point of contact should any technical issues arise.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field|
|Job Skills||Interpersonal skills, knowledge of one or more programming languages, expertise with cloud networking and security technologies|
|Median Salary (2018)*||$81,712 (for IT deployment managers)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||12% (for computer and information systems managers)|
Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employers typically seek cloud deployment managers with at least a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field. At the undergraduate level, computer science programs usually include classes in computer organization, data structures and algorithms, operating systems, programming languages and system architecture. These programs also tend to be heavy in math courses, including calculus, discrete mathematics and statistics.
Cloud deployment managers need excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication, listening and collaboration skills, to work with both customers and co-workers, including solution architects and software engineers.
Employers also tend to seek cloud deployment managers with knowledge of one or more computer programming languages, like C, Java, Python or Ruby. Additionally, these professionals should have expertise with cloud networking and security technologies and an understanding of the products and services offered by various cloud providers.
Career Outlook and Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that computer and information systems managers, which includes cloud deployment managers, would see 12% job growth between 2016 and 2026. This was faster than the average for all occupations.
As of May 2018, IT deployment managers earned a median annual salary of $81,712, according to PayScale.com.
With a bachelor's degree in computer science, these careers also might be available to prospective cloud deployment managers: