On January 28, 2023, I was given the opportunity to give a presentation at my alma mater, College of Engineering Poonjar , as a prelude of IHRD tech fest Tarang23. My manager at Google, Mr Sundar Pelapur , a veteran with two decades of experience in IT industry was my co-presenter . It was a great experience interacting with the next generation of Engineering talent , sharing with them our perspective of the topic " Disrupting the status quo: How Cloud and AI are shaping the future of our world".
Sharing below an summary of the tech talk, and some useful reference materials, which I think will be helpful for young IT professionals and students who want to make a career in Cloud computing:
We started off with a brief history of cloud computing , on how the world has moved on from Mainframes in the 1970s to Server/client computing models and to the constructs of Public clouds today
Let's define in simple terms what cloud computing is.. Its nothing but compute power and storage available on demand
Now we have different favors of cloud computing available - Private, Public and hybrid cloud
The billion dollar question is, Why Cloud computing? Let's take a look at some of the benefits offered by cloud computing in terms of scalability, flexibility, cost efficiency and security
Cloud is disrupting almost every industry as we know..
And is part of our day to day life more that we realize ...
Now moving on to AI .. Let's start with a glossary of most commonly used AI terms.. (of course, it goes without saying that the list is not comprehensive and there is new AI capabilities being built everyday)
Let's check out some of the common use cases of AI
AI is great, but getting an AI project off the ground is not always simple or straightforward
Synergy between Cloud and AI becomes relevant here..
Hugely popular services like Ebay and Spotify are leaning on to cloud and AI to innovate and improve user experience..
For students and tech enthusiasts who want to get started in the cloud, I would recommend the following courses.
Understanding Cloud Fundamentals learning path : https://www.linkedin.com/learning/paths/understanding-cloud-fundamentals?u=56685617
AI for Students LinkedIn Course : https://www.linkedin.com/learning/artificial-intelligence-for-students/how-students-can-use-ai?u=56685617
You can also start building credentials by taking any of the cloud foundation certifications from any of the hyperscalers. There are lot of free training videos available on platforms like Youtube and Coursera that you can leverage for this purpose..
PS: If you are a student or a professional looking for guidance on career in Cloud, I am happy to connect for 1:1 free mentoring session.. Please feel free to drop in your coordinates in a comment and I will be in touch!!