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Cloud Foundry Foundation Creates New Cert for Developers

There's about to be a whole new way to get your head in the cloud. Cloud Foundry Foundation is addressing the cloud developer shortage with a new certification.

Cloud Foundry concept developer at work on laptopGood news for software developers: Your field appears to be in the midst of a golden age.


There are presently a quarter-million job openings with an average salary north of $104,000 (twice the average regional salary in many areas of the country). And with almost 92 percent of them outside Silicon Valley, you don’t have to worry about astronomical housing costs and hours-long commutes.


Amazingly, in spite of these perks, the industry is hampered by a critical shortage. The Cloud Foundry Foundation (Foundation), home of the industry-standard platform for cloud applications is tackling this shortage head on. Last week on Wednesday the group released the “world’s largest cloud-native developer certification initiative," the Cloud Foundry Certified Developer (CFCD) program.


The CFCD is a “performance-based certification exam designed to verify a candidate’s expertise using the Cloud Foundry platform and building cloud-native applications.” CFCD provides developers with the skills to set them apart from other applicants as they look for their first job or to upgrade their current positions. The general availability of the CFCD will be announced in June at Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley 2017.


CFCD came about as a result of a 2016 CFF report that showed an increasing gap in cloud skills. This gap has now become severe enough that it is hampering the speed with which companies are able to move their IT operations to the cloud. The CFCD is designed to address the existing shortage of skilled cloud professionals by offering a preferred method of training while providing certified individuals with a lasting and marketable skill set.


Cloud computing has spread so widely that it’s rare to find an enterprise that is not using cloud technology. According to the 2016 State of the Cloud Survey by Right Scale, which surveyed 1,060 IT professionals about their adoption of cloud infrastructure and related technologies, “95 percent of respondents are using the cloud, up from 93 percent in 2015.”


As cloud use grows it’s not just IT people who are using it. It’s also changing the lives of ordinary people, especially in how they conduct everyday activities. “We are living in the future. Right now we have access to incredible amounts of information that enables us to conduct our business and everyday tasks,” said CFF executive director Abby Kearns.


“I can access my flight information, print a boarding pass, call Uber, and do my banking. Whatever I need to do, I’m doing with the cloud. Five years ago, if someone had said I’d be doing all these things electronically, I’d have said, ‘You’re crazy.’ But now these things are a daily experience. Cloud adoption is changing the way we think of the world and our business models.”