February 24, 2021

It is reassuring to find out about the positive developments in the business world, especially during the uncertainties that persist in the current scenario. Case in point being enterprises fast-tracking their digital transformation via cloud adoption in today’s post-COVID world to enable remote operations for business continuity. At a time when enterprises are overwhelmed with uncertainties, such growth stories are indeed promising.

Recently, efficient enterprises have been embracing evolving technologies rapidly to align with business dynamics as compared to the past. They are also willing to adopt more mature technologies such as cloud as part of their skill development program.

TCS COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 2020 study states that companies with essential digital capabilities (Leaders) have held up better during the pandemic than those without (Followers). Despite cash concerns, many executives are reluctant to reduce digital transformation (DX) budgets. The enterprise-wide initiatives deployed on ‘workforce reskilling’ indicate a long-term view towards transformation rather than the one that can help them navigate through the pandemic.

Apart from benefits like exponential value creation, flexibility for faster and better innovation and the ability to improve customer experience, cloud adoption easily meets the scalability needs of remote operations.

Emerging Roles in Cloud Technology

These trends pave the way for new roles such as Cloud Architect, DevOps Engineers, Chief Analytics Officer, API Product Managers, to mention a few, which demand a whole new set of skills. Hence, as Gartner has claimed, one must keep up the pace with the emerging skills to gain a competitive edge in career. Whether one is beginning a new career, or pursuing a better opportunity, or seeking a role enhancement, staying abreast of emerging skills and technologies can be the game-changer.

Opportunities at TCS for Cloud professionals

Companies around the world have accelerated their move to the cloud as part of their digital transformation. To meet evolving market requirements, TCS has now strategically restructured cloud services around the hyperscalers AWS, Azure, Google, and the indigenous TCS Enterprise Cloud, thereby opening opportunities for cloud professionals as below.

• Solutions Architect

• Technical Architect

• Information Technology (IT) Architect

• Development Operations (DevOps) Engineer

• Enterprise Architect, IT

• Senior Solutions Architect

• Senior Software Architect

The roles broadly span infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and cloud solutions offering (Design/Build and Run in cloud lifecycle).

The indispensability of niche technology/skill for cloud adoption

Digital technologies and agile methodologies have enabled new flexibilities, allowing businesses to embrace risk and capitalize on high returns. Technology leadership is also evolving from a technology and services thinking to more of a product thinking mindset, prioritizing agility and innovation first mindset, which is possible with the cloud. Given the current remote operations situation, virtualization, security, and disaster recovery are in demand due to their criticality for business resiliency. Leveraging technologies like the cloud is critical for businesses to think big and focus on the potential value to the customer and maximize the digital advantage.

Some of the niche technology skills that are in demand in the current new world are serverless, microservices, APIfication, smart IoT, AI/ML, blockchain, service brokerage, containerization, edge cloud, hybrid/multi-cloud, and platform-as-a-service. Digital dexterity also demands soft skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills, and business acumen. Additionally, the workforce also gains contextual knowledge from TCS’ long-standing relationship with its customers. 

How a befitting TCS team ensured a seamless business separation, tech transformation for a client

Working as a strategic partner with Arconic Inc., TCS designed and executed a successful business decoupling program for Howmet Aerospace Inc. At the time of project execution, the TCS team considered various aspects such as scalability, current templates, virtualized and non-virtualized infrastructure, and existing production environments to ensure the timely deliverance of the separation program within budget and with favorable outcomes in the first time itself.

Ecosystem-based Skill Acquisition

While academic institutions provide the foundation in cloud technology, hyperscalers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, and IBM meet the on-the-job demand for cloud skill acquisition and certifications.

Online learning platforms like TCS iON meet the much sought after virtual upskilling needs emerging during these social distancing times. Collaborative social learning in an interactive environment is conducive to improve learning outcomes. Industry virtual events and webinars are other crucial platforms that can provide much-needed insights into the demand for technologies and their industry applications.

TCS offers enriching opportunities in the cloud and emerging skills space for building a successful career. To know more about exciting opportunities, do visit https://ibegin.tcs.com/iBegin/

Please share your insights about cloud along with your views on this blog via an email to careers@tcs.com.

Thank You. Wish you the very best.

Satishchandra Doreswamy is Vice President, & Global Head, Cloud Infrastructure Unit (CIU) at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He is responsible for managing TCS Enterprise Cloud Business, formulating strategy, and enabling clients in their Enterprise Cloud journey to gain a competitive edge through Digital Transformation. He has been a trusted advisor to business leaders in driving transformation across the Business and IT landscape. He plays a crucial role in building a sustainable and scalable Enterprise Cloud business to help customers navigate through a hybrid cloud transformation journey and enable them to harness Enterprise Cloud for Innovation & Efficiency.