Are You Ready For The Cloud Computing Revolution?

Today, the concept of cloud computing is nothing new and has brought about a great amount of commercial success in the past few years. It is expected that cloud computing will play a significant role in the ICT domain for the upcoming decade or even more. This is because the future systems will be equipped with the abilities of resource provisioning and managed services.

Cloud computing has generated enough commercial interest not only because it allows high chances of IT outsourcing for minimizing management overhead and expand the existing but limited IT infrastructure. Also because they help to bring down the entrance barrier for the new service providers to provide their solutions to expand the market with a bare minimum entry price and infrastructure needs. It is a fact that the special capacities of the cloud architecture enable the providers with the chance to experiment with certain kinds of novel services simultaneously minimizing the chances of wasting resources.


However, today we have organizations that rank first in broaching up the subject of Applications and Infrastructure incorporation, and set up models for Business Ready Infrastructure as well partner with the ISV’s and technology-based companies to come up with cloud computing services, service operating models and other delivery platforms. These companies act as the Cloud service partners for numerous global organizations with their systematized strategy and offerings.

The cloud computing solutions offered by these companies are all set to alter the manner in which the computing resources are being utilized. The use of these applications ranges from productivity, to security, workflow management and financial statement software. The service portfolio includes the following as listed below:-

* Cloud Assessment
* Cloud Implementation
* Cloud Migration
* Cloud Service Management for Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud

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At the same time, these companies assist their clients in adopting Cloud by carrying on assessment services on the workloads and then transferring them to appropriate cloud environments. At the same, they allow Enterprise Platform as a Service (EPaas) as well as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). They also specialize in innovative managed security services.

However, Cloud systems should not be confused with just any other type of resource provisioning architecture. Cloud computing services have definite features that distinguish it from the conventional resource and other service provisioning environment and offers effortless management of Cloud as well as legacy architecture.

Alternative Careers in Finance

Working in the finance industry is a strong choice for anyone starting on their career path.

It’s a popular choice too, for example Goldman Sachs apparently received 250,000 job applications in 2016 (and that’s only students). Also consider that there are about 350,000 workers in the finance industry in New York city alone.

As the United States and Europe have moved away from manufacturing and physical goods, services have become a more important part of our national economies and banking and finance is a big part of that service boom. There are big upsides to this, as the industry helps our economies grow and creates jobs, but there are also downsides during recessions when globalisation and economic downturns mean that a countries economy is extremely sensitive to the financial markets of other countries across the globe.

But I don’t want to talk to you about the economy, I want to discuss your career.

When talking about careers in Finance, the typical roles that come to mind are the classics – trading, sales, accountancy and so on. But there are many alternative options when it comes to a career in finance, and I just want to discuss a few ideas.


Whether you’re looking at the global investment banks, the big mutual funds or the companies that provide periphery services like legal or consultancy, the finance industry has some huge companies in it who need strong human resources teams to service a large labour force.

The biggest companies take on thousands of new graduates every year, all of whom need training and mentorship. This is where the human resources department comes in – it’s their job to make sure the best people are hired and that the new recruits settle in well, are promoted when they deserve to be and are paid enough to not be poached by competitors.

Human Resources departments in financial institutions are essential for keeping operations running smoothly, and as a result, they’re a great choice for anyone looking to start a career in HR. Being a HR professional allows you to be part of the finance industry without actually being involved in finance in your day-to-day activities, and as with all jobs in the finance industry, the likelihood is you will get paid above average for your speciality purely because you work in a financial institution, where renumeration is generally higher.

As well as a huge pool of workers, another thing that the big (and small) financial institutions share in common are a huge dependence on technology to make money. All trading and sales activities are conducted on complex networks using bespoke technology and multiple applications to conduct and reconcile trades as well as communicating with colleagues. Tech errors can he hugely costly, which means IT specialists are paid well, and benefit from the fact that tech teams are often more relaxed when it comes to dress and conduct when compared to other, client facing, departments.

Working at a big financial institution isn’t the only option, however. Finance is a great area to choose for any budding entrepreneurs out there too. From large silicon valley startups like, who have capitalised on the recent emergence of crypt currency, to smaller applications like, who claim to be the best vendor statement reconciliation software out there, there is innovation happening in every niche of the finance industry which creates room for entrepreneurs to make money.


Since the crash of 2006 the banking industry has been trying to rid itself of a tarnished reputation after the downturn in financial markets was blamed on the greed and ruthlessness of city traders looking to make a quick buck. Banking is almost a dirty word in some circles (and it was never a particularly clean one to begin with).

Since gaining this reputation there has been even more reputation on banks to clean up their image and not only act with more moral due diligence but also to be seen to be acting in a moral way.

This is why PR and media teams have become more and more important.

Making sure that a company’s press coverage is flattering, involving the firm in community/charity projects and creating appealing and trustworthy branding are just a few of the way that media and PR teams are hugely important in the role of making sure banking and financial institutions maintain a good reputation.

All of this make it a great place for a young grad looking to start a career – handling a lot of responsibility early on (and hopefully a larger wage slip too).

These are just a few ideas to areas to start or switch a career into Finance which aren’t directly related to banking or money markets, but which can provide some of the benefits of working in a large and growing industry. There are many other areas like legal, facilities and client services, but these are just a few to get you started.

Choosing the Right Career

It is everyone’s dream after finishing college to get a good paying job.  Some people will just go for what is available in the market and grab any opportunity for employment.  While that is a good idea, planning a career is important.  The first job may just be temporary but never lose focus on what you want to become as a career person.

I have a friend who just lost her job as a sales manager of a bank.  She has a bad history of employment.  Not bad in the sense that she is a bad worker.  How can she rise to the organizational ladder if she was a bad worker?  Anyway, she has her first job as a bank teller.  She has been rotated to different positions for the last 15 years.  She was groomed to lead a branch but so suddenly, without any hint at all, the bank was closed.  Gone are the 15 years of service.

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Life for her must go on. She had a masters degree and specialization in Human Resource Management. She was accepted to be a Human Resource Director in a Prominent School.  She was there for only 6 months because she found her way back to the banking industry.  It is where she is comfortable with.  For the last 3 years she has built her network and has achieved tremendous accolades for reaching way beyond her sales targets.  But all of a sudden, she was threatened again.  The bank underwent a re-organization and her position was affected.

To cut the story short, she lost her job.  She is jobless.  She has done a lot of thinking on what her next move should be.  She has been offered a promising job in the academe which she has worked part time as a faculty since 2005.  She is faced with the dilemma on whether to pursue a career in a bank or say goodbye to the banking industry for good.

Importance of Finding a Meaningful Work

But what she has to do is find a job that is meaningful for her.  We spend most of our time at work.  For this reason alone, you need to have a job you know you love doing.  Success comes easy when you are lucky to find this particular job.  Remember that if your job stresses you, sooner or later you will be frustrated, depressed, burnt out and in the end will never find time to enjoy since all you think about is the job that needs to be accomplished the next day.

Gaining Meaning and Satisfaction

  1. You get a job that is something you are passionate about.  If you are in a job that you don’t love, it’s high time to think of a career change. Or:
  2. You find joy as well as purpose of your current job. This is especially true when a career change isn’t realistic anymore. What you can do is find value in what you’re doing.  This will change your attitude towards your work and you will be surprised one day you discover you love going to work.

What is a Payday Loan?

People find jobs to sustain life.  We need to have some form of income to finance living expenses and earn more to set aside for savings and expenses.  But times are hard.  Prices are soaring to unimaginable levels causing living expenses to rise.

There are times when we are confronted with emergency situations and we do not have the funds to address the situation.  What could be our option?

The first thing that comes to mind is secure for a loan.  Sometimes it is inevitable to succumb to high interest rates as long as we get the money we need and solve the prevailing problem.


There are many sources of loan.  If you secure personal loan from a bank, be sure to comply with the seemingly endless requirements.  But since you are addressing an emergency, you want to get money fast and really fast!

So you look for another means and this is where payday loan comes in.  What is great about payday loans is that you do not have to present a collateral which can take you weeks.  Without having to comply with a collateral requirement, you are assured of a speedy loan release.  Payday loans is a form of an unsecured loan.  Since it is unsecured, expect a higher interest on your loan.  Payday loan is another name for salary loan.  Usually, the longest term is three years and the amount is based on your income.  Hence, if you are looking for a bigger loan and your income is not sufficient for the loan amortization, you have a big problem.

If you have a bad credit rating, payday loan may work for you.



Online Education and Campus Education

The emergence of internet and technology has not just made our way of life simpler, but also brought many amenities to your doorstep. The education industry for instance has completely changed with the online education system. This presents a great opportunity in obtaining a degree because getting it is made convenient and easy.  This is true for those who are already working or a stay home mum for example.  These people find it hard to keep pace with campus training in terms of having to comply with daily and structured classroom lectures.

Online learning is an awesome avenue to pursue specialization where you can still keep your 8-5 job.  There are many online courses being offered today.  In fact traditional universities have offered online programs to keep up with the times.


Online diploma courses and degree courses are accredited  training.  Therefore there is no need to feel any inhibitions about getting an online education.  It gives the learner the benefit of a campus education offers.  The only difference is the learning environment.  The merits are the same.

People wanting to pursue higher education or wanting to gain more skills do not have to fight hectic schedules.

The lessons are handled by trained, knowledgeable and intensely proficient faculty.  The methodologies have differences.  In campus training there is classroom lectures but in online environment, visual materials such as videos are often used.  Reading assignments are  given.  Cases to be analyzed and exams to be answered.  All of which use the web as a channel of communication between student and teacher.

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It’s true that an on-campus system is great because there is a face to face encounter between professors and students.  The sense of belongingness  and citizenship to the university are developed.  It is socially advantageous.  You get to collaborate with other students. Networks are built  but more than that friendships are developed.

Maybe for some campus learning is for them.  But online education came into the picture in the education system because it was seen that there is a need for it.  There is a vast market for online education and in fact it crosses borders.  A person from Africa can enroll in a university based in London without having to go to London.

With online education, your dream to get a prestigious doctorate in Harvard Business School is brought closer to you.

The choice is really up to  you.  You can only take steps that work for you.  If campus training works for you, then well and good.  If you have not much choice but to go for online training, that’s not a problem.  For as long as you do your requirements, you will be learning the same things either training you choose.

Today you need to be competitive and one of the ways to achieve that is to constantly upgrade our knowledge and skills.  Education is key.