Computer industry trade association CompTIA has launched an effort to develop educational resources, standard definitions and skills requirements aimed at improving the delivery and adoption of cloud computing.

The non-profit organization, whose membership includes many leading companies in the information technology channel sector, announced it recently held a cloud summit where members agreed to work collaboratively to find answers to some of the challenges facing the emerging technology.

“One of the challenges is to find common ground, not just on how to sell cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, but how to define these emerging technologies in language that’s understandable to laymen and business people both inside and outside the IT industry,” CompTIA senior director Jim Hamilton said in a statement.

Among the specific challenges to be addressed include: 

  • Standardizing cloud computing definitions.
  • Developing an “ecosystem” of business models for the IT channel.
  • Assessing the need for a cloud computing skills certification for the IT workforce.

CompTIA plans to deliver a whitepaper on standardized definitions and ecosystem models at Breakaway 2010, an industry event for IT channel companies, set for Aug. 9 to 10 in San Antonio, Texas.
On the training and skills front, the organization plans to identify and define job roles specific or fundamental to cloud computing. It will then evaluate which existing IT certifications are relevant and identify skills gaps that can be closed through the development of new certifications and credentials specific to cloud computing.





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