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Time to get your head in the cloud?

23 April 2019

by Megan Walsh

Cloud Transformation. It’s one of the most important industry trends shaping the global technology market, and for good reason. In today’s world, where companies are under pressure to become more agile and flexible, using cloud solutions saves a huge amount of time, money and effort when handling and storing mass amounts of data - not to mention the increased element of safety. Unlike when stored in an in-house server room, data stored in the cloud is protected from the risk of fire and other malicious acts that could occur.

For Switzerland though, working with the cloud has been somewhat difficult. Until last year, strict data protection laws meant that local Swiss companies were legally obliged to keep their data inside the country. And with many of the major cloud players based overseas, local companies have been unable to make the move over to the cloud. But all that is about to change.

Last year it was announced that Google and Microsoft would be bringing their cloud services to Switzerland, which has opened up a huge window of opportunity for local companies.

Now, although technically stored in the ‘cloud’, the openings of new data centres mean the physical presence of the data will be registered in Switzerland; meaning it never travels internationally and thereby abides by Swiss regulation.

With all this in mind, it’s no surprise that 56% of Swiss companies have already migrated to the cloud. And as more and more organisations begin to make the transition, there is a huge call-out for skilled professionals who can work on such projects and deliver cloud solutions.

Our in-house team of analysts has seen an increase of 73% in roles that are seeking people who have experience in cloud migration or are working in a cloud environment.

However, despite cloud migration being the next big thing on the Swiss horizon, there is a huge talent shortage for professionals who can work on the increasing number of cloud projects in the country.

At Oliver James Associates, we are actively looking to speak to candidates who have an interest in this space and would like to find out more about a future career in cloud-based solutions. Our expert team of consultants is here to provide experienced professionals with market knowledge and information on current projects – or, if you're looking to enter the market, advise you on what you need to do in order to upskill.

This is just the beginning for cloud migration. So if you’re a technology professional, the time is now for you to add another skill to your arsenal. The demand for cloud professionals shows no signs of slowing down and, while there is such a shortage of talent, candidates with experience in this area can claim higher salaries. 

So, are you ready to get your head in the cloud? Contact Kar Yau on +41 43 508 0509 or drop him an email at to find out more.

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