The next level up is running an "enterprise cloud" that provides business capabilities, like customer relationship management and customer service operations, as a subscription service to companies that want to do those things without having their own data centers and having a smaller IT staff. Doing this means you're at least as much of an expert in sales technique, or customer service practices, or some other area of business operations in addition to having a higher-level knowledge of working on a computer platform – but you would not be spending as much time working with hardware. This career path can lead to sales or business strategy roles, since companies that do this are mainly in the business of creating new features for their users and selling more subscriptions. It's much more of a people-oriented career path.
* Systems engineer
* Network engineer
* Database administrator
* System reliability engineer
Some general job duties might be:
* Developing, maintaining and supporting technical infrastructure, hardware and system software components
* Performing installation, maintenance and support of system software and hardware and user support
* Configuring, debugging and supporting multiple infrastructure platforms
* Performing high-level root-cause analysis for service interruption recovery and creating preventive measures
* Engineering enterprise data, voice and video networks
* Establishing and operating network test facilities
* Maintaining a secure transfer of data to multiple locations via internal and external networks
* Working with vendors, clients, carriers and technical staff on network implementation, optimization and ongoing management
* Providing high-level support and technical expertise in networking technology
* Managing, monitoring and maintaining company databases
* Making requested changes, updates and modifications to database structure and data
* Ensuring database integrity, stability and system availability
* Maintaining database backup and recovery infrastructure
In my experience, having a well-rounded background in various technologies will help you be most successful.
Cloud engineers are professionals who are responsible for assessing a business's infrastructure and migrating different functions to a cloud-based system.
Cloud engineers are in high demand, as more companies move critical business processes and applications to public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructures.