How does the industry expects product managers to know about cloud computing? And/or having a AWS certified? I see a growing trend but wanted to gauge the broader picture

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Are you asking if industry expects it, or how could they expect it? The reality is that everything old is moving to the cloud, everything new is cloud native. Whether it’s AWS, Azure, GCP or any other, it’s important to understand the basic concepts and underlying principles, because these services are feature rich and different approaches have different trade offs. As a PM, you need to know how to make those trade offs. At the same time, you don’t need to be a cloud engineer or architect to be successful and productive. As is the case with most technical topics from a PM perspective, it’s about understanding the ideas, being able to communicate with the engineers doing the work, and again, making the trade off decisions. You also may have some input to the economics of the service you’re leveraging, so the cost piece is a part for you to understand. AWS practitioner cert is a good place to start, basically just helps guide familiarity with AWS services and resources. Obviously, this is only for AWS, but there are similar things for the other cloud providers.

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Anything that can give you a broad understanding with a bit of expertise in any of them is helpful. There will be jobs that don't currently expect much knowledge, but a lot of the good ones, in order to succeed at them at least, you'd want to have some knowledge under your belt that you can stand on.

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AWS certified puts you ahead of the game. It's more a matter of positioning yourself better than a must-have. But for FAANG, it's important to have an awareness.

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