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Microsoft's Azure appears to be going through a tremendous growth phase. What was once termed by Microsoft as a cancer, Linux is propelling Azure to new heights. While Amazon Web Services (AWS) is clearly the leader in the clubhouse, Azure is no dysfunctional step child. And, this can largely be attributed to its embrace of its open source opponent. A shout out to Satya Nadella is more than likely warranted in this instance. From a distance, it appears his appointment to CEO in 2014 changed Microsoft's stance on open source software. And, he was the EVP of Microsoft's cloud business prior to this promotion. No more were attempts to bash a once rival. It instead started to embrace and integrate its foe. The results have been interesting to follow.

Once thought to be the next big thing, Scala has had a tumultuous past. Back in 2011, the Scala team won a five year grant by the European Research Council. At that point, it surely seemed possible that this was the next dominant programming language. However, five years later, some companies were halting their use of the language all together. Today, from the data we collect, it appears that it is having a resurgence.

While it is abundantly clear that the cloud evolution continues at a rapid pace, it is imperative that one must prepare at the same rapid pace to take advantage of the situation. The cloud is well beyond early adoption phase, signified by even mom and pop shops utilizing the benefits of cloud infrastructure. Therefore, cloud derived skills are becoming a necessity for any engineer looking for a new position. Since that is the case, what should one do to make sure their skill set is relevant? The overriding answer, it is quite simple if you are willing to spend the necessary time.

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