Why Cloud Experts Need Certifications – with Reno Jansen

by Mirek Burnejko

Reno JansenThis is an interview with Reno Jansen. Reno is a Senior Consultant focused on Cloud technologies. What is the most important he has 20+ certifications and he’s working to achieve the new ones.
Let’s find out why certifications are so important for Reno.

In this interview you will find:

  • Is it a good time to become a certified cloud professional?
  • Do employers need certified people?
  • What are Reno’s plans for the future?


Mirek Burnejko: Hello Reno. Can you tell us first something about you and where do you work?

Reno Jansen: I’m Reno Jansen from the Netherlands, 41 years old, married. My hobbies are cycling, watching tv series and movies. I work as a senior consultant with a consulting company named PepperByte and Denamik in the Netherlands. My focus is cloud computing, server-based computing and load testing.

MB: What was your first IT job?

RJ: My first IT job was service desk engineer with another consulting company named SpeedIT.

MB: What was your first certification?

RJ: My first certification was MCP, Microsoft Certified Professional on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 workstation.

MB: Today you have more than 20 professional certifications. Why so many?

RJ: The reason that I have all these certification is because I want to hold the highest possible certification for the area that I’m certified for. For example, I wanted to become a MSCE on Windows 4.0 that means you have to take 6 exams. Same goes for my Citrix and CloudSchool certifications.

MB: I would love to know your opinion about cloud certifications. Is it a good time to become a certified cloud professional?

RJ: I think it is an excellent time to become a certified cloud professional because there are not that many around. There is a high demand for skilled cloud specialists. The only way to prove your skills is by certifications. The cloud professional certification gives you the basic knowledge of what cloud computing is. After you’ve become a certified cloud professional you can specialize on specific areas such as cloud architect, cloud security, cloud storage, cloud governance etc.

MB: Do employers look for cloud certifications?

RJ: Yes, not only employers but also customers demand skilled and certified people.

MB: You have two certifications from CloudSchool. Why you decided to achieve these certifications?

RJ: These 2 certifications are the basic CloudSchool (http://cloudschool.com/certifications) certifications, after this I will focus on becoming a Certified Cloud Architect.

MB: The biggest question. What is your recommendation for people who know nothing about private clouds, SaaS, IaaS, etc? What is the best way to become a cloud expert?

RJ: Take workshop Module 1 Fundamental Cloud Computing from CloudSchool or you can read this document from NIST for some cloud basics.

MB: What are your plans for the future? Any new certifications on the horizon?

RJ: The next certifications which I’ll be working on the next couple of months are:

    • Certified Cloud Architect from CloudSchool
    • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Private Cloud from Microsoft
    • Citrix Certified Integration Architect for Virtualization from Citrix

MB: Thank you so much. What is the best place to find you and say hello?

Follow me on twitter: @Reno_Jansen or Linkedin.

[This is part of the Interviews with IT Pros Series]

  • Pete Marracci

    This is good advice from one of the best. I have worked with Reno for years. He is highly skilled and a true professional.

  • rz

    Unfortunetly, I didnt see the answer to the question “Why you decided to achieve these certifications?”
    Currently I am considering either Arcitura or EXIN Certifications. Will be nice to here comparative opinions…