This Alternative Cloud Certification Could Help You Land a Finance IT Job

As investment banks hoover up cloud computing talent, now might seem a good time to obtain a cloud computing qualification. With banks such as Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan on Amazon Web Services (AWS), obtaining your AWS certifications might seem like a good place to start.

Amazon offers a number of certification exams that are specific to the AWS platform, which start with multiple levels, from basic to more detailed. The company’s certification categories include Foundational, Associate, Professional and Specialty, covering pretty much everything related to AWS and cloud infrastructure.

But lots of people obtain AWS certifications (with good reason). If you want to stand out, you could also try something a little different. 

Boris Serebrinskiy, one of Morgan Stanley’s distinguished engineers, focused on cloud analytics and data warehousing, has taken Snowflake’s advanced architect certification. According to Serebrinsky’s own exam certificate, he scored 70 percent, after previously scoring 80 percent on the SnowPro core exam in December.

For anyone not yet familiar with Snowflake, it’s a cloud computing company with a market capitalization of around $120 billion, greater than IBM. The company went public in the largest ever IPO for a U.S. software company last September. Morgan Stanley was one of the lead underwriters. 

Snowflake offers a cloud-built data warehouse in the form of software as a service. It allows users like banks to store data on different cloud storage providers like AWS or Google, but analyze it in a single place. 

Comparatively few technologists in finance have SnowPro qualifications so far, and many of the company’s clients are in retail banking or insurance, but last year Snowflake signed a deal worth millions of dollars with Goldman Sachs. Having a Snowpro exam on your resume isn’t an alternative to AWS, but it might be a good addition.

A modified version of this article originally appeared in eFinancialCareers.