Azure vs ML career

Microsoft userg7
Mar 2, 2018 22 Comments

Hi,

I'm SDE2 in Azure team, aged 30 with 8yrs exp. Do you think I should focus my career with Azure/Cloud Computing for long term (10+ years) or you recommend that I start learning ML online to save my career?

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  • Google Facebook
    Join Google. Their Cloud will dominate the world soon.
    Mar 2, 2018 10
    • Google Facebook
      Haha
      It’s kinda amusing to observe MS and Amazon folks reaction, but trust me, you can’t even imagine how huge google’s cloud potential is and what it can do. I was also skeptical before joined the company and got accesses to internal docs. It’s just not wrapped in a nice convenient customer services yet. And once that happens, external clients would finally get access to the power behind world’s largest search engine. Not going to convince anyone, just remember my words in a few years.
      Mar 2, 2018
    • Facebook dEmv74
      As an ex googler i +1 on google. Azure builds toys. Lots of. In a matter of time it'll be in the dust by google. Aws is tougher but may happen as well in the long run.
      Mar 2, 2018
    • Daimler deargodwhy
      Google doesn't know or value LTS....They can't be trusted. You Googlers can't think what you want...Potential...Blah blah... but there is only room for a duopoly and the market has already decided.

      Thanks for Kubernetes though, that's some killer tech!
      Mar 3, 2018
    • Facebook xoogl3r
      Last I checked real share numbers google was closing in pretty fast on azure. Without half of the checkboxes ctos think they want or Microsoft sales force. Wait and see...
      Mar 3, 2018
  • Microsoft HqoA11
    ML is 90% backend/infra work, 10%applied research. You don’t need to worry about not being able to get a job in the 90% part
    Mar 2, 2018 3
    • Microsoft userg7
      OP
      I don't get you. Why do you say I don't need to worry about the backend/infra part?
      Mar 3, 2018
    • Bloomberg / Eng
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      Yeah but it’s mostly applied researchers who are (unhappily) doing the infra work
      Mar 3, 2018
    • Microsoft HqoA11
      The applied researchers are not good programmers. It’s hard to find someone that is good at both. Maybe some companies have rich enough pool of applicants to be able to select from top notch applied researchers who are good programmers to do infra works.
      The reason I said you don’t need to worry about it is that the concepts are the same, distributed systems, scalable designs, etc. Unless you are working on operating systems, your backend/infra knowledge is easily transferable
      Mar 4, 2018
  • Daimler deargodwhy
    ML is paying right now and will continue to in the foreseeable future. Let's keep it real though, 10 years from who knows what will be hot and in demand. The real question you should ask yourself is what am I good at and what do I enjoy? Figure that out and then go do that!
    Mar 2, 2018 1
    • SK hynix / Eng Memory Sol
      I enjoy playing Japanese games, but if I develop games for a Japanese studio I will probably have to eat ramen for the rest of my life.
      Mar 2, 2018
  • New / Eng bigN4
    This quickly escalated to GCP vs Azure🤣
    Mar 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng 92305
    You can go to AzureML and do both!
    Mar 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng 92305
    It will sure be relevant, almost the only thing that will be relevant. The cloud is huge though, there are so many layers in the stack, so many services. Many of them will evolve, disappear, merge. Being inside the cloud will help you better understand the dynamics of the business and find what interests you.
    Mar 4, 2018 0
  • Microsoft userg7
    OP
    My broader question is : will Azure/Cloud Computing will be relevant in the industry 10 years down the line?
    Mar 4, 2018 0