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Article: Managing cloud services for DB

DB’s IT now resides in the cloud. We have done away with out server cabinets. DB Systel's cloud experts design and provide DB’s IT infrastructure so that it meets all digitalisation requirements.

With today's cloud infrastructure, DB can bring new services and applications into operation faster than would be possible with traditional IT infrastructure. This benefits the individual business segments and business units as well as travellers. New, Group-wide cloud services promote new business models and innovations. In November 2016, the Group Management Board decided on a comprehensive cloud strategy and sold Deutsche Bahn's own data centre. Since then, almost all of the Group’s IT has migrated to the DB Enterprise Cloud. This is because, if digitalisation is to succeed, it is important to be able to react quickly to new market trends and customer requirements. The demand for flexible IT services continues to rise, which is why the new cloud-native reality requires different thinking and new skills from all those who design, implement and manage IT.  

Typical job roles for cloud professions 

Cloud architects

In this role, experts support the optimal use of cloud technologies in a company. They advise on the design, migration and implementation of cloud-based applications and make basic technological proposals on which the solution should be based. Architects plan the system architecture and implement it with the help of administrators and developers.  

Cloud engineers

A cloud engineer is responsible for all technical tasks relating to the development, operation and maintenance of cloud services. Cloud engineers' area of responsibility includes devising and implementing the design and structure of user interfaces, managing the required cloud infrastructures and carrying out any necessary maintenance and service work. 

Cloud admins

Administrators of cloud solutions make sure they run smoothly and take care of day-to-day tasks connected with cloud applications. They ensure that the required cloud resources are available and maintain and monitor the systems. If things don’t run according to plan, they are the first to know and they rectify the problem. 

What skills do cloud experts need? 

To join us as a cloud expert, you should have a degree or vocational training in IT or relevant previous experience. Knowledge of programming languages is important for all cloud roles as admins today control resources using code instead of patch cables. Which languages these are in practice depends on the role and the technology used. However, a great affinity for the latest cloud technology is always required; AWS and Azure are our most important cloud partners. As DB Systel primarily develops solutions for Group partners, experience in UX, software design, software development and DevOps is an advantage. As teams often work autonomously on solutions in direct contact with the business units, communication skills and a willingness to take responsibility are also important characteristics in the day-to-day business of railway digitalisation. We also like to see team spirit, agility and a desire to learn in our team structures at DB Systel. 

Cloud experts are needed everywhere – your doorway to a career in cloud computing 

We develop and operate in the cloud, embrace DevOps and consolidate important services into Group-wide platforms. This means we can use your cloud skills everywhere and find a suitable task for every level of experience. No matter whether you join us with vocational training as a Sprint Starter or jump straight in as an expert. You will find suitable openings for every level on our job board.