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How an Academician got Fascinated about Alibaba Cloud

This article is a brief introduction to Ferdin Joe John Joseph, one of the latest Alibaba Cloud MVPs.
I am Ferdin Joe John Joseph, currently working as an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Information Technology, Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. I teach Data Science as a major for undergraduate students. While I taught the students, I needed to teach Big Data Analytics. Until then, my area of interest included Deep Learning and IoT.

In this scenario, I had to upskill myself with the verticals of cloud computing and big data to make myself good enough to teach Hadoop. Then, I explored options to learn these skills. Most of the competitive cloud providers had a price to learn systematically. When I explored Alibaba Cloud, I found a growth potential over the past few years. This is evident from the 2021 Magic Quadrant released by Gartner on cloud infrastructure.

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The cost of learning with Alibaba Cloud is affordable for any beginner. The materials are designed perfectly to accommodate people from all levels. I purchased the learning resources of ACA Cloud Computing and Big Data. I could understand the information through the slides, though the video tutorials are improving continuously. After finishing the course, I got an ACA certification in cloud computing and started teaching students. I believe in a philosophy of teaching more to learn and expertise of the subject area. So, I started to deliver webinars to university students from India, Malawi, and Thailand. So far, I have given webinars to over 1000 students nearly six months after starting this journey.

During these webinars, I gave live demonstrations on Alibaba Cloud products, including ECS, OSS, and Polar DB. As my expertise includes AI, I am planning to create more demonstrations in PAI.

I got in contact with Multicloud4u, a training partner of Alibaba Cloud. They provided me with a platform to host my lectures online. This added value to the content I delivered, created a positive vibe, and got students interested in Alibaba Cloud. As a result of my webinars, I have seen many students get ACA certifications in cloud computing. 

With all these contributions, I wanted to do more. Then, I saw the Alibaba Cloud MVPs and how they have more facilities to contribute to Alibaba Cloud in more significant ways. Through the MVP friends I met, I applied to become an MVP. The batch of Alibaba Cloud MVPs for September 2021 included me. This was a sweet surprise.

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For any student or faculty member looking to reskill, upskill, or learn new skills in cloud computing, I would recommend starting with Alibaba Cloud and its products. Alibaba Cloud is a promising option to explore, especially for people from third world countries. It is an ocean where I just touched a few droplets. I am continuing my journey with Alibaba Cloud, hoping I can explore more.

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