I was hired some time ago to work in a consulting company in the AWS team (Amazon cloud). Now they want to expand to other cloud providers namely Azure (Microsoft Cloud) and want me to learn and get certified on that platform. They see it as the new big thing but I have no desire to embark on that career path.
I would rather broaden my skills on AWS and get more certifications there as I see AWS as more popular and more technologically advanced than Azure. I definitely don't want to become the company's Azure expert!
I would like to explain to my manager that I don't want to do that and I'm happy and would prefer working on AWS projects. I'm not keen to quit because of this, but neither I'm keen to shift my career to Azure and start in that field from scratch again.
How can I convince my employer that they should better pick someone else without creating unnecessary tensions?
Update: Thanks for all the feedback! Based on the comments I want to clarify a few things:
It's not that I don't want to learn new things. It's more that I don't want to spend my time and effort on learning Azure in particular, because
- Its market share is very small comparing to AWS
- It's not looking like the next big thing
- AWS skills are in a much higher demand than Azure skills (look at any job search website)
- Because of higher demand the AWS architects and engineers are better paid than Azure, GCP, or similar (look at Glassdoor for example)
- AWS is releasing heaps of new services every week - just keeping up with that would be a full time job. If I spend time away getting upskilled on Azure I will never catch up with AWS world again.
I can still be useful for the company as an AWS engineer, very keen to learn new things and become an expert in that field.
We are a consultancy company, i.e. we do work (design, implementation, support) for other companies. We are flooded with AWS work and we occasionally get request for some Azure, GCP or OpenStack work. Like 1 in 50 jobs would be for one of these platforms. I see very little use for the effort invested in learning a whole new platform.
Posting this question and all the feedback received helped me organise and structure my feelings about it into arguments that I can bring up with my managers and hopefully convince them to pick someone else without creating much tensions.
Thanks a lot everyone!