Cloud computing is upon us! The field is growing ever so rapidly, probably more than many anticipated, but the research and development of cloud computing technologies remains among the top priorities for many companies across the globe. The field is expanding, jobs are being created, and companies are becoming more efficient; it is a great time to be in the computer/information technologies industry.
In a study done by IDC Paper White (which is sponsored by Microsoft, I might add), it was found that the need for cloud-related IT jobs will expand over 26% annually the next few years, which would create an astounding 7 million new jobs by the end of the year 2015. This growth is so drastic because many of these jobs currently are unable to be filled due to a large skill gap with workers in the IT field; many existing professionals are expected to make the jump over to cloud-related jobs, but many workers are going to be forced to come up to par with their skills in order to handle these new jobs. These new cloud-related jobs require an entire new set of skills, so there will be a lot needed training and certification before these workers are pushed into their new positions. With that said, though, companies are all for these career shifts within the computer industry because they are essentially putting all their chips on the table for the cloud movement. Already one-half (1/2) of all business enterprises agree that cloud computing is a top priority within the company and two-thirds (2/3) of all these businesses already have plans, or are already using, cloud computing technology. By the year 2016, this two-thirds (2/3) is predicted to become definite as the entirety of those companies will fully be using the technology.
The creation of all these new jobs vastly expands markets all around the work. For example, these cloud computing positions will grow 4.3%, compounding annually, from 2011 to 2015 to reach a total global count of 29.3 million jobs. To put that 4.3% into perspective, the average growth in the United States is 1.1%-2.7% annually. Even for smaller job markets like Canada, they are expected to aggressively pursue and adopt cloud technologies (about 30% faster since they are a small market). New cloud-related markets will emerge in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific; the effect will be noticed around the world and make a huge change to these financial markets.
With these expansions of the field, by as soon as next year, a majority of computational workload is expected to shift to the cloud as opposed to traditional information technology space. For example, by 2014, 52% of the workload will be processed in the loud and 48% will be processed in traditional work spaces (physical hardware). These numbers will only grow over the next few years, until ultimately; the idea of physical storage may become ancient history.
With all of these positive things said, though, many companies have apprehension to adopt cloud computing due to security issues with the technology. Roughly three-fourths (3/4) of all business have some skepticism and are worried about how their data is controlled and accessed in the cloud. The topic of security will be covered in a future blog post, stay tuned!
If you have any question at all about the idea of cloud computing or what it is, check out this relatively short (and extremely well made) video; it’ll give you a lot of insight into the basics of the topic!