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The Cloudy Future of IT Jobs

The cloud is the hottest topic in IT since the personal computer. From giant conglomerates like Microsoft and Oracle, to individual technology consultants, cloud computing is dominating the IT landscape.

Cloud computing is a fancy term that means using the Internet to store data and software. For companies, cloud computing equates to cheaper delivery of software. If you’ve ever used Salesforce.com, filed your taxes online or opened a free email account online, you’ve been in the cloud.

Clearly, cloud computing has been around for a long time, but what does all the recent buzz mean for job hunters? Current research offers differing points of view:|

  1. More Jobs. 
    IT research firm Forrester has forecast that the global cloud computing market will grow from $41 billion this year to $241 billion in 2020.

  2. Broader IT skillsets. 
    A 2011 Gartner report entitled “The Future of IT Work” states that cloud-based tools will require significant retraining and expertise. It goes on to say that
    “virtualization/cloud trends require a broader cross-functional knowledge and training that spans network, processor and storage issues. Practitioners would do well to broaden their interests and begin to prepare themselves for this shift.”

  3. Restructured IT departments. 
    In a Symantec survey of 5,300 companies, more than three-quarters of respondents said their staff doesn’t have the experience to complete a cloud project.
    As more organizations adopt cloud computing, IT managers will need to adjust according to need.

  4. Defined Cloud Computing Strategies Will Emerge. 
    According to a 2011 survey by KPMG Sourcing Advisory, cloud computing adoption is increasing rapidly, but CIOs’ ability to structure and manage these deals is not keeping pace. KPMG says the cloud computing learning curve is elevated, but not steep, as IT managers practice and acquire new skills.

  5. Disappointments and lessons learned. 
    In an IT World article, a reporter wrote candidly, “Cloud computing made everyone think it would suddenly be possible to buy a big, empty box they could open inside the data center to make all the complications of information technology go magically away.” Instead, businesses are finding that while cloud computing is less work than developing software, it’s still a lot of work.

Technisource recruiters have certainly seen an increase in positions requiring cloud computing skills. How are you adjusting to the changing environment?

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