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4 Million Cloud Jobs by 2015?

The cloud is supposed to bring efficiencies to computing that, at times, can also mean efficiencies in the IT personnel needed to launch and drive cloud initiatives. In short, the cloud can seem like a job killer. At least that's the general perception among many of our Redmond readers. Popular perception often trumps facts and figures, even with good evidence to the contrary in the form of an IDC report -- albeit, commissioned by Microsoft -- that shows cloud computing will effectively create about 14 million jobs in the next three years.

The study show that a third of cloud -based hiring will form around mainly communications and media, banking, and manufacturing; also, half of all cloud-related jobs will originate in emerging markets (mainly China and India). IDC derived the data from forecasts it made from cloud spending trends globally.

Is the cloud having an effect on hiring where you are, or have you hired or plan to hire based on some cloud initiatives?  Let Doug know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.
-By Michael Domingo

Posted by Michael Domingo on 03/07/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Fri, Mar 9, 2012 Joseph J Lyons NYC

I know that the Bell Curve is more or less accurate. My concern is the growing number of unemployed showing up on the left side. Those on the right will, for the most, part be OK. Curiosity is a driving force that would keep them going. The others lack the ability to see opportunity to move up. This happens regardless of education. Like those individuals that suffer from stunted mental development they reach a certain point and that's it. My larger concern is that we may be headed toward 75% unemployment by the end of this century if nothing is left for many to do.

Thu, Mar 8, 2012 Dan Iowa

The cloud has already made it to foreign countries, and data is already being hosted overseas. It is true that companies should be worrying about PII data. However, it is my sense that some companies are simply ignoring the laws, or they simply do not put PII data in the cloud. You have to specifically request that your data be housed only in this country, and hope that the company will sign a contract to that affect. If you think about it, if every country in the world adopted laws that PII data be housed in the country, then for example Microsoft could probably only do that kind of business in the United States and Ireland. As things stand now, the sales guys for cloud services are simply telling people that your data is more secure in their data centers than it would be in yours. They'll talk about large datacenters and the number of locations and locks on all the doors, and they'll hope you just sign up. Many of them will not sign a contract that says they won't mine your data. That should tell you something.

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 Wally Virginia

Cloud infrastructure won't necessarily make it to foreign countries if laws protecting PII data are still in effect and enforced. I don't think the US Government is going to be using clouds based in China anytime soon (to Chinese hackers the US is "their cloud").

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 Dan Iowa

I think most people will continue to be confused about the idea of jobs and the cloud. We have a tradition in the U.S. of confusing job creation with employment increases. (Statement intentionally made confusing to get people thinking.) Companies create jobs, and they do it where it makes sense; to them. That does not mean in the United States. The cloud enables some of the IT workers to be swapped for IT workers in another country because the datacenter does not have to be where the company is. To put it another way, if Microsoft hires 5,000 workers, that really is 5,000 new jobs. However if they happen to be in Dublin, Ireland, do you still care?

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 David California

It pains me to see such economically ignorant responses regarding whether "the cloud" will be a job killer. Productivity is never a job killer. Productivity gains are a natural attribute of technology. Companies will always be looking to lower costs to maximize profit. It is a necessary component to stay economically viable. If your against productivity gains you're in the wrong industry. The natural extension to this twisted logic is to stop the progression of technological advances. Hogwash. Who do you think are going to work at the data centers and the cloud providers? Was the DVD a job Killer? Most if not all those people making vinyl records lost their jobs, but a completely new sector was created that employed many people. How about the automobile? All those horse carriage makers lost their jobs also. Should we go back to riding horses? Think people. We are in an industry that is ever changing. It will never be static. You have to accept this and keep learning new technologies to stay current and relevant. We already have a President that does not understand economics. At the height of the recession he was complaining that ATM machines were job killers. Let's rise above this shallow ignorant thinking and accept change as the inevitable force that continues to raise our living standards.

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 Norris Breeze

I think you have a misprint on the 14 million jobs, and the link is broken.

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