Cloud and New Careers
As cloud computing burst upon the scene in its current form a few years back, there was a great deal of anxiety among IT professionals that IT jobs would evaporate as enterprises moved to cloud.
Actually, just the opposite appears to have happened. Never before have opportunities for IT professionals been greater. IDC, for one, predicts cloud spending will reach $100 billion over the coming year. Add to that the fact that employers have been on an unstoppable IT hiring binge over the past three years – CareerBuilder, an employment firm, says software developer jobs alone have increased 12% since 2010.
The continued unfettered growth in IT hiring is occurring because organizations recognize that their future lies within the digital realm, and the only way to get there is to tap into the growing range of enterprise-grade cloud-based platforms and services that are becoming available.
The rise of the cloud-powered enterprise not only means greater opportunities for IT professionals, but their bosses and business colleagues as well. Here’s how cloud is reshaping corporate employment opportunities:
IT managers and executives:Cloud is elevating the role of IT leaders away from implementers of code and running data centers to that of full-fledged advisors and consultants to the business. No longer does the IT executives’ domain stop at the data center door – it is now understood that IT shapes the entire business. IT managers essentially take on a “brokerage” role, identifying resources from across the internet, as well as services available in the data centers. Needed: more IT executives who can take a leadership role for the entire business at the management committee or even board level. IT is now that crucial to a business’s overall success.
IT professionals and specialists: The rise of cloud data centers and enterprise cloud initiatives has resulted in an insatiable demand for software developers, engineers and architects. Cloud means focusing on new disciplines. Positions such as enterprise architects and analysts – who can bridge the gap between IT and the business – are becoming more prominent. There’s a greater need for architects, analysts and protagonists who know where to go to get the right technology to get the job done. Needed: more IT professionals with business training or acumen, who can work closely with business users to identify their needs.
Line of business managers and knowledge workers: Mastery of cloud services is a potential path to success for many business professionals. The ability to save great amounts of money while introducing new efficiencies is a potential career booster. For example, a rising HR professional who can leverage human resources and benefits APIs can demonstrate great versatility. Or a financial manager can take advantage of online ERP to manage assets, or use cloud-based services to make better investments of corporate funds. The bottom line is that cloud computing has evolved far beyond being just another IT project – it affects all aspects of the business.
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