IT Workers Will Survive In a World on the Cloud
You must have heard of the phrase, “Form is temporary, class is permanent,” This phrase is often used to defend a sportsperson with an impressive history of achievements who experiences a terrible loss of form, leading to doubts being raised about his ability. I would like to say, on the same lines, “Jobs are temporary, work is permanent”. Allow me to explain this with regards to cloud computing.
One of the greatest fears about the rise of cloud computing is the risk of job obsolescence. People employed in the IT industry today fear losing their jobs tomorrow as the world shifts to the cloud. However, this belief is entirely misplaced. Consider the typewriter industry. For several decades, the ultimate dream of an American professional who dealt with the written word was to acquire one of these beautiful machines, whose very solidity of construction and the sound of the hammer striking the paper spelled reassurance.
However, as we all know, the technology became obsolete with the appearance of the personal computer and word processing software. So, did all the people who worked in the typewriter industry become unemployed forever? Some certainly did – those who could not be trained in a different trade. However, many got back to the workforce after getting themselves educated and retrained, using many transferable skills to excel in their new professions.
Perhaps a better example would be the auto industry. An auto worker who assembled the Ford Model Ts would be all at sea in the Ford plant of today. However, with the proper training, even such a worker may find a job. And remember, the shift from today’s IT world to cloud computing is not as drastic; hence, the learning curve is not as steep.
Also, consider that of all the companies that comprised the original Dow Jones Industrial Average, only General Electric survives today. Therefore, if you lose your job in the IT department of a company that migrates to the cloud, you can very well get a position at the cloud computing service provider which runs that cloud.
Similar views were expressed by Microsoft cloud evangelist Simon May, who said that the skills needed by tech workers will change, but they will not become redundant. He commented that IT professionals are “really, really intelligent” individuals, who continue to add value to organizations. “It doesn’t matter if you work for one of the major vendors or out there in the field for an organisation, what you provide is a localized level of intelligence that tailors a solution to the customer’s emerging needs,” he stated.
He expressed his belief that the need for this specialist IT expertise will never go away, in spite of the rise of cloud computing, because only such people can guide the less technologically-inclined. “You’re always going to need people that are able to be a guide or a gatekeeper, who are able to guide people through the technological jungle that is out there,” he said.
Now, this covers only jobs that exist today. For jobs that can potentially be added due to cloud computing, you can refer to an earlier article of mine (See: How Cloud Computing Can Create Jobs ). In conclusion, cloud computing is good for everybody – businesses looking to improve operations, and their employees as well.
By Sourya Biswas