Cloud Computing: 14 Million Reasons to Get With the Program…NOW
According to breathtaking new research from Microsoft, the result of a commission to analyst firm IDC, approximately fourteen million new jobs will be created by the year 2015, all of those jobs stemming from a swelling boom in cloud computing. Profits generated from such a boon in cloud activity to skyrocket to more than $1 trillion dollars within the exact same time frame. This combination of revenue heights and a shot in the arm to unemployment woes worldwide could potentially translate into an unprecedented shift in workplace structure. Readers, the take home figure is three years — the amount of time in which cloud’s significance will mushroom.
Those professionals who are not yet cloud savvy should view these three years as an opportunity to self-educate, quickly and deeply. The most critical knowledge is the difference between Infrastructure as a Service, Software as a Service, and Platform as a Service, three cloud essentials which a recent article from Business Insider efficiently elucidates. Yet beyond such bottom-tier information, other crucial basics include an understanding of how cloud interweaves with the issues of the day, such as American governmental policy and European data protection protocol. (Hint: consistent reading of CloudTweaks helps you fulfill this aim with flying colors.)
IT folk, the pressure to step up your cloud prowess is also mounting at great speed. Information Week’s recent cogent article on this subject advises IT professionals to aspire to become a sharp, self-sufficient pundit on all things cloud — the best method to maintain marketability into the coming years. Obviously reading top-quality blogs and journals is a great way to keep in cloud shape. (Please forgive this article’s second shameless CloudTweaks plug.) But knowledge of cloud integration into already existent, traditional systems is also vital. Another important consideration: your skill at quickly and compellingly erecting a private cloud for your own current needs. The most marketable among us show no qualms making private clouds work well.
Even those not directly involved in IT can implement simple cloud intelligence into their quiver of assets. Form an opinion on the current state of cloud’s security; locate and befriend others compelled by cloud computing and discuss the ups and downs of the technology. When in doubt, seek however you can to know a little more about the cloud each day. Failure to mobilize in these next three years will leave stragglers in a different, less desirable cloud – made of dust.
By Jeff Norman