Since the analysts realized how greatly cloud computing impacts majority of industries, they started questioning the ways such a trend could change current state on the job market. Approach to business changes and so do the tasks of people employed in IT sectors. There have been many researches about the future of IT job market and they were often contradictory. While some predict a bright future for IT industry others are a bit more skeptical about it.
Considering the proportions of change in business ecosystem the fear for job positions might be justified. Some researchers have pointed out that the current IT employee can be significantly affected by such a development. A shift to outsourcing IT services could reduce the number of traditional IT positions. Transferring responsibilities to external management teams significantly changes the setting in IT sectors. Large part of hardware equipment has become unnecessary and so had the teams that once took care of it. As Gartner research points out:
“Counter intuitively, the IT department is about to undergo a significant transformation. Technology roles are declining while coordinating roles, such as contract managers, relationship managers and portfolio managers, are growing. The jobs of the future will require people skills — without them you’ll face a bit of a hard road.”
Jobs that are particularly under threat are those related to administration and operations center, while programmers are relatively safe because some applications are still not expected to migrate to the cloud.
On the other hand, there are studies that claim that the increasing interest in cloud may open a huge number of different job positions. Cloud services are getting more popular and the provider companies rapidly grow. This is why it is widely believed that the cloud would create new job positions, after all. IDC research from March this year revealed that cloud is to create 14 million jobs by 2015 and this topic triggered many debates. 14 million sounds like a huge number but many pointed out that this is nothing in comparison to the global workforce, especially because these positions refer to particular countries. Others find this a positive benchmark and a sign of bright future.
Article by Reuven Cohen “The Death of an IT guy” draws an important conclusion to this topic. He compares the current situation with the situation described in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman where the business reality changes and people are simply unable to adjust to it. This might be similar to what is currently happening with cloud computing and all the existing IT positions. The setting is getting more dynamic and the traditional positions require employees to adapt to it.
All in all, it seems that the cloud is actually transforming the positions rather than eliminating them. Such a change requires widening of views and improvement of skills which might be too difficult for some. Eventually it is expected that those unable to adapt will probably stay on the edge of change and those who stay in touch with the newest developments should probably feel safe.