The Cloud’s Effect on Your Job

Many experts think it will be good for employees

22 June 2012

We’ve dedicated nearly all the articles that appeared this month to IEEE’s work in cloud computing. We’ve covered standards, experts’ analyses of trends, products and services, conferences, and we even collaborated with on a special “Tech News” video highlighting our coverage of the subject.

Love it or hate it (if the responses to our question of the month are any indication, it appears a lot of our readers DO hate it), cloud computing is spreading. Regardless of how you feel, cloud computing doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, so wouldn’t you like to know how it may affect your job?

The IEEE Computer Society recently posted an interesting article on this topic, called “Cloud Computing Creates New Roles in IT,” in the career section of its website. In it, author Peggy Albright writes that cloud computing “will have a broad and substantial impact on jobs, either by creating new roles or changing or replacing others.” She says experts mostly view the cloud as good for jobs.

As companies transition to cloud services, what will happen to employees who previously maintained their legacy systems? Albright cites Andrew Greenway—cloud computing program lead at consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company Accenture—who says that companies will not be able to “simply swap out their legacy systems for new cloud approaches.” Instead, they “will need to manage their new cloud services along with legacy IT systems, and the process will require staff that can provide security, data management, and data analytics,” Albright writes.

Greenway adds that this will be a good thing for current employees. “I think we’re going to live in a hybrid world for a long time,” he says. “The skills people have built over the years will be very valuable for many years to come, so you shouldn’t panic.”

The article also states that the growth of cloud computing is great for those on the lookout for work. “Hundreds of cloud companies have been created in the Saas, PaaS, and IaaS categories [check out “A View Inside the Cloud” to learn more about these types of cloud computing], even though the cloud industry is still very early in its evolution and represents just a fraction of the larger software and computing industries,” Albright writes. Many of these companies are hiring, such as Dropbox, according to Byron Deeter, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners

How do you feel about cloud computing’s potential impact on current employees, as well as its ability to create new jobs?

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