Recently there has been quite a bit of buzz in my world about what the cloud will mean for IT careers. Will the cloud bring more jobs? Less jobs? Personal experience has taught me that advanced technologies and virtualized environments in general, whether in the cloud or on-premise, bring increased demands for talented IT professionals.
In fact, I think my IT counterparts are busier today than ever and there seems to be no end in sight for the demands they face. Nick Heath, chief reporter for TechRepublic UK, recently took up this subject in a recent CIO Insights blog article, “Cloud computing: What does it really mean for IT jobs?” Insightful from many perspectives, this article alleviates related concerns that many roles managing IT infrastructure will all but disappear. Sure, specific tasks and titles may go away all together, but it is not likely the people fulfilling the responsibilities will find spare time on their hands. More likely a scenario, explains Heath, is that these professionals will be in higher demand handling cloud-related responsibilities. Based on recent perspectives from Gartner research director, Gregor Petri, Heath’s article makes clear that while traditional infrastructure management roles may become all but defunct, allowing IT systems to be run with fewer people, it doesn’t necessarily mean the individuals who carried out those roles will find themselves out of the job.
As with other existing technologies that fit well with cloud computing, cloud-based disaster recovery services are also in high demand and require new skills on the part of the IT professional. Heath points out in his article that his readers remind him often that old technologies can die a slow death. I suspect IT professionals who embrace new cloud-related skills will be busier than ever managing new and old technologies in an increasingly busy IT environment.