Will IT jobs go by the wayside because of Cloud Computing?

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  • 8 years ago
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    No. Why would they? Someone still has to run and maintain those machines no matter where they reside.

    Just because some company throws its local server "into the cloud" doesn't mean it goes away - it just means it's no longer physically on-site.

    Besides, employees are still using desktops, laptops, printers, etc. and still need local network and internet access, right? Well, how is "cloud computing" going to deal with these? It doesn't.

    BTW, "cloud computing" isn't anything but a new buzzword. "Hosted services", "Software as a service", "Application service provider", etc, etc, etc, are all names for the same thing.

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  • 8 years ago

    Cloud will create some new jobs & will eliminate some existing ones. Integration with the cloud, Data Mining, Vendor contract management, Web analytics, Business Intelligence, Virtualization, Web-Security, mobile applications -- these are skills for the next decade.

    As the cloud services penetrate deep into the market, they are indeed going to reduce the number of traditional IT employees with certain skill sets like installation and maintenance work. Cloud services are self-serviced & most of the tasks are automated. There will likely be fewer people needed per thousand transactions. But no need to panic as it would be a gradual transition & may be most of the IT employees can be accommodated with a changed role.

    An excerpt from a popular magazine:

    "Develop an expertise on a particular high-end technology environment, such as virtualisation or storage area networking. Or get some experience managing a SaaS provider. Embrace the cloud, don't fight it"

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  • 8 years ago

    Cloud computing has security issues and is not a good fit for government nor businesses that require any kind of privacy. As far as the previous answer putting government workers down, they are no different than any other industry - some are very good, some are average and some are below average. To lump an entire industry together shows ignorance.

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  • Mark M
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    8 years ago

    The IEEE rates cloud computing as the hotest area right now. I bet you can take your old IBM 286, slap a cloud computing sticker on the side, and it will sell.

    With technology shift, for every job destroyed making buggy whips, more than one job is created in the new technology.

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  • 8 years ago

    Of course not - the jobs will just be shifted to the cloud providers. Just because you move a service doesn't mean that the provider avoids the service aspect (computers still go down, software still needs updating and trouble shooting, etc, hardware still needs to be upgraded, fixed, etc.)

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  • 8 years ago

    not in government. Theres people that barely even know how to long in to a computer let alone use it.

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  • 8 years ago

    no, it will only increase the number of jobs

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