Jan 23, 2015

Has cloud computing resulted in a net gain or net loss of IT jobs?


One of the benefits often touted for moving to the cloud is lower costs, and one of the things that is often pointed to as being lowed is “reduced spending for IT support.” Isn’t this just a euphemism for “you can fire part of your IT staff?” How has this actually played out in practice?
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01/23/2015
I think the cloud deployments that I have seen haven't been at the expense of IT workers, but a replacement or retraining to different skills. Instead of server-hugging, they are doing more service work out in userland.

See this somewhat older survey:
http://searchcio.techtarget.com/news/2240161458/A-pulse-check-on-enterprise-cloud-computings-net-effect-on-IT-jobs

And this older op/ed piece on CIO.com:
http://www.cio.com/article/2403006/virtualization/the-it-jobs-cloud-computing-will-create.html

I would welcome more recent stats on this, but I think the answer is still no.
Best answer
01/23/2015
I think the cloud deployments that I have seen haven't been at the expense of IT workers, but a replacement or retraining to different skills. Instead of server-hugging, they are doing more service work out in userland.

See this somewhat older survey:
http://searchcio.techtarget.com/news/2240161458/A-pulse-check-on-enterprise-cloud-computings-net-effect-on-IT-jobs

And this older op/ed piece on CIO.com:
http://www.cio.com/article/2403006/virtualization/the-it-jobs-cloud-computing-will-create.html

I would welcome more recent stats on this, but I think the answer is still no.
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