IT bods: Cloud won't turn us into dinosaurs
Base jumping into data centres. Mind how you go, now...
Cloud computing won’t lead to IT workers giving up the day job, according to a new survey.
CWJobs found that 40 per cent of 1,300 IT bods expected to see more jobs becoming available thanks to the arrival of cloud computing, which has garnered interest among UK company bosses over the past year.
However, plenty of IT professionals are concerned about what cloud computing could mean for job security with more than a quarter (28 per cent) of those surveyed worried that their future might well be doomed by the data centre.
At the same time, 70 per cent of respondents agreed that possessing skills and experience in cloud computing would make them more employable. Presuming that is that their job isn’t easily automated by said cloud.
Young 20-something sysadmins were more enthusiastic about all things cloudy. CWJobs said that 65 per cent believed the latest IT industry fad would generate more jobs. But tech workers in their 40s were more reticent about cloud computing, with just 28 per cent agreeing that it could heat up the UK technology job pool.
The survey unsurprisingly produced some confusion among respondents who are still getting their knickers in a twist over what cloud computing actually means.
Around half of those surveyed thought that cloud computing would require specialist skills. Conversely, 75 per cent of respondents said they needed to gain new skills and experience to get to grips with the technology.
“It is encouraging to see that IT professionals recognise the career opportunities emerging from the rise of cloud computing. However, confusion evidently surrounds how candidates can best bolster their CVs for these opportunities,” noted CWJobs’ website director Richard Nott.
“While it is not yet clear which specific skills will be useful for cloud computing, the majority of IT professionals do believe there will be a need to adapt to capitalise on the changing IT landscape and that now is the time to do this.” ®
More jobs in Bangalore perhaps.
First they told us that manufacturing was not important because we would have more and better paying work in services. When services was taken over by offshore sweatshops and visa abusers they told us that it was not important because we would be consumers. What will we be when they tell us consumerism is not important because we no longer can afford anything?
Evil Bill because he may make yet another trip to DC to lobby Congress to remove visa caps.
While I am sure it has some sensible uses, the only people it is engaging at the moment at companies desperate to sell server/disk time, tech pundits needing to sell copy and muppet boses who are desperate to impress the board of their company with some great new idea!
The rest of us shop-floor IT types will hold our judgement until something genuinely useful comes out of this, having seen fads come and go for many a year. I am sure something good will come from this, when fads come there is usually something useful to be salvaged from the wreckage.
Worked in places in the last 2-3 years still running kit that should have been recycled into baked bean cans many years ago. Someone has to keep all the old crap running until the users decide they no longer need 15 year old XYZ application!
I fully expect to be able to employ a load of old (some very old) skills in the cloud - I just need to remember the new buzz words used to describe them.
( can we have a "I've been doing this shit way too long" icon ? )