Enterprises are adding more cloud-computing experts to their IT departments, and the list of much-needed cloud-related skillsets is growing. According to a new CompTIA survey, three out of five companies are expanding their workforces to help them transition to cloud computing.
Vendors, consultants, and enterprises alike are looking for private cloud developers and administrators, departmental liaisons, integration specialists, cloud architects, and compliance specialists, CompTIA found in its third annual cloud computing survey. In addition, one-third of the companies surveyed are reorganizing their IT departments to prepare for the cloud.
Many initially feared that cloud computing would lead to job losses. But according to the CompTIA survey, that’s not currently the case. While 20 percent of the CompTIA survey respondents did reduce their IT headcount as a result of transitioning to cloud computing, nearly half created new cloud computing roles. Nearly one-third restructured their departments.
CompTIA isn’t the only organization to come out with statistics that dispel the idea that cloud computing will be a jobkiller. A study conducted by Microsoft and IDC in May predicts that cloud computing will create 14 million new jobs by 2015. But as Forbes points out, that represents only a small percentage of the world’s 3 billion-plus workforce.
Respondents to the CompTIA survey say employees are seeking training to develop new skills that will make them valuable in a cloud computing world. IT managers are taking more of a consultative approach and helping with the go-to-market strategy. IT teams are becoming more tightly integrated with lines of business and in the current climate, it’s more important to understand business strategy as a primary objective.
There’s also a developing market for cloud consultants, since one in five enterprises has contracted with a third-party vendor to help them make the transition.
But where do you get that training? One place is a conference where you can immerse yourself and learn all aspects of a new technology. Luckily for you, Computing Now has just posted videos and presentations from the recently completed CLOUD 2012 in Honolulu. Visit the site to view three days worth of presentations and video on all aspects of cloud computing–from standards to cloud mobility to high-performance computing.
And if you are already possess expertise in cloud computing, consider joining the IEEE Computer Society’s Special Technical Community on Cloud Computing to help influence the field’s future growth.