Demand for Cloud-Based Skills Will Grow Rapidly

Demand for Cloud-Based Skills Will Grow Rapidly

Demand for Cloud-Based Skills Will Grow Rapidly

Strength in Numbers  There will be 7 million cloud-related IT jobs created worldwide by 2015.

The acceleration of demand for cloud-based tech skills will increase far beyond that of other IT niches, according to Microsoft-sponsored research conducted by IDC. In fact, there are 1.7 million open cloud-related positions right now. But managers can't fill them because job seekers lack the required training and certification to excel in a cloud-enabled world. The resulting whitepaper, "Climate Change: Cloud's Impact on IT Organizations and Staffing," also pinpoints the following tech specialties that organizations will most depend on in this fast-paced environment. "Cloud computing is crucial to the bottom line of the company—it creates cost savings and efficiencies for companies and their customers," says Cushing Anderson, program vice president at IDC. "But workforces around the world are steps behind when it comes to attaining the skills necessary to thrive in the cloud computing industry. There is no one-size-fits-all set of criteria for jobs in cloud computing. Therefore, training and certification are essential for preparing prospective job candidates to work in these jobs." More than 600 hiring managers worldwide took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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