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Some 14 million new jobs will be created by 2015 thanks to cloud computing, a new study predicts. Buthalf of these jobs will be in India and China.Still, 1.2 million new “cloud-enabled” jobs will be created in the U.S. and Canada, the study says. And, if these predictions hold true, that’s nothing to sneeze at. The report was commissioned by Microsoft and done by market research firm IDC. (Full report: PDF.)
The cloud has been called the next wave of IT reform. With each wave, businesses grow more productive. The first wave was old school mainframes and dumb terminals. Then came client/server computing, where hardware grew cheap and PCs grew plentiful.
The cloud means that businesses share the IT infrastructure by ordering it as a service. Any size company now has affordable access to all the applications, computational, and storage power they need, delivered over the Internet, and can pay only for what they use.
The theory is that the cloud will increase productivity so much, and will let businesses think up new ways to serve their customers, that businesses will be rolling in cash: the cloud will help businesses grow worldwide revenue by $1.1 trillion annually by 2015, the study says.
For instance, safety testing organisation Underwriters Laboratories, uses Office 365, a cloud-based version of several Microsoft products for businesses. Office 365 means UL hasn’t had to spend money on physical IT infrastructure, like servers. At the same time, it is letting UL collaborate with its clients to finish its projects faster. UL wants to roll out more collaboration to customers and plans to hire a bunch of Microsoft SharePoint engineers to do so, Microsoft says.
Jobs will be spread among enterprises and small businesses alike. They will be in sales, finance, production and marketing, among other areas. More than one-third of cloud-enabled jobs will occur in the communications and media, banking, and discrete manufacturing industries.
If you haven’t added the world “cloud” to your LinkedIn profile you might want to look into that: the study says companies will add 6.7 million new cloud-related jobs in 2012. That will grow to 8.8 million in 2013, 11.3 million in 2104, and 13.8 million in 2015 (all compared with 2011 figures).