With the continuous developments of the cloud computing market, organizations are realizing that cloud computing is not merely a technological change. Cloud computing has an impact on all layers of an organization, for starters the ICT departments and ICT professionals within these departments.
Currently there are two discernable patterns: on the one hand you see organizations that are, often forcibly, shrinking due to the slow economic recovery, and on the other hand you see organizations that search for a more efficient use of their ICT resources; where the latter frequently takes cloud into consideration. In both instances, personnel issues need to be discussed commonly without insurance of job certainty. Some rumors are going around that cloud computing is not beneficial to the job market, even though several researches and market figures (Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics – CBS) indicate the exact opposite.
The ICT Market monitor of 2013 has consulted the CBS numbers and these indicate that after a slight decrease in 2009, the demand for ICT personnel has only increased. The Market monitor also states that the ICT unemployment rate seems to be due, in part, to a mismatch between supply and demand. Technology is, after all, continuously developing, whereas people cannot always keep up. A direct quote form the Market monitor: “In the coming years companies predict a difficulty in filling job vacancies for software development.”. This quote especially seems to pave the way for software developers. Yefim Natis, analyst at Gartner, also sees this development continuing between 2011-2016. I personally think that there are more possibilities within a larger variety of fields. So, not only in the area of cloud software, but also in the area of maintenance for multiple clouds and their connectivity.
Increased chances for job opportunities is largely determined by how the ICT professional has developed alongside the changes in the ICT market. Cloud computing has maintained certain elements (way of interacting with networks etc.), while adapting to other things, leading to the following questions:
- How do you deal with demands from a business where the users wish to utilize their own specific environment and tools in order to do their job? How do you manage this movement as well as the data that is created and can be saved anywhere in the world?
- When more and more solutions are being offered through the cloud and companies become less dependent on ICT professionals, what does this mean for the work of the ICT departments?
- What is the added value of an ICT professional when the independent user barely needs the help of ICT anymore?
The questions mentioned above are discussed in detail in the recently published white paper by EXIN and BPdelivery. The white paper “Cloud Computing: The impact for IT departments and the IT professional “ extensively discusses the new roll of the ICT departments and the professionals working there.
Popular opinion dictates that the ICT professionals who understand that ICT should move towards the business side, have the highest chance of success. While this is true, it does not mean that the technical component will disappear. I expect that ICT professionals able to make the link to the business side, while still maintaining the necessary technical competences, are the best fit for the developments that are taking place now and in the future. Staying idle is not an option, currently the developments in the area of cloud are moving at a rapid pace. It will be difficult to find the right fit between company and professional. The white paper tries to help speed this process along.