Monday, November 07, 2011 5:52:18 PM
As 2011, a year that saw many new technologies rise to prominence, comes to a close, industry analyst firms are currently establishing new projections for 2012. PCWorld recently published an article explaining that many eyes are currently on cloud computing, security software and mobile devices, as these three industries were among the most rapidly expanding throughout the past two years.
According to the source, tech staffing firm Modis recently conducted a survey of 502 tech workers, and 29 percent believed cloud computing will be the biggest area of potential growth in 2012. As the news provider notes, the three industries are very closely intertwined, as the cloud has created new security challenges and refined the ways in which mobile devices can be designed.
Additionally, the survey found that these technological advances have lead many IT professionals to see promising opportunities for employment growth and retention in the coming years.
"As we see the market edging up, as what we were seeing in October, I think the optimism becomes greater," Jack Cullen, president of Modis, told the source. "Whenever we start seeing some follow off and the market is down, that's where people are starting to get a bit worried."
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects computer systems design jobs and associated professions to increase by 45 percent through the next six years, as the burgeoning IT industry will cause an increased need for skilled personnel.
In the Modis survey, 70 percent of respondents explained that they felt one of the biggest perks to their profession would be the ability to manage their own projects for their employers. Notably, the website explained that more respondents were interested in spearheading their own projects than those who listed a competitive salary as the most effective way to keep them happy.
The flexibility and general efficiency improvements workforces experience following cloud adoption have been among the most cited benefits of the technology - one reason many firms are projecting cloud services, especially SaaS-based email systems, to gain a higher market share of enterprise seats soon.
"I think companies are really doing everything they can to retain the services of their good workers by creating those environments with flexibility, with great challenges and with empowerment," Cullen later added to the news provider. "Companies that put an emphasis on training their high-end tech workers are going to have a high chance of retaining them."
-McAfee Cloud Security