January 30, 2012
Cloud computing and its related services provide businesses, government organizations and consumers with several benefits, but the technologies are also impacting the enterprise landscape in another manner.
According to a recent London School of Economics study, the rise of cloud computing will fuel global economic growth and alter the type of jobs and skills required by businesses. The report specifically examined the economic impact the cloud has had in the aerospace and smartphone services industries in the United States, U.K., Germany and Italy.
Cloud computing and the explosion in access to technology is impacting the character of work across industries, generating new skills demands, employment and growth opportunities," said John Vassalo, vice president of a global technology provider. "The findings highlight that Europe has real opportunity to capture the Cloud’s potential, with particular benefit to SME's as well as new business creation through emerging Cloud services."
The study revealed some impressive statistics regarding the projected growth of cloud-related jobs in smartphone services and aerospace companies. In the U.K., cloud-related jobs regarding smartphone services are expected to increase 349 percent from 2010 to 2014, while expanding 52 percent in the aerospace industry. During the same period in the U.S., cloud positions will extend 168 percent in smartphone companies and 57 percent in the aerospace sector.
The report said U.S. cloud jobs in the smartphone industry will reach 54,000 in 2014 compared to only 4,040 in the U.K.
Enterprises are continuing to adopt several different cloud offerings to reduce costs and improve scalability, such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service. According to some experts, SaaS is expanding more rapidly than any other cloud service, as it enables companies to deploy and update enterprise applications quickly and efficiently. Global Industry Analysts recently reported the global SaaS market will reach $26.5 billion by 2015.
-McAfee Cloud Security