125,000 Cloud Jobs In Australia By 2015?

It's clear that the shift to cloud computing will change IT jobs, but just what will the impact be? A report commissioned from research firm IDC by Microsoft takes a sunny view of the situation, predicting that cloud deployments will see 125,000 new jobs created in Australia by 2015.

In the release announcing the study, IDC chief research officer John Gantz was bullish about the potential for cloud:

A common misperception is cloud computing is a job eliminator, but in truth it will be a job creator -- a major one. And job growth will occur across continents and throughout organisations of all sizes because emerging markets, small cities and small businesses have the same access to cloud benefits as large enterprises or developed nations.

He might well have a point, but that doesn't mean the benefits are distributed entirely equally. As you can see in the chart at the top (click for a full-size version), Australia falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to cloud computing gains: ahead of China but miles behind Argentina.


Comments

    And Abbott wants to kill the NBN?

      I don't reject NBN, but to be fair, no other country has that kind of infrastructure, and still they manage to run cloud services.

        Do any other first world countries have the kind of geographical challenges that Australia has, and for getting serious about cloud around those geographic challenges, and putting us in competition with say eastern Europe (or if we were really serious, Japan / South Korea) - NBN is pretty close to the cheapest viable option.

        No other country has the vast sparsely populated geography that Australia has. Even the USA has an evenly distributed and dense population compared to here.

        Australia's situation is unique in the world.
        Our vast distances mean telecommunications to country and outback areas has to be cross-subsidised.
        Our geographical challenges have not changed since the federal government (Postmaster General's Dept) had the foresight to build the nation's copper telephone network 60-70 years ago.

        We face the same challenges today and that is why it is critically important for the government to build the NBN.

        The Howard government left it to the private sector and absolutely nothing happened. So, only city people (inner & middle suburbs) have access to reasonable broadband internet.

        The NBN will allow Australians to regionalise like never before.
        It presents an opportunity to reverse the immense environmental and social damage caused by swarming in big cities.

    Link to the report?

    http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2011/04/how-the-cloud-might-alter-your-career-path/

    They would be based in India and China due to wages.

    http://www.itnews.com.au/News/292697,cloud-job-growth-skips-australia.aspx

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