Will the Cloud steal your job?

The article published by Virtualization.com with the title “Burton Group’s Five Trends That Will Transform IT in 2010” was based on a research from Burton Group. I would like to get my hands on this research because out of five topics (better put as trends or tendencies) three of them are directly related to everything we talk about in this blog.

  1. Externalization, Consumerization and Globalization
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Data Center Transformation
  4. Social Computing
  5. Wireless Everything

It seems to me that if you are reading this blog you are most likely in line with the professional IT tendencies for the near future and should be safe on your career path – or you are one of my friends.

It is still cloudy however I foresee changes to the IT job market.

One of the most recognizable today is how VDI is affecting desktop and field support related professions. Whilst desktops and workstations are transitioned to datacenters, server engineers are getting involved in supporting this new user environment. There is a  downside to it, datacenter engineers have no experience in managing desktops and there has to be a learning curve that may impact on the overall user experience with VDI.

Professionals directly involved with cloud resources such as network and storage engineers will have their space guaranteed working in private or public clouds.

Public clouds are starting to provide not only PaaS (Platform as a Service) but also SaaS (Software as a Service). Database and application specialists such as CRMs and  ERPs will probably find their niche working for cloud host providers and be responsible for large and distributed deployments.

Not all services will be or can be cloudified as there are still several security, resourcing and governance implications, but few organizations like salesforce.com and SAP have already been using the cloud to deliver and stream their applications.

Think about your organization and try to identify workloads that could be moved to the cloud. I’m certain that, unless you work for CIA or KGB, you are able visualize few services that could possibly run from the cloud.

The “datacenter transformation” is more like a paradigm shift than service transformation. Most large organizations have already, at some level, started the virtualization process and few of them are already trialing public cloud services such as Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Windows Azure. VMware is also stepping into the battle with their vCloud Express platform.

I would like to think that there will be a flow of professionals from the affected areas to newly created cloud-related positions and no one will be without work. However specialization will take its charge and non-centric specialists will most likely struggle in this very competitive professional market we live today.

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  1. […] Operational Considerations – Think about groups of users, computer and  templates. The better you know your environment the better you will be able to prepare for the design. As an example, the least VM templates you have, the least operational effort will be necessary to maintain the VDI environment. It is very recommendable to think about application virtualisation as part of the solution to reduce complexity and streamline the guest OS. The last bit is related to people to support the desktops. Think about the structure in your organisation as it might have to change to accommodate the new environment. Despite no directly applied to internal VDI environments I have discussed this at “Will the Cloud steal your job?” […]

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