Microsoft: Cloud to create 14 million jobs by 2015

Jennifer Scott News
5 Mar, 2012

Research commissioned by the software giant claims revenues will hit $1.1 trillion in just three years.

Cloud computing will give the jobs market a much needed boost, according to research from Microsoft.

The software company commissioned analyst firm IDC to look at how many roles will be created in the next three years thanks to the growth of the technology. The number came back as almost 14 million.

There will be an even split between job creation in both small and large businesses, but the research claimed SMBs would be faster in their adoption of the cloud, driving the market to create more jobs.

IDC also claimed the number of roles per industry was easily comparable with its size, but the three sectors expected to gain the most jobs from cloud computing were communications and media, banking, and ‘discrete’ manufacturing.

Although a large number of workers will be required in the US and Europe, the biggest growth area will be in the emerging markets. China and India will see the most jobs coming their way, with IDC predicting 6.8 million between the two of them.

As well as the large number of jobs, another staggering figure from the research was the prediction of revenues. IDC claimed money from cloud computing would reach $1.1 trillion on an annual basis by 2015, thanks to the creation of innovative jobs.

Microsoft backed this up, claiming the use of cloud computing would free up IT managers to do more innovative work, therefore creating news jobs in the future, as well as create the need for cloud specialists in-house.

There will also be an influx of jobs at public cloud companies who need to serve more and more customers as adoption grows.

However, Clive Longbottom, founder and senior analyst at Quocirca claimed the research was “dubious, to say the least.”

“Cloud in itself is highly unlikely to create 14 million jobs,” he told Virtual Clouds. “If there is enough room in the market for 14 million people to be directly involved in cloud, then the market will inevitably implode in a very short period of time.” 

“That there may well be 14 million jobs that are around in the future that are using cloud as a major part of their work is pretty believable – but these will be jobs in e.g. retail, hi-tech, media, you name it – not jobs in cloud, nor jobs that have been created by cloud.” 

He added: “I think that this is a case of mistaken causality.  Cloud is just another platform – it would be like saying that the advent of the calculator led to trillions of dollars and to millions of jobs, or that the advent of the water cooler did the same as people use them when working.  What counts will still be processes, and how effective and efficient these will be.”

IDC conducted the research by analysing spending patterns in over 40 countries, using the previous information to predict what the future will hold.






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