There are certain innovations that will have a much bigger impact on the future of IT than others. Cloud computing, social media and mobile devices are all showing signs of a strong future, but some experts see big data as the real player in IT and job creation.
Peter Sondergaard, the senior vice president at Gartner and global head of research, presented the results of a new study during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo being held in Orlando, Florida. In front of more than 8,000 CIOs and IT leaders, Sondergaard laid out the future of the IT hiring market and what may be coming down the pipe in the IT channel.
According to the research, worldwide IT spending is forecast to surpass $3.7 trillion in 2013 and big data will help lead the charge. By 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs will be created that support big data – 1.9 million of them will be in the United States. On top of that, each data job created in the U.S. will require the employment of three additional people outside of the IT industry.
"But there is a challenge. There is not enough talent in the industry. Our public and private education systems are failing us. Therefore, only one-third of the IT jobs will be filled. Data experts will be a scarce, valuable commodity," Sondergaard said. "IT leaders will need immediate focus on how their organization develops and attracts the skills required. These jobs will be needed to grow your business. These jobs are the future of the new information economy."
Predicting the future is normally best left for mediums in a science fiction tale, but IT Principals need to give it a try. Adopting the right technologies and having resources that can help implement them successfully is important. VARs and MSPs can assist IT decision-makers find the talent they need and deploy the innovations of tomorrow.