It's no secret that cloud computing is one of the biggest trends in the information technology sector. And, as anyone who has studied how far the technology has come in the past five to 10 years will tell you, the cloud marketplace is probably going to look remarkably different in the future than it does today. Cloud computing is evolving, both in terms of functionality and importance. Most industry experts predict the cloud is where the future of business will take place. In some cases, it's already there.
So what does this mean for the job market? Quite a lot actually. According to the United States Department of Labor, the rise of cloud technologies and services will create 1.4 million jobs by 2020. That sounds like encouraging news, but the economy will only benefit if those positions can be filled by qualified individuals.
That's a challenge that a number of organizations are currently facing. Today, colleges and universities produce enough qualified graduates to fill 29 percent of the cloud-related jobs that will exist in the next six years. As a result, companies such as Intel say it's time to rethink the way cloud skills are taught. More specifically, it's time to reach out to different demographics.
Intel is viewing the forthcoming gap as an opportunity to get more women involved in tech jobs. Late this month, Intel is helping women attend the IT Cloud Computing Conference in San Francisco by offering to pay half of their registration fee. The hope is to increase female attendance and spark greater interest in the industry
"By giving women the opportunity to meet and network at a conference like this really changes the discussion," Raejeanne Skillern, general manager of the cloud service provider business for Intel, told Fortune.
As organizations outsource to VARs and MSPs to fill their cloud service needs, it's imperative for those organizations to have the skilled and knowledgeable cloud computing professionals needed to meet their client's needs. As the skills gap widens in this area, VAR Staffing can help you identify and recruit the best candidates from any and all sources.