Cloud computing expertise tops company wishlists
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Cloud computing and virtualization are considered two of the most useful technologies in the IT industry, but many companies are lacking skilled employees in these two fields. ITWeb and Foster-Melliar recently conducted a survey of businesses and nearly 41 percent of participants said training is needed to effectively use the cloud.
"In other words, most users will perform most computing and communicating activities through connections to servers operated by outside firms," noted general manager of Foster-Melliar Zaheer Kader. "This technological breakthrough is the reason why cloud computing is a popular choice of study."
The study also found that nearly 40 percent of organizations cited IT security as an area needing more training, followed by information technology infrastructure library at approximately 38 percent, 33 percent networking and 27 percent for project management.
The rapid growth of cloud computing is expected to directly impact the need for more IT professionals trained in this field. According to a recent study conducted by the Sand Hill Group, 11 U.S. cloud companies added 80,000 positions in 2010. In the next five years, another 213,000 IT positions could result from the use of cloud computing.