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Cloud helps IT sector rise

September 03, 2013

Companies of all sizes and across sectors are leveraging the cloud to support data storage and analysis as well as free up business processes and bandwidth. This increasing focus on cloud solutions has spurred numerous other developments, including a jump in IT staffing, as enterprises look to thwart hackers and ensure sensitive and confidential information remains safe.

IT jobs sector floating high    
Last month, the IT jobs sector recorded a 15-year employment high, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. The category of "data processing, hosting and related services" added 3,600 jobs—the highest total since June 1998.

These figures are relatively unsurprising, Shravan Goli, president of IT careers website, told InfoWorld. Goli revealed that the website saw an all-time high this month for the number of job postings that included the word "cloud," totaling 5,000—a 32 percent increase year-over-year.

Part of the increase in demand can be attributed to new roles being created to deal with emerging technologies and processes, including Big Data, open source technologies and hosting. For example, the cloud is requiring enterprises to search for IT talent that can merge knowledge about traditional infrastructures with "devops" in the cloud, the news source explained.

"[Devops] is sort of a hybrid role that combines the development and the operations roles to enable reduced development time and make the overall end-to-end delivery of service more cost effective," Goli said. "The role of the systems administrator has evolved into this sort of devops role, in my opinion, and it's really about bridging the gap and evolving the impact and scope of that role."

Big Data, which is supported by cloud implementation, has also seen remarkable growth on the website, InfoWorld reported, with a 127 percent year-over-year increase in job postings. However, even for those unfamiliar with big data, its advent could create more jobs for them as well.

While data specialists are able to turn these pieces of information into actionable insights, marketers, business analysts and social media specialists, among others, may all see their industries flip for Big Data. In the end, it will be up to companies and IT departments to harness these new technologies and train staff in how to best apply them to current and future business practices. By doing so, firms can gain a leg up on the competition.

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