What will cloud computing mean for IT jobs?

The common assumption has always been that it will mean the end of many IT jobs but a survey by CWJobs has found that there is a fair degree of optimism about the future - particularly among young IT professionals. The fact that 70 percent of young computing staff think that the advent of cloud means better job prospects suggest that perhaps the analysts have got it wrong.

Is this optimism misplaced? Are there sound, rational reasons for such a sanguine view of the world? Or is this merely an indication of the propensity of youth to see advantages in everything? People in their teens and early 20s tend to have a wonderful, rosy view of the future - a future when anything is possible.

The indications are certainly that cloud computing is on the increase and that, while it may have been over-hyped in the past, more enterprises are prepared to take their chances.

Is suspect that what is going to happen is that IT jobs will change focus. The usual justification for moving to cloud has a world where IT managers/director are freed up to spend more time on planning, strategy and development rather than fire-fighting - that's the theory. It does rather remind me of the way that automation was going to mean people working shorter hours - and yet, we have more labour-saving devices, more automation than ever and there's been little decline in the working hours 

It may be that the professionals are right and that this time cloud computing is really going to change things but there's always going to be someone to grovel on the floor to fix loose cables and to fire up the router - and it ain't going to be the finance director who signed the cloud contract.

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