An often-unaddressed objection to cloud computing in the enterprise is that certain jobs, especially jobs in the data center, may be adversely affected by the evolution of the industry towards cloud adoption. That may be true in some cases, but more often than not the jobs are moving to another data center rather than disappearing completely. As enterprises close their in-house data centers and opt for more cost-effective cloud architecture, companies like Amazon and Microsoft (cloud service providers) are opening countless new data centers all over the globe, and new jobs created by cloud computing are starting to appear.
IT professionals are finding that a new mindset is necessary to thrive in the post-data center world: as the cloud simplifies innovation, there is a need to focus on business development and gleaning value from data as opposed to application development. Several new job titles (add a few examples in parentheses) have appeared in the few years that encompass this specialization, and IT professionals who embrace the cloud revolution and develop their skill sets accordingly are finding tremendous opportunity in the new cloud-driven job market.
The Enterprise Architect is a role that bridges the gap between IT and business objectives, finding ways to use data to increase profits and reduce costs. The Enterprise Architect structures the business data infrastructure in a way that allows for maximum monetization of IT, which aligns perfectly with the recent trend of IT shifting from a cost center to a profit center (link to previous blog post here). Cooperating with multiple business groups, often including marketing, supply chain management, product, and business intelligence–just to name a few–is key.
Cloud System Engineer
The key responsibility of the Cloud System Engineer is to future-proof existing applications and ensure that new applications work well within a complex data architecture that often incorporates hybrid cloud infrastructure, on-premise data centers, and combinations of public and private cloud. The Cloud System Engineer is often one of the first hires made by IT departments looking to modernize their IT stack from old-fashioned on-premise data centers to modern cloud infrastructure.
Cloud Alliance Manager
The Cloud Alliance Manager works with partners, customers, and vendors to coordinate the sharing of data between various business groups, both internal and external. This person plays a key role in monetizing IT, as the effective sharing of data between partners and business groups is what enables the most robust and interesting use cases for data. Examples include omni-channel personalization in marketing, advanced business intelligence and supply chain management, and multi-tiered sales infrastructure often employed by industries like automotive, banking, and real estate.
Cloud Cost Manager
As companies collect more and more data, their automatically scaling cloud storage grows in parallel. Unfortunately, this means costs grow as well. The Cloud Cost Manager, or Cloud Vendor Relationship Manager, is tasked with controlling these costs by optimizing the way data is collected and stored, and negotiating contracts with cloud service providers. An effective Cloud Cost Manager can save enterprises millions of dollars a year and increases the return on cloud investments.
As data becomes easier to collect, store, manage, and analyze, new jobs and entire industries spring into play: DevOps, machine learning, AI, data compliance, IOT, Privacy/Security, and blockchain, to name a few. While companies will probably end up investing less in data center staff but the number of new jobs created by enterprise cloud investments will provide countless opportunities for IT professionals to grow their career and learn new skills. It’s an exciting time for the IT industry, and IT professionals who embrace the changing data landscape and adopt new skills and business-oriented mindsets will find great fortune through new careers.
Are there any new jobs created by cloud computing that I may have forgotten? Are there any still to come? Let me know what you think in the comments below.