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Cloud computing jobs are set to rise in the next three years, according to new research from analysts at IDC. The massive job growth in the cloud sector, estimated to be in the area of 14 million jobs across the globe, will result from an "exponential" growth in spending on cloud technologies, according to the IDC report.

Smart Planet reports that IDC also predicts a $1.1 trillion yearly increase in revenues due to the adoption of cloud technologies across business sectors. They also note that communications sectors, banking and manufacturing are forecast to be leading adopters of the cloud. The increased revenue will largely be due to the freeing up of time and resources previously allocated to IT maintenance and upgrades of legacy systems and the improvement in streamlined business strategy and implementation possible with the cloud.

The company estimated that the share of new jobs in the US and Canada would be around 1.2 million, however BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) would see the most growth due to the dual factors of better growth potential and decreasing reliance on legacy systems to hold companies back, which is already making them early adopters of cloud technology compared to the US and countries in Europe and Asia.

The good news for smaller businesses is that the job growth is not predicated on the size of business and also that the report sees small business as being in the best position to migrate to cloud platforms because of "their ability to more easily slip the constraints of existing legacy systems."

As the cloud becomes more secure, reliable, and affordable, small business can more readily benefit from migration to the cloud. However, what the IDC report doesn't factor in is the reeducation and training of employees--including IT staff and managers--around adoption of the cloud. IT managers should strive to be proactive in this regard, particularly as at present the driving force behind cloud adoption appears to be coming from CFOs rather than CIOs, according to IT World. This means staying abreast of the latest developments in the cloud, taking an active interest in the company's business strategy and how IT can align itself to help the business prosper, and perhaps even spearheading the move into the cloud.

Because the nature of the cloud is to reduce the need for onsite IT management that was previously indispensible with legacy systems, IT managers need to be savvy enough to ride the cloud wave and benefit from the potential growth in the cloud computing jobs sector, because for those who don't, the cloud could see them out of a job.

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