What Is Cloud Computing And Why Should You Care?

by QuickCert on June 22, 2011

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Announced during the 2011 E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), computer software and mobile technology giant Apple introduced their iCloud system, a technology that takes cloud computing to the higher level of syncing with not just computers, but that of phones and tablets. While a big announcement for Apple, this type of technology isn’t hardly new. As more and more people are moving towards mobile technology, the ability to keep favorite bookmarks, applications, and programs synced between these devices becomes important.

The mobile technology growth has shifted programs from just syncing with other computers, but to that of mobile smartphones and tablets, allowing users access to their files, documents, and music when on the go and not in front of their computers. But as the current economy continues to down slide and as people continue to move to more technological designs, will this new shift hurt or help with unemployment?

In terms of the job market, this new type of technology has the potential of creating new employment opportunities. Developers will be needed in order to create these new applications and programs that provide access to user files, as well as the security protocols that are needed to ensure that unauthorized users CAN’T get to this information. Businesses of course fall in to this category, as their IT departments will either need to expand to that of mobile technologies or train/hire employees in its use.

That seems great for those in the information technology area, but what about those who aren’t? Will there be jobs for them or will the technology take their job? Since the economic down turn, freelance work has become increasingly popular, as companies hire outside (or even inside workers) for projects without the addition of paying for medical insurance. Along with this, telecommuting is also still popular, as it means employees no longer need to be within an office in order to work.

Security is one of the biggest hangups companies have when asked to embrace the shift to cloud computing. This is especially true in the financial services industry. Training in the following areas will make you extremely attractive to potential employers: CEH, Security + and CCNA Security.

As with anything, there are of course disadvantages. Again, the economy has shown the trend in hiring; while young business professionals and those hoping to get into business worry that their older counterparts aren’t leaving positions in order to open up opportunities, they are on the cutting edge of this new technology. While great for the younger generation, baby boomers and other older employees may find themselves struggling to catch up.

These older employees might not be prepared to transition to this new technology or may outright refuse to bring their companies into this new age, causing themselves and their companies a painful trail behind others. On one hand, these employees may branch out into other sections of IT, but many may be so far behind that they may not be able to catch up, unless they are open to continuing their training.

Speaking of training, new courses are popping up to help those interested in cloud computing or those who want to continue their certifications with courses dealing with cloud computing. These can be anywhere from programming applications and programs for cloud computing to that of knowing the security that needs to be implemented when dealing with cloud computing.

The shift to cloud computing has many benefits, as well as disadvantages, however the goal is to make using technology easier for those who need to use it within our society. It’s still early in the game, but cloud computing seems to be growing to the benefit and awe of the world.