Demand for cloud computing skills is continuing to increase in business, it has been claimed.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), around 1.7 million IT jobs could not be filled in 2012 because candidates lacked the training, certification or experience needed to work in a cloud-based environment.

The analyst believes demand will grow by 26 per cent per year through to 2015, creating up to seven million cloud-related jobs worldwide, reports ComputerWeekly.com.

IDC said there is an "urgent need" to retrain existing IT professionals and encourage students to pursue cloud-related IT trainings and certifications.

“Cloud-ready jobs are increasing as we head into 2013, but with this increase comes the harsh reality that IT pros around the world are steps behind when it comes to attaining the skills necessary to thrive in the cloud computing industry,” said IDC's Cushing Anderson.

“Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this skills gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills, which haven’t been needed in the past. There is no one-size-fits-all set of criteria for jobs in cloud computing."

Antonio Piraino, chief technology officer at management software provider Science Logic, recently predicted that chief information officers will play a more important role in their organisations as cloud computing adoption increases.

 

 

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