How the Cloud has Changed Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

The cloud is disrupting the business landscape by increasing mobility and changing the workforce. Automatic updates offered through the cloud are given at a remarkable speed. Between January 2011 and September 2012, Amazon Web Services alone launched 130 plus updates, or one system update every five days. For the user, that means no more waiting for next edition fixes.

A key benefit to employees and companies the cloud offers is mobility. The cloud standardizes IT, increases device compatibility, and enables employees to “dial into” corporate systems. Therefore, employees are able to use their personal devices in the workplace. Allowing employees to bring their own devices to work does not decrease productivity, but increases it. The average U.S. employee was able to save 81 minutes per week by using his or her own device. U.S. companies have seen a comprehensive savings of $3,150 per mobile employee per year. Plus, the mobility offered by the cloud produces a 13% gain in productivity and a substantially higher work satisfaction.

The cloud is changing the workforce most dramatically by reducing the need for server management and maintenance. Reducing the need in those two areas is enabling tech savvies to possess more time in order to innovate. Bridging technology with creativity is becoming essential for a business according to Professor Andrew Hugill, director of creative cloud computing at Bath Spa University in England. He argues, “Creative people are becoming increasingly tech savvy, and there is a clear requirement already in business for creativity that works seamlessly with technology.” The cloud is changing the workforce by bridging technology and creativity; it also is creating new IT jobs.

Several new IT jobs are emerging including Data Scientist, Data Ecologist, and Digital Citizeneer. A Data Ecologist creates and manages data on private and public clouds. A Digital Citizeneer manages online ethics for social and other activities. Two different careers, but both exist due to the increasing dominance of the cloud in the workplace.

To learn more about the cloud and emerging jobs in IT, check out this infographic sponsored by ClickSoftware.

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