Microsoft: 14 million jobs to be made via cloud computing

Recently, Apple tried to make the claim that it was directly or indirectly responsible for generating over 500,000 jobs in the US. Now, it's Microsoft turn to make its own case for job creation but in a somewhat different way. In a new press release, the company announced that it commissioned a study from IDC to look into how many new jobs would be made by the cloud computing industry.

The final result of the study claims that businesses that will spend money on public and private cloud computing services will end up creating nearly 14 million jobs worldwide between 2011 and 2015. It further claims that innovation in the IT business via cloud computing will result in over $1.1 trillion in worldwide revenue in the same time period.

Microsoft also offers up a new infographic, pictured above, that goes over how cloud computing will help generate jobs in the US. The study claims that by 2015, 1.09 million new jobs in the US would be created via businesses embracing cloud computing.

Naturally, Microsoft believes it has a lot to offer businesses in the cloud computing space, including products and services like Microsoft Office 365, Skydrive and more. In a separate post on the official Microsoft blog site, Robert Youngjohns, president of Microsoft North America, states:

In my current role, I have the unique opportunity to interact with customers across the United States in various industries including manufacturing, education, healthcare, banking and government.  I have had many discussions with them about the cloud and how it has helped transform their business and improve economic health. What has come out of those discussions is a customer belief that Microsoft has the best cloud solution to meet their business needs.

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IT business via cloud computing will result in over $1.1 trillion in worldwide revenue in the same time period

And cost as much in fraud as a result of poor security and data irresponsibility.

I'm not saying the cloud is impossible or that it shouldn't go ahead eventually. But there needs to be a major step-up in security from a large majority of companies first. They can't keep people's data secure as it is...

the only thing the cloud will do for jobs is rehire all those that got the sack from places like govt server/storage farms so really no new jobs will be created and it will stay status quo

So MS will find 14 million unemployed people and gave them desk jobs in the cloud...

That's thing with this graphic and Apple graphic yesterday. These companies are tooting their horn hard, but the vast majority of the people getting one of these "jobs" already work in the tech industry.

Yeah, and they must somehow convince large businesses that this is a good thing. MS already knows Windows 8 will cause a crazy amount of cloud growth with SkyDrive alone, and then they will use those numbers in a new chart. lol

Shadrack said,
So MS will find 14 million unemployed people and gave them desk jobs in the cloud...

That's thing with this graphic and Apple graphic yesterday. These companies are tooting their horn hard, but the vast majority of the people getting one of these "jobs" already work in the tech industry.

There is nothing here to suggest that Microsoft would be creating 14 million jobs, but that the industry would be according to IDC's estimates.

There are many companies who higher new people. The company I work for business is the cloud and they hire people with relatively no experience. At least I know they do in the IT department. Legacy jobs jobs may go, but there are still tech support needs and the companies offering the cloud service will still have those legacy jobs, as well as, support positions for their own workforce (executives, customer service reps, sales people, etc).

wixostrix said,

There is nothing here to suggest that Microsoft would be creating 14 million jobs, but that the industry would be according to IDC's estimates.

There are many companies who higher new people. The company I work for business is the cloud and they hire people with relatively no experience. At least I know they do in the IT department. Legacy jobs jobs may go, but there are still tech support needs and the companies offering the cloud service will still have those legacy jobs, as well as, support positions for their own workforce (executives, customer service reps, sales people, etc).

New tech is new, and needs support. Really nothing new about it.

So people dissed Apple for claiming 500000 jobs, saying how pretentious it is, etc. Now Microsoft does a similar claim to up to 14 millions, and it's all ok?

Fanboyism aside, how is it not as pretentious?

One must be consistent with one's opinion, no?

If it's not ok for Apple, well it should be for Microsoft, Google, Samsung or any other.

einsteinbqat said,
So people dissed Apple for claiming 500000 jobs, saying how pretentious it is, etc. Now Microsoft does a similar claim to up to 14 millions, and it's all ok?

Fanboyism aside, how is it not as pretentious?

One must be consistent with one's opinion, no?

If it's not ok for Apple, well it should be for Microsoft, Google, Samsung or any other.

But Microsoft isn't claiming it created or will create the jobs. It's just saying cloud computing in general will create jobs. There are many players in the industry. The research in this study was by IDC (commissioned by MS).

On Apple's, Apple was taking full credit and I'm not aware of the research done to come up with their figure.

Yeah it is true.. The NSA/CIA and the FBI hire new people everyday to work in the clouds.. Who's big "great" idea do you think it was for this "cloud" crap.

recursive said,

You mean BS

^this..

That's nice, now how many should be lost over time? Cloud = consolidation, consolidation = less. It does not make any difference who says it, it's just as bad.

"Cloud computing allows IT organizations to save money and shift legacy work to the cloud, freeing up resources to innovate and hire more people." LOL! Yeah, because taking away those "resources" (aka jobs), will somehow force businesses to hire other people? LOL! wow. Businesses do whatever is cheapest that gets the job done (best case senario).

Edited by justmike, Mar 5 2012, 3:36pm :