Worldwide IT spending may surpass $3.7 trillion in 2013, creating millions of jobs around the world, according to research firm Gartner.
As cloud computing becomes popular, big data is positioned to drive a big portion of the growth of new-generation IT services. The research firm predicts that as many as 4.4 million IT jobs will be created globally to support big data.
“Big data will generate 1.9 million IT jobs in the United States,” said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of Research. “In addition, every big data-related role in the U.S. will create employment for three people outside of IT, so over the next four years a total of 6 million jobs in the U.S. will be generated by the information economy.”
But there is a challenge. There is not enough talent in the global IT industry.
“Our public and private education systems are failing us. Therefore, only one-third of the IT jobs will be filled. Data experts will be a scarce, valuable commodity,” Sondergaard said. “IT leaders will need immediate focus on how their organization develops and attracts the skills required. These jobs will be needed to grow your business. These jobs are the future of the new information economy.”
The advancing technology will result in so much change that current IT architecture may even be rendered obsolete, Gartner warns.
“You must lead through this change, selectively destroy low impact systems, and aggressively change your IT cost structure. This is the next age of computing,” Peter added.
Businesses are beginning to realize the cost benefits of cloud, but organizations moving to the cloud are also attracted by the new capabilities they do not get today.
“The cloud is the carrier for the three other Forces: mobile is personal cloud, social media is only possible via the cloud, and big data is the killer app for the cloud. Cloud will be the permanent fixture, the foundation,” Gartner said.
Gartner says more than 1.6 billion smart mobile devices will be purchased globally by 2016. Two-thirds of the mobile workforce will own a smartphone, and 40 percent of the workforce will be mobile.
CIOs are now placing orders for tens of thousands of iPads. In less than two years, iPads will be more common in business than Blackberries, Sondergaard said.
Gartner forecasts that in 2016, half of all non-PC devices will be purchased by employees. By the end of the decade, half of all devices in business will be purchased by employees.