Structural unemployment in Indianapolis can be a pernicious burden on Hoosier communities and individuals in the coming years. As a refresher, structural unemployment is the result of a mismatch between skillsets and demand. A leading technology star in the Midwest, Indianapolis has spent more than a decade carving out a robust information technology sector. All that innovation and growth, with cloud computing a catalyst, has outpaced worker supply and training. The Indianapolis Business Journal recently wrote a great article on this topic which featured Bluelock and Harrison College.
Growth and success of cloud hosting firms like Bluelock have strained the city’s supply of IT workers. The virtualization revolution spawned demand for tech workers with specific cloud training and experience.
Harrison College jumped at market indicators. Harrison College recently became the only school in Indiana to offer certification in VMware—the leading virtualization software provider used by datacenters. “We need to be able to provide people (with VMware skills)… We’re really out in front” stated Joe Meadors, Dean of the School of Information Technology at Harrison. IT workers placed in a cloud hosting environment face diverse challenges. Serving a variety of clients and industries, “the scope of the responsibility has gone up so much” said Bluelock’s CTO Pat O’Day.
Cloud computing proliferation is expected to accelerate at an exponential pace. Forrester Research forecasted $241 billion in cloud computing services by 2020. Of that pool, $159 billion spent on public cloud, $66 billion in virtual private cloud, and $16 billion in private cloud. Gartner, technology research and industry analysis firm, predicts the penetration of new servers used in the virtual setting to be at nearly 50 percent by end of 2012, up from 12 percent in 2008.
“The rise of the cloud is more than just another platform shift that gets geeks excited. It will undoubtedly transform the information technology industry, but it will also profoundly change the way people work and companies operate” (Economist, 2008). The IT sector and cloud clients are experiencing this transformation first-hand. Harrison College’s new industry certifications reaffirm this notion.