to the Cache John
"Will IT folks have jobs?"
Yes. Better ones. Instead of working inside non-IT-focused companies who neglect & disrespect them, they'll work at the SAAS/cloud companies who really have better skills & practices & managers.
@ 1/2 agree: I don't think John is claiming anything about an increase or decrease in the raw number of IT jobs in the cloud age. But I definitely agree that the quality
of jobs, work environments, and expertise surrounding those in the SaaS model far surpass those where an IT department is just a necessary evil. Nothing feels less secure than realizing that the only reason you have a job is because they haven't figured out a way to automate your job out from under your feet.
Teachers, doctors, attorneys, sales people, artists, manufacturers, dentists, actors, writers, those in services industries, architects (as in buildings), etc., have always been burdened with the need to become amateur IT specialists. They have been expected to learn client software and even determine "appropriate" backup strategies based on the "good" advice from someone at the Geek Squad.
Expecting people to become amateur IT specialists just to remain competitive in their field has always been inappropriate and was just waiting for technology to mature to the level where this counterintuitive approach to business became outmoded. I believe this is the dawn of that tipping point, or the birth of a mixed metaphor
I expect the cloud age to not only improve what IT can do for the world but also improve what the world outside of IT will accomplish. SaaS companies will be less forgiving of casual hackers claiming greater experience than they have. But this serves everyone, including them.
Welcome again John!! Great to see you here.