WANTED Analytics, source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace, Jan. 5 released that over the past 90 days employers and staffing firms placed more than ten thousand job ads that included cloud computing skill requirements, a sixty-one percent year over year increase. More than 2400 companies placed job ads during this 90-day period. Computer Specialists and Programmers are most commonly required to have cloud-computing experience. However, as cloud-based software increasingly impacts additional areas of business, other fields are more commonly required to understand and work with cloud-based applications. Other jobs that most often include these skills in job ads include Marketing Managers, Sales Managers, Customer Service Representatives, and Cargo and Freight Agents. The top five cities with the highest volume of job ads for cloud-computing skills were San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, Washington, DC, and New York. San Francisco had the highest volume of the five with recruiters placing more than one thousand listings, a 95% year over year increase. Of the remaining four only San Jose experienced a decline in volume with twelve percent fewer job ads over this time last year. According to WANTED, recruiting conditions for cloud computing skills are likely to be moderately difficult with conditions varying based on the talent supply and hiring demand in each location. Recruiters sourcing for openings in Washington, DC, for instance, are likely to experience one of the most difficult recruiting conditions in the United States. It is likely that recruiters in the Washington, DC metropolitan area will see a longer time-to-fill since job ads are posted online longer than the national average of 44 days. (WANTED Analytics, 212-242-3068, www.wantedanalytics.com.)
InfoTrends Jan. 4 released a new study that shows Latin America represents one of the largest growth opportunities for office document technology and services. The study predicts that, while markets in the U.S. and Europe have become saturated with solutions and services, Latin American countries show the potential for expansion with a projected growth rate at 12% compound annual between 2010 and 2015. InfoTrends anticipates Brazil will experience the largest growth at 14% between 2010 and 2015. The study points out that the combination of a very print-heavy region and environmentally-conscious organizations creates a great opportunity for vendors to really penetrate their MPS offerings with eco-friendly, output management solutions to curb costs and minimize negative environmental impacts. The upswing of mobility and cloud computing renders a deeper penetration of security and document management solutions, while the increased volume of document scanning on nearly all types of devices generates greater interest in the capabilities of capture and workflow solutions. “Although Latin America mirrors many other areas in terms of ongoing trends and initiatives, for example ‘going green,’ reducing costs, security, mobility, cloud computing, and the ‘consumerization’ of IT, this region offers a much more robust atmosphere for the development and adoption of solutions and services regarding these trends,” commented Randy Dazo a Director at InfoTrends. “Our research indicates that this region shows potential for the expansion of managed print services (MPS), document security, output management, and document management solutions.” The study includes a five- year forecast that identifies the growth potential of the solutions and services market within small, medium, and large corporations. The forecast includes multiple revenue categories by country, channels, services models, and main office technology software categories. (InfoTrends, 781-616-2100, www.infotrends.com.)
Gartner, Inc. Jan. 5 released its latest outlook which predicts that worldwide IT spending will rise to $3.8 trillion in 2012, a 3.7% increase over 2011. Worldwide IT spending in 2011 totaled $3.7 trillion, an increase of 6.9% from 2010. Gartner revised its previous forecast for 2012 downward from 4.6% to the present 3.7% due to the expectation that the four technology sectors, computing hardware, enterprise software, IT services and telecommunications equipment and services, will all experience slower spending growth in 2012 than previously anticipated. “Faltering global economic growth, the eurozone crisis and the impact of Thailand's floods on hard-disk drive (HDD) production have all taken their toll on the outlook for IT spending,” said Richard Gordon, research vice president at Gartner. According to Gartner, the Thailand floods are having serious implications for businesses worldwide, particularly with computer and storage purchases. “Thailand has been a major hub for hard-drive manufacturing, both for finished goods and components,” Mr. Gordon said. “We estimate the supply of hard drives will be reduced by as much as 25 percent (and possibly more) during the next six to nine months. Rebuilding the destroyed manufacturing facilities will also take time and the effects of this will continue to ripple throughout 2012 and very likely into 2013.” Additional information is available in the Gartner report "Forecast Alert: IT Spending, Worldwide, 2008-2015, 4Q11 Update." The report provides more details on Gartner's outlook for the IT industry through 2015. (Gartner, Inc., 203-964-0096, www.gartner.com.)
International Data Corporation (IDC) January 5 announced in its forecast its prediction that by 2015 the world's mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion, representing 37.2% of the total workforce. The forecast indicates that the most significant gains will again be in the emerging economies of Asia/Pacific due to continued, strong economic growth and that the Americas will experience a slower growth rate due to a protracted economic recovery and high rates of unemployment. Stacy Crook, senior research analyst for IDC's Mobile Enterprise Research program said, “Despite recent market turmoil, mobility continues to be a critical part of the global workforce and we expect to see healthy growth in the number of mobile workers. Our forecast shows that the worldwide mobile worker population will increase from just over 1 billion in 2010 to more than 1.3 billion by 2015.” The forecast also found that the Americas region, which includes the United States, Canada, and Latin America, will see the number of mobile workers grow from 182.5 million in 2010 to 212.1 million in 2015. Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) will see the largest increase in total number of mobile workers with 601.7 million mobile workers in 2010 and 838.7 million in 2015. In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the mobile workforce will see a healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% as it expands from 186.2 million in 2010 to 244.6 million mobile workers in 2015. Japan will see a declining CAGR of 0.2% because of its declining population base. However, the share of mobile workers will reach a penetration rate of 64.8% of its workforce by 2015, for a total of 38.6 million mobile workers. The IDC study, Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2011-2015 Forecast (Doc #232073) is a worldwide five-year mobile worker population forecast through 2015 and analysis. (International Data Corporation, 508-872-8200, www.idc.com.)
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