Microsoft: Cloud Computing to Create 125,000 jobs in Australia by 2015

Microsoft Corp.
today published commissioned research from analyst firm IDC indicating that cloud computing will create nearly 14 million new jobs globally and 125,000 new jobs in Australia by 2015. IDC’s research predicts revenues from cloud innovation could reach $1.1 trillion per year by 2015, which, combined with cloud efficiencies, will drive significant organisational reinvestment and job growth.

“For most organisations, cloud computing should be a no-brainer, given its ability to increase IT innovation and flexibility, lower capital costs, and help generate revenues that are multiples of spending,” said John F. Gantz, chief research officer and senior vice president at IDC. “A common misperception is cloud computing is a job eliminator, but in truth it will be a job creator — a major one. And job growth will occur across continents and throughout organisations of all sizes because emerging markets, small cities and small businesses have the same access to cloud benefits as large enterprises or developed nations.”

The report also indicates specific industries will generate job growth at different rates, and that public cloud investments will drive faster job growth than private cloud investments. The report also notes governments can influence the number of jobs created by cloud computing within individual countries.

“The cloud is going to have a big impact on local job creation,” says Evan Williams, Small to Medium Business and Partner Group Director, Microsoft Australia. “It’s a transformative technology that will drive down costs, spur innovation, and open up new jobs and skillsets in Australia.”

More information, including the full report, is available at

Microsoft is delivering a set of solutions to drive the cloud’s growing future. The company offers full public and private cloud solutions for consumers and organisations of all sizes. These enable customers to reap the benefits of cloud computing — from connecting and sharing for consumers, to lowering costs and realising new technical or strategic opportunities for organizations. More information on Microsoft cloud solutions is available here.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.

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