Information Overload an IT Career Opportunity
From the banking industry to MySpace, unstructured digital information is growing at an astronomical pace.
All of this data requires storage, and enterprises are struggling to find ways to keep their data organized, well-managed and easily retrievable.
"You're talking about anything and everything that resides electronically. In the past, companies tracked purchases by pen and paper and stored it in a file cabinet. But now everything from debit card transactions to customer data is stored infinitely. It proliferates every year, the files are getting more and more complex," and it is important that they remain accessible, Technology Business Research Group analyst Allan France told eWEEK.
Storage infrastructure giant
In an effort to take the matter into its own hands,
"The idea is that storage is growing and the number of people who have
expertise in designing, implementing and organizing information is
insufficient. That this is a lapse in education systems. Information storage is
considered an advanced topic,"
However, not all are convinced that IT jobs in the storage infrastructure area will grow in pace with digital information.
"Clearly the job demand isn't going to follow the same curve, but it
will grow," said
Instead, the work will be on the planning and organizing side, such as designing systems that allow businesses to lower their storage costs, by prioritizing data and using less or more expensive systems accordingly. Software developments, however, not people, are expected to be the biggest innovator of storage solutions in the coming years.
"You're going to be able to do more management with less people. The software will lay out rules-such as documents on a certain topic being automatically allocated to a certain compartment-and putting more automation in place," said France.