Microsoft released a dubious press release today to promote its entry into cloud computing. The company makes the sketchy claim that cloud computing will create 14 million jobs worldwide by 2015. Considering the fact that cloud computing is a consolidation technology that is used to fire IT staffs and centralize their efforts into a larger framework run by someone else, you have to assume at least 28 million jobs will be lost in the process. And that only assumes a two-to-one downsizing ratio. It could be worse.
So, who is Microsoft kidding? Who believes this rubbish?
Let's start with the false premise that, somehow, the ever-so-efficient cloud computing is going to create jobs rather than replace jobs. Does this make any sense to anyone? Cloud computing is like a merger between two companies, only it's a merger between hundreds of corporate IT departments. Whenever a merge happens, the redundancies are eliminated. So what is Microsoft trying to pull here? Is it trying to make itself look like some good-guy job creator?
It gets a little annoying when so-called "job creation" numbers fail to take into account the fact that many jobs are replaced and destroyed. There is no net gain in jobs with cloud computing. Zero. Why would there be? It's a methodology designed to eliminate jobs using the efficiencies of centralized services.