Just like the classic 1980s hit from The Buggles, Video Killed The Radio Star, the cloud has killed the radio star. In this case, it’s decimated information technology infrastructure jobs because fewer people are needed to manage corporate infrastructure when everything is now served in a data center and is often virtualized. This means most infrastructure jobs are now either in networking (and this too can be virtualized) or desktop support. I’ve often heard desktop support as being where IT careers go to launch or die. Some of my friends refer to desktop support as deathtop support.
The cloud is ultimately good for businesses only. Usually what is good for business is rarely good for the employee and the cloud is certainly no exception. The cloud reduces server and network management by an order of magnitude making sophisticated features available to small businesses as well as medium to large ones. But technology professionals, like myself, that have spent tens of thousands of dollars on certifications and post-secondary education only to become redundant are left in the lurch. I can no longer compete with the cloud and I am facing desktop support technician and engineer jobs. I just updated my networking certifications and it netted me precisely nothing.
Things are so bad that this ex-IT professional will be working as a Brinks vault guard. I am slowly learning to take the long of the situation. In some ways, the Brinks vault guard will be much lower stress and a predictable work schedule. It’s a straight Monday through Friday second shift job. When I leave work, I really and truly leave work. Many IT jobs have on-call time so yoou never really leave work. I do not think I am going to miss being married to employment. After all, I generally do not like work.