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Forrester: Cloud Computing Fuels IT Spending

Software spending worldwide will continue to grow with a big focus on the cloud

As IT departments get the green light to update systems and implement solutions, cloud computing is increasingly getting a slice of those IT budgets.

Cloud computing is on the list of top IT spending priorities for next year, according to Forrester Research.

Software spending worldwide will continue to grow with a big focus on the cloud, and these worldwide trends reflect the focus of midsize firms, according to an article on MidsizeInsider.com.

The Forrester research found that companies and governments spent more than $2 trillion on hardware, software and services. In the most popular segment, software firms allocated budgets for improving mobile apps, analytics, security and collaboration software. Software spending increased last year by more than $540 billion; it is expected to grow 3.3 percent this year and 6.2 percent in 2014, the largest projection for technology categories.

The annual survey on worldwide IT spending also pointed out that companies will slowly stop investing in legacy applications, including desktops and servers, and will push their resources toward the cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, Big Data and mobile apps instead. Additionally, impressive spending is predicted for the tablet market. Forrester predicts a 36-percent surge in tablet spending for a turnover of $21 billion this year, with Apple, Samsung and Microsoft leading the way.

Apple Launches iPhone Trade-In Program
Attention Apple enthusiasts: Don't toss those outdated iPhones into your co-mingled recycling bin or atop your curbside newspapers (assuming you've bought a newspaper within the past five years).

Apple added iPhones to its recycling program to encourage past customers to trade in their devices for credit toward a future purchase.

Apple also is expected to launch two new iPhone models around Sept. 20, 10 days after a scheduled media event. Although the company has not disclosed specific timing or the names of its forthcoming devices, reports suggest they will be called iPhone 5S and, the more affordably priced, the iPhone 5C.

According to an article on InformationWeek.com, the iPhone 5S should come with a more powerful processor - possibly a 64-bit ARM-based A7 chip - and a longer-lasting battery and a sharper camera. The iPhone 5C is likely to be similar to the current iPhone 5 in hardware and performance.

Much of the pre-release coverage of imminent iPhones has focused on color options: The iPhone 5S is said to come in black, white and gold. That might matter more if protective iPhone cases weren't needed.

However, the iPhone's software is likely to get more attention than its hardware or color scheme. Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system features an extensive interface revision and such changes tend to generate passionate responses, pro and con.

Where Cloud Computing Jobs Are Today
Where there is a cloud there's a good chance there is a job opening.

An analytics firm recently compiled where cloud computing jobs can be found and just how much one can expect to earn in these positions.

Data processing, hosting and related cloud services added new 3,600 jobs in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics's monthly report shows. And employment in computer systems design and related services is projected to grow 3.9 percent annually from 2010 to 2020, compared with 1.3 percent of all industries, according to BLS data. This gradual growth in the sector is projected to add 671,300 jobs by 2020.

Wanted Analytics, a leader in the field of real-time business analytics, provided a look into its analytics applications and advanced data sets used for competitive analysis, sourcing new hires, analyzing employment and economic trends, and lead generation. The Wanted Analytics platform is based on 25,000 employment sources that account for 950 million job posts, according to an article on Forbes.com.

There are 10,077 positions open at 1,447 employers, with the average posting period being 47 days, based on all positions where cloud computing is mentioned as part of the job description, requirements or prerequisites.

The average salary range for cloud computing jobs is $90,650 to $110,800 according to Wanted Analytics.

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Patrick Burke is a writer and editor based in the greater New York area and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

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