Cloud computing is the answer to delivering India’s digital mission and creating more jobs

Written by Himani Rathore

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March 31, 2021 | Siddharth Kumar

While the government of India has the right idea to create a true digital India, it parallelly faces the continuing issue of job creation across the country. The answer however to both — the digital mission and creating more jobs — lies in rural India. Cloud serving offerings are a real game changer to make sure that the vision and mission of the government is fulfilled in its entirety.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is simply the delivery of computing services. These services include servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence on the internet. The future of cloud computing is a greater shift from traditional IT services and something that is defining our current day-to-day tech dynamic.

Today we have more people, from a broader range of education backgrounds than ever before. The pandemic forced many to go back to their home cities, towns and villages. In the working class, many could carry on with their jobs and education without remaining in their city of work. Most were able to obtain new information technology jobs while staying in rural locations thanks to cloud service providers.

The central government and many state governments seem to be correctly focused on finding ways to ensure rural India benefits from IT job creation.

These are not just the traditional IT jobs, but high-technology careers born out of the demand for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and robotics, each fuelled by the growth of cloud services. Traditional, IT jobs emphasised upon working at the customer’s location (most commonly in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad) with workers required to have either advanced or higher education degrees. In contrast today, and even more so tomorrow, IT jobs emphasise accessing technology remotely by workers who have an aptitude and desire to learn, not necessarily through the route of formal higher education.

Today, cloud service providers have created free, online and self-paced training modules for cloud disciplines including course work. The abundance of free training directly leads to a multitude of cloud accreditations and certifications that are becoming requisites for IT jobs. Cloud and cloud training are taking the cost of education, out of the employment equation. More and more employers are recruiting job candidates with an aptitude for STEM plus the motivation and will to learn, so companies operating in rural India now have an opportunity to equalise urban concentrations of IT demand and talent supply with that of rural capacities for IT demand and talent supply.

But why is cloud computing important?

Using cloud services one can eliminate the expense of buying hardware, software and setting up onsite data centres. Cloud computing can also scale elastically, which simply means delivering the right amount of IT services. This has several benefits for users, which include reduced network latency.

Cloud service provides can help the government with flexibility in the work. Government does not have to invest and rely on servers being set up at each and every tehlsil and panchayat. They don’t need to have an onsite management person if something goes wrong.

Today, if services are disrupted in that centre, they might have to wait for the engineer to come and fix the issue. However, by shifting all services to the cloud, local agencies can have more time to devote to on the delivery of core services; services that affect villagers directly. Cloud services provide you with extra bandwidth, easily, without having to go through a complex update to an IT infrastructure, which is also expensive.

The future IS cloud

As we enter the new era of the way the world is working, where cloud computing will play an important role, there are thousands of possibilities being formed. The future of cloud computing lies in front of us and in inevitable. And the main reason why cloud computing holds great potential in this new technology era is that it is extremely beneficial. For one thing, cloud technology provides extreme agility.

  • It is evident that cloud computing can cut your costs to great levels and using it could save your governments money they can use elsewhere.
  • The accessibility of cloud computing is such that, no matter where you are in the world, no matter what time is it, or what device the person is using, one can continue using the cloud and complete their work and share information.
  • The use of cloud as a scalable foundation for the creation of new business models will be done not only for private companies, but also for government agencies. Cloud will give the much-needed scalability to the businesses.

With these benefits, it is evident that the future of cloud computing holds great potential. Cloud computing and the technologies behind it have many potential opportunities and capabilities. It may be able to open a wide range of jobs, services, platforms, applications and much more in the future.

Nonetheless, with so many advantages of cloud computing, there is still a long way to go. A very small number of government agencies are using cloud technology even today. Thus, for the next decade, shifting services to the cloud will not only be a process of shifting out of the on-premises technology but also a significant mind shift.

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