In Singapore alone, the cloud computing segment is expected to add 12,000 jobs locally by 2015. These numbers are provided by IBM, meaning that demand for cloud computing in the B2B space is very promising. On a global scale, cloud computing is expected to add over 14million new jobs by 2015, with revenues of $1.1 trillion dollars, roughly equivalent to 13 Facebook IPOs.
With so much digital automation going on in this decade, I find you computer whizzes extremely fortunate. I’m but a business student with only a sparse knowledge of HTML, and I feel that I’m missing out. The digital technopreneurship space is hot, and many of you stand gain the most out of it. I cannot correct or contribute any coding in my digital venture, yet I am determined to be part of this crazy trend of digital automation; by covering the business side of things, which I think is more easily picked up compared to programming.
Industrial revolution lifted humanity in the past centuries by shifting arduous work from humans to machines. The ‘digital automation revolution’ which we are undergoing will lift many more lives around the world. Administrative tasks which were done slowly and repetitively will become a thing of the past. It leaves a void in the workforce, forcing administrators to skill-up or be relegated to doing lower-skilled menial tasks. The rich and powerful who have access to IT knowledge and skills and who are able to deploy them to their advantage will get even more rich and powerful. If I’m already feeling left out, what do we make of those who are deprived of many more basic things in the rest of the world?
As much as digital entrepreneurship can create many millionaires in this era, I really wonder how the rest of the world will turn out to look 20-40 years down the road. Could digital sociopreneurship emerge, thereby distributing some of the immense power and riches down to the less fortunate? Or will we be so glued to our hedonic treadmills that we keep striving for more for ourselves, leaving the rest to fend for themselves?