The Mobile Cloud Opportunity - 4 times more projects and jobs, but where are the developers?

posted May 23, 2012, 6:59 AM by Bruce P. D'Sena   [ updated May 23, 2012, 7:12 AM ]
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Mobile apps are moving to the Cloud because of the increased accessibility, accelerated deployment timelines, lower costs and a plethora of other reasons. This increase in smartphone adoption and the resulting growth in app consumption is contributing to growth of the Platform as a Service (PaaS) Cloud computing model.

Cisco's prediction for the future of smartphone growth is that by the end of this year, there could be more smartphones on the planet than humans, and by 2016 there could be 10 billion smartphones. It's no surprise that businesses are now prioritizing mobile application development. According to Engine Yard, by 2015, mobile application development projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4 to 1.  

So if you're considering a career move into development - Mobile PaaS is probably where the action is going to be. All of the companies making the news - Instagram, Netflix, Foursquare, Zynga, Pinterest among others run mobile apps in the Cloud.
Dice reports that there was a 220% increase in job postings for iPhone related apps, and 302% increase for Android. There were more that 4500 jobs posted, and simply not enough supply of developers to meet demand. 

Below Info-graphic courtesy Engine Yard

Engine Yard PaaS Info-graphic