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According to a recent guest blog on CrainsDetroit.com, the top ten manufacturing job postings in the Southeast Michigan region are related to the information technology field, including positions such as software developers, computer programmers and system analysts. The Michigan auto and parts manufacturing jobs increased by 22,500 from November 2009-12, according to University of Michigan economist Dan Grimes.
High-tech jobs within the manufacturing industry are driven by demand and evolving auto technology – mobile software applications and energy management are powered by the advances in Internet radio and lithium-ion battery-powered engines. In order to effectively and efficiently support advancements, the industry has turned to cloud computing.
Cloud computing infrastructure allows companies to pay only for the services in use, with the ability to scale up and down quickly as demand changes. Supply chain management (SCM) applications have also contributed to the need for cloud computing; the adoption rates are highest in areas of collaborative sourcing and procurement, demand planning, global trade management (GTM) and transportation management systems (TMS), according to LogisticsManagement.com.
Unfortunately, the demand for candidates with high-tech skills is being met with an insufficient talent pool in Michigan. As I wrote about in Mobile App & Manufacturing Tech Fuel Michigan & Detroit Economy, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) created a training program in attempt to both cultivate and fund the development of in-state students and support current manufacturing businesses, called the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (MAT²). Employers pay a student’s tuition while they work and attend school with work contracts in place after graduation.
In addition to the auto industry, e-commerce and banking are also in need of tech-related talent in Michigan. Mobile banking allows users to access their banking services with their mobile devices, and online payments are the basis of the ecommerce industry. Even traditional retail is moving to mobile payments that allow consumers to check out with their devices, expediting the sales cycle and catering to consumer comfort. However, as these industries process, collect and store credit cardholder data, they also need to achieve PCI DSS compliance, the industry standards that dictate the security measures required to protect consumer information. Read our PCI Compliant Hosting white paper for more on PCI compliance with hosting providers.
As healthcare goes digital, the demand for tech skills increases as well. The government has incentivized the switch from paper medical records to electronic systems, allowing for health data exchange, patient-access portals, remote access via mobile devices, and more. While the cloud can support storage-intensive needs, such as that demanded by medical imaging, HIPAA compliance is a concern for those that must secure patient data. Read more about secure HIPAA compliant clouds and hosting in our HIPAA Compliant Hosting white paper.
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