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Title: Academic program innovation: Economic factors of cloud computing and blockchain technology talent alignment

Major industrialized transformation and trends most recently fueled by the Internet and coupled by the exponential growth of technological change have surpassed George Orwell’s fictional depictions. Today, employers in the computing disciplines are experiencing greater economic and talent shifts where the balance of power is shifting toward human capital talent. This is further exacerbated in that by 2025 it is expected that approximately 75% of global workforce talent will be comprised of the millennial generation.

Most computing careers haven’t landed where they’ve taken off. Therefore, economic shifts enabled by cloud computing coupled with the immutable and transparent constructs of blockchain technology hold the promise of further disrupting and reshaping legacy industries and workforce talent. The effects of such disruption cannot be overlooked as the further enablement of computing is permanently altering the industrial order and information balance of the legacy economy. Such technological change enabled by the cloud and blockchain necessitates a further exploration into how such technologies may address workforce readiness that remains congruent with accreditation requirements, curricular body alignment and workforce standards.

Therefore, this session will present an overview of blockchain with a conceptual model of its application to the various standards in the context of computing faculty teaching assignments. Next, an overview of cloud computing economic factors that accurately predict cloud consumption will be presented with conceptual standardization models among a pool of cloud computing vendors. Lastly, the presentation will offer a discussion of how such immutable, transparent and secure curricular mapping may be accomplished in an online academic environment across computing and cyber security programs while addressing economic factors and talent inventory gaps among students and faculty.