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By: Vincenzo Nicosia

The changing role of the IT department has come at the expense of many jobs, along with the alteration of qualifications. For businesses, cloud computing is a huge advantage as it can cut down costs on a number of things. However, for many technical employee’s, it may have a costly affect. With the emergence of cloud computing, many IT employees may lose their jobs or have to learn new technical skills to stay employed.

Cloud:

Generally anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet

–  A user can have as much or as little of a service as they want at any given time (the consumer needs nothing but a personal computer and internet access).

–  Private cloud is a proprietary network or a data center that supplies hosted services to a limited number of people.

–  IBM Survey- 91% of 2,000 It professionals surveyed believe cloud computing will be the primary IT delivery model by 2015

Effecting Businesses:

Businesses can create more for less money and with less people.

–  Means fewer people and changes the desired skill set within tech job market

–  Costs are saved in IT equipment, labor and data center real estate (also power and cooling)

–  Unlike traditional software products, cloud and web services revolve around content and data. Much of the installation, configuration and maintenance work done by traditional data center employees is becoming automated. This means the desired skill sets will move away from hands on technical work.

  • Now it is going to take more than just a traditional engineering background and computer science degree

Cloud computing eliminates the need for software purchases and infrastructure as software is lent according to the needs of the business via the web.

–  Ridding the need for hardware, servers, software for PCs, and upgrades.

–  Instead of building out on premises infrastructure, they are shifting to the cloud or building highly automated private clouds.

  • Pulling storage or IT administrators and people in those roles out of the organizations.

–  IT roles will shift from hands on work with hardware and installations to resource management, integration, capacity planning and technical architecture.

  • As a result, IT roles will evolve from systems admins and systems architects to cloud admins and cloud architects

  • If increasing your admin efficiency with automation, you need a lot less admins.

–  They will run an entire virtual data center instead of being responsible for one technology. In many cases, they will get away from command line-based routing and switch configuration and look for management tools that take care of this.

  • Businesses run the applications needed without having to utilize internal services.

  • Little to no maintenance required because hard drives are freed, producing faster processing speed, the ability to integrate applications, and faster communication abilities.

  • Businesses can run with only a few computers and internet capabilities

  • Location of business in no longer a primary indicator of success or failure since sophisticated technologies can be utilized from anywhere.

–  54% believe that cloud computing has enabled them to spend more time on business strategy and innovation.

–  IT professionals will have to be more focused on business development than application development.

  • Architecture roles will change

    • Cloud architects, cloud capacity planners, cloud service managers and business solutions consultants.

    • Software developers/systems engineers will now have to be cloud computing focused

New Skill Set:

–  Web Analytics: analyze user interactions and trends to find weak points and identify new needs

–  Data Mining: the ability to combine statistics and artificial intelligence methods to spot patterns in huge data sets.

–  Business Intelligence: people to look at that data and translate it into business speak.

 As the changing role of IT comes knocking on the door, employees will have to adapt to the new set of technical skills that are required. Businesses will save tremendously and be more efficient with less people, therefore, the competition among IT employees will be greater than ever.

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