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10 Mind Blowing Views From the Experts on How Cloud Will Impact IT Departments


10 Mind Blowing Views From the Experts on How Cloud Will Impact IT Departments


Are IT organizations becoming relics? 

Cloud is having a major impact on the state of the data center, and may effect the very existence of IT operations. 

Are we seeing a need to move to computing environments that are far beyond a typical corporate environment? Will the infrastructure team grow smaller as additional services to fill gaps in IT operations? Recently we looked at the impact ofcloud on IT Jobs, now some are saying that cloud technology doesn't necessarily save money, while others see it as the driving force of overwhelming change in IT. 

Here are 10 perspectives from experts at Forrester, TechRepublic,, and InformationWeek, and more sharing their insights into how the IT department stands to change.

1. Cloud computing won't promote a destruction of IT jobs, but rather a change in their nature.

The cloud, then, does not threaten IT jobs, nor does it reduce the importance of IT departments. If anything, the short-term trend is an increase in importance as users realize that they need the help of IT to manage the complex server and application environments that are being created ad-hoc in their rush to move to the cloud.

By Thoran Rodrigues, contributor TechRepublic 
Will the cloud be the end of the IT department? 

2. The next age is "the age of the machine".

Will the whole concept of the enterprise disappear as barriers to entry disappear across many market segments?

By Tim Sheedy, Analyst on CIOs for Forrester Research
What Will The Future Of IT (And Technology) Look Like? 

3. IT is now less about keeping the lights on in the server room, and more about being creative and adding value to the business.

The changing nature of traditional IT and the characteristics of the cloud, such as a heavy influence on collaboration and project management, for womens increased interest. Women are definitely becoming more attracted to IT because they see IT becoming a critical function to business performance,.

By Sandra Gittlen, ITWorld 
Could cloud computing increase the number of women in IT? 

4. Is the IT department an also-ran when it comes to innovation?

The challenge before IT organizations is to earn a position at the center of innovation, not just plod along in a support and maintenance role--a role. 

By Rob Preston, VP & Editor in Chief, InformationWeek
Are The CIO And IT Organization Replaceable? 

5. The coming computing needs of corporations are driving an enormous transformation in how infrastructure is delivered, and who provides it.

IT is moving from supporting business processes to being the business's processes, and that traditional application designs and infrastructures are inadequate to support today's needs. In turn, this is driving the need to move to computing environments that are far beyond what a typical corporate environment, capable of supporting the computing requirements of a decade ago, can provide. 

By Bernard Golden, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for enStratus Networks, and a Cloud blogger for 
Cloud computing is forcing IT departments to evolve 

6. As the world becomes more IT dependent, data center growth is inevitable.

It's a common misconception to think that information in the "cloud" is in in outer space somewhere, when it's not. All data "docks" somewhere – it has to live in a tangible location. It lives in data centers located in building floors in the middle of Manhattan, in the country plains of North Carolina, in farms and other wide-open spaces. 

By Ron Bianchini, CEO, Avere on 
Are Data Centers Becoming the New Global Landfill?

7. IT departments as we know them will shrink but these people may focus on different tasks.

IT functions are providing often superior service with fewer resources than were needed only a handful of years ago. This is reshaping the composition of the IT functions and the skills they require. In some cases it is also leading to a reduction in the size of the overall IT function.

By Brad Howarth.
The incredible shrinking IT department 

8. Number of job postings in the cloud computing industry is growing so rapidly that there aren't enough qualified workers available.

Not every organization has been so quick to flock to the cloud. A major outage to cloud computing servers used by Instagram this summer showed the potential pitfalls for businesses and brands. 

By Sam Laird, Mashable
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Cloud? [INFOGRAPHIC] 

9. In going cloud, performance must be tracked and validated once you make the move.

It's been nearly two years since the Office of Management and Budget introduced its "cloud first" policy, and federal IT pros are still learning how to craft a cloud business case that holds up to scrutiny. GSA was forced to go back to the drawing board--others should learn from that. 

By John Foley, Editor, InformationWeek
Expect To Save Millions In The Cloud? Prove It 

10. A massive shift going on in enterprises.

As technologies change, so must IT admins. There is a massive shift going on in enterprises. Instead of building out on-premises infrastructure, they are shifting to the cloud or building highly automated private or hybrid clouds, and IT teams must learn to shift in response. Chief technology officers, chief information officers and IT pros have to capitalize on this sea change and fight to stay relevant in new cloud environments. 

By Caitlin White, Associate Site Editor, SearchCloudComputing
How cloud computing is transforming the IT department

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