How IT Leaders In UK and US View The Coming Cloud Revolution

One of the biggest names in Enterprise IT, CA Technologies, recently commissioned the IDG to provide some clear insight into how IT leaders were positioning themselves, if at all, for cloud technologies.

Polling executives in Germany, France, UK and US, the white paper also sought to build a picture of how legacy IT had evolved over the last five years in relation to the cloud.

The paper is valuable since it narrowed its focus towards those employed in IT for 5 or more years, at companies with revenue of $500 million or more (or IT budgets of $100 million or more if in the public /nonprofit sector). Respondents were also required to be involved in the purchase or implementation of enterprise software and/or data center technology at their organizations.

The conclusions were broad and telling including these two points:

  • 40% expect that cloud computing will decrease the level of IT staff time/ resources dedicated to IT support and boost productivity by 55%
  • 54% of IT’s function will be allocated to the “IT supply chain manager” role rather than IT infrastructure owner and operator.

But, even more critical amongst the various statistics cited was the growing importance of having business skills, which include managing (cloud) service providers.

In fact IT leaders cite the above as the most critical skill set, which will grow in demand by about 66%.

Cloud requirements for IT

The same IT executives believe that 43% of their current IT apparatus will be outsourced to a cloud provider over the next 24 months.

With such rapid growth, IT titles will evolve to focus on cloud computing and vendor management.

Some of the new titles emerging include:

  • Cloud Manager
  • Cloud Architect
  • Cloud Security Engineer
  • EVP Cloud Technologies
  • Cloud Integration specialist

The conclusions are clear for an individual: If your current skill set is largely focused (and dependent) on traditional IT technologies including dedicated servers and collocation, you could be limiting your future growth prospects.

Conversely, for an IT department, even if you decide cloud is not the future for your business, your competitors beg to differ.

They are already moving their resources in this direction and will most likely reap the benefits of elastic scalability at reduced costs and complexity.

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