In this recent RingCentral small business blog, the author talked about how your business should prepare about managing IT solutions in the cloud. After all, the latest business technology trends are certainly pointing us into the direction of the cloud.
And it is not difficult to see why. There are so many benefits to cloud computing and in the future, concerns like security will also be addressed. Some of the benefits of cloud services include reduced costs as there are less capital expense and the solution is treated as an operational expense; the technology is also very scalable and can easily grow with your company; it also adds mobility to your company by letting you and your employees access cloud computing services from anywhere there is an Internet connection.
The most impressive benefit of cloud computing services, however, is its simplicity itself. It is easy to install, you do not have to perform updates and since the service is hosted on the provider’s data center, you do not have to maintain it as well.
It makes the job of the company’s IT personnel easier. Or should I say, cloud computing may be making the jobs of the IT staff too easy. And that could be a problem for the IT personnel.
That is why there is also a growing unease among some of the ranks of IT professionals. Before cloud computing, a company’s IT staff takes care of the server and the whole IT infrastructure, but now those tasks will fall to the cloud computing solution provider. The IT staff not only is forced to surrender some of their control but they would also have to work with a third party vendor who just took their responsibilities from them.
As a result, cloud computing services can severely cut down the need for IT personnel especially for network and system administrators, which is good for the business since they will be reducing their manpower requirements but is bad, obviously, for the employees because, well, they just lost their jobs.
In this regard, is it safe to assume that cloud computing is not good for IT personnel’s job security? Not really.
Yes, cloud computing will change the dynamics in hiring IT staff, but as an IT professional that is supposed to be expected. If there is a field that is constantly a subject of change, that is Information technology.
Remember the moves to client/server and the ERP initiatives; you can argue that those changes have also affected a lot of IT professionals. But the IT world moved on.
As much as jobs will be lost due to cloud computing, there will also be new jobs and roles to be created. It is just a matter of finding your new niche. It will not be easy but if you are a real IT professional, you should be able to adapt. After all, nothing is more normal to the IT world than constant evolution.