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How Cloud Computing is Changing IT Staff Roles

Posted by Crystal Nichols on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 @ 09:00 AM

cloud computingThe cloud is having a serious impact on the way that companies meet their technology needs. Accordingly, those changes are sending ripples across the entire organization, and changing the way that IT departments are structured. The roles in IT will, as a matter of course, be different in a cloud computing environment than what they will be in an environment where every solution is run and maintained in-house. It also changes the way that those roles within IT interact with one another.

Here are some ways in which cloud computing is impacting IT staff levels and roles:

  • Growth in service levels, applications, and data doesn’t necessarily mean a growth in headcount. Growing headcount is unsustainable, and companies no longer wish or need to support that kind of growth.
  • Manual administration and interaction is being replaced by software automation. IT staff today and going forward will need to be able to implement and support automation solutions, rather than doing the kinds of manual processes that have been done in the past.
  • Architects are becoming more and more important. For automation to be effective, it needs to be standardized. More and more IT departments will be pressured to implement standardized solutions. Enterprise architects will implement, enforce, and standardize those solutions within an organization. Architects help to reduce the need for nonstandard applications and find replacement solutions in the cloud.
  • Security efforts now extend past the boundaries of your data center. Because cloud computing solutions are elastic and transitory, security has to be rethought. It’s not sufficient to have security measures out at the edge. Security has to reach to each and every endpoint, and requires security to be involved in the discussions early on when any solution is being considered and designed.
  • Recourse reallocation is becoming increasingly important. Because IT needs to be able to respond real-time to needs for specific types of sophisticated data, there need to be those within IT that can be pulled from an already-limited resource pool and put to meeting a demanded task.
  • Compliance becomes a concern for cloud infrastructure conversations. Automated resource allocation conflicts, at its very basic level, with compliance reviews after-the-fact. So, in order to insure compliance, legal and regulatory components need to take place in provisioning, rather than after the fact.

Topics: cloud computing, virtualization