Many Information Technology workers and IT departments are outwardly hostile to cloud computing and cloud technologies. Erroneously, they assume that it is another technology that means the end of jobs in the IT sector – I couldn’t disagree more. Misguided high level self-titled management consultants have “predicted” that information technology will die and the cloud will magically make that happen. This also, couldn’t be further from reality.
The only constant in IT is change (like all science and technology). The cloud is one among many evolutionary steps we are currently seeing. Cloud technologies are changing how IT does its job and IT departments and workers need to come to the realization that this isn’t all bad. Fundamentally it just means the types of jobs required will more toward a more cloud technology focus rather than that of the past. From the IT manager all the way to desktop support this doesn’t mean the magical obsolesce of your IT skills and experience. It just means your skill will be adapted to new problems with new technologies. Technology is merely evolving and so must we.
I’m far from a singular cloud pundit claiming cloud computing is a panacea but I do see a definitive upside to these cloud technologies. To the reluctant, I ask you reexamine and re-frame your understanding of these technologies. They will not be the death of your job or the IT industry – they will be its evolution. That’s my opinion. What do you think?