Cloud computing is revolutionizing how people see the IT industry. Every year an increasing number of businesses are recognizing the value of the remote access of cloud based servers and systems. Gartner estimates that by 2022 there will be 1.158 billion business users on cloud based systems, representing a 6.3 percent compound growth rate from 2013 through 2022. As the entire sector undergoes this shift, the jobs and roles of those in the IT industry will also be forced to change to reflect the changing technology and user expectations. Here are four key areas that industry professionals should expect to see adjustments.
The shift from in-house IT departments to IT full service companies
Before the advent of the cloud, IT departments were responsible for maintaining a company's entire computer system. This meant troubleshooting when problems arose, updating programs when needed, installing and setting up new software, and securing the company data. As IT technology increasingly becomes dominated by cloud technology, more companies are beginning to use remote IT teams and downsize, if not completely eliminate, their in-house teams. This helps the company save money while also maintaining their technological capabilities.This has slowly been creating a shift from IT workers being employed by individual companies to being employed by IT firms.
Programs being delivered as services
Software developers and other IT professionals must be willing to adapt as clouds offer companies greater flexibility in their software and program use. When they access the cloud, companies will no longer have to buy the programs individually. Instead, they be able to purchase the programs through the cloud services, and pay for only the amount of software they actually need depending upon the size of their company. Cloud based services are scalable, which means that companies can expand as they grow or decrease their usage if they no longer need it. This will change the pay models, as well as the training companies will need. The IT field must reflect these changes to remain profitable.
Change in job roles
IT professionals who remain working for businesses will find their in-house job descriptions increasingly changing. No longer will they be responsible for running the IT department themselves, they will be serving more as the intermediary between the remote IT company and the business itself. They will also be responsible for tasks such as helping employees become more wired and helping them access their company's cloud servers and data.
Leveling the playing field regardless of company size
Before the advent of the cloud, it could be a challenge for smaller businesses and companies to keep up with the technological demands of their industries. Since they did not have the resources to afford a large IT department, they might have struggled to stay up to date with their software and had to do a considerable amount of their updating and troubleshooting themselves. Since cloud companies offer businesses the opportunity to scale their access to software according to their need while also outsourcing many of the IT needs, having a fully equipped IT department is now more affordable and accessible. Those who work in IT will need to familiarize themselves with the needs of these companies and be able to help them get ahead. Those who are in a position to help these smaller businesses will find themselves in high demand.
As the cloud continues to become an increasingly important part of the technology sector, those who work in IT will find their jobs changing to meet the new demands. Professionals who remain updated on the latest in their fields will be the ones ready to succeed in the changing market and equipped to help businesses of all size move forward in the digital age.