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The truth about enterprises and the public cloud

Jonathan Hassell | June 25, 2014
Many companies look to the public cloud to cut costs, overhead and time to deployment. However, businesses need to understand how dramatically a move to the cloud will affect a key constituency: The IT department.

Anderson's detailed answer is available in a TechNet Blog post, but this one excerpt shows the issue of IT pro job security is a complaint Microsoft hear a lot: "In an industry where job security and career prospects are a regular topic of conversation, I see the future of IT to be brighter than ever. I believe this because the cloud opens up possibilities for IT pros to expand, specialize and grow in ways we haven't even identified yet." He's clearly speaking to the fear of marginalization and replacement that IT pros in large enterprises feel about the cloud.

The advent of the public cloud brings a lot of advantages, all trumpeted loudly by the players in this market, but it also has its attendant disadvantages that aren't so clearly communicated. Aside from the technical implications inherent in moving to the public cloud, the truth is that we won't see a lot of medium and large businesses move huge amounts of workload to the public cloud because of the human element — the real fears that outsourcing and automation on a grand scale will result in reduced need for staffing and the eventual decline of generic system administration style IT positions around the world.

It is an uncomfortable truth, but a real one, that you're unlikely to recommend a service that will put you out of a job. This is a realistic point not many are discussing, but it's one that's on the mind of every IT pro in the business.


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