Ben Granger-Holcombe, Director for Cloud Adapt said: “A small percentage of IT professionals are scared of recommending Cloud for the fear that Cloud computing will negatively impact their empire, they are scared to position Cloud to the business for the fear that people within their team may no longer be required, there is however plenty of work to do in embracing the positive change Cloud computing can enable.”
Cloud computing has the potential to move services such as email, office productivity and file storage to organisations whom can deliver these services at scale at a cost that is impossible to match internally. As the organisations that are delivering these services, Google for example, have thousands of professionals managing these services, it means that in-house IT can get back to focusing on delivering value added services to the business.
In his book “The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, From Edison to Google” (W.W. Norton, 2008) Nicholas Carr all but declared the pending death of IT. “In the long run, the IT department is unlikely to survive, at least in its familiar form,” he writes “IT will have little left to do once the bulk of the business computing shifts out of the private data centre and into ‘the Cloud””.
Johnnie McDonald, CEO for Cloud Adapt states “I am continually aghast by comments from some IT managers and CIO’s that they are scared they will lose their control and people if these services are delivered externally. In the face of savings like the potential that Cloud can deliver, I would have expected that they would be more pragmatic around the returns to the organisations they work for and mindful of their company’s bottom line, surely it would be more important to have the company continue to be competitive and actually be in business?”.
Mr McDonald goes on to state, “It begs the questions as to whether the IT department is enabling or disabling the business. There is plenty of work for IT to do in transitioning to the Cloud, further it presents new opportunities to IT staff to skill themselves in new areas and align themselves closer with the business.”
“The resistance is not the case across the board, I would expect 90% of IT Managers and CIO’s embrace the benefits and are positively leading the charge, it is fortunately only a minority resisting, however it makes me wonder how many organisations are being held to ransom by IT. My recommendation to anyone being resistant to the Cloud is to embrace the consideration and lead a business case to the business rather than have the business lead the case for Cloud without your involvement.”
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