Is the Cloud changing your job description?
Many jobs, and not just limited to IT, are changing as the Cloud increasingly impacts businesses. Cloud technologies and applications are changing the way we do business and the way technology impacts business. In a recent Forbes.com article by columnist Joe McKendrick, the Cloud has created a growing demand for professionals and managers who are more focused on business development than they are in application development.
Businesses are creating or revising jobs to meet the demands presented by cloud computing. Enterprise and cloud architects will help bridge the gap between technology and business operations in a time when cloud computing has made such gaps potentially costly to businesses that have such a gap. Says IBM’s Kevin Daley, who is vice-chair of the Open Group Business Forum, “the Cloud will increase the speed of development and change” and that cloud architects will provide the strategic support to quickly roll out cloud transitions in a repeatable and smooth process.
EMC Vice-President Chuck Hollis points out many managers and professionals will act as “infrastructure enablers” – creating cloud-like environments that support next-gen processes and workflows needed in these new environments. The Cloud is also creating new directions for software developers, systems engineers, infrastructure engineers and a host of other IT positions.
The challenge: bringing in the skills that will make it all work. Says Hollis, “If you’re an IT leader, you’ve got an interesting challenge on your hands. You most likely don’t have the right portfolio of end-states roles, skills and processes. And you are probably lacking the people with skills who can lead the change from present state to future state.”