Cloud Computing’s Advantages and How to Get Your IT Staff Ready
Your company will probably shift to a cloud platform at some point; the question is not “if,” but rather “when.” If you’re the manager making sure your IT staff is trained or a part of that staff, you must be ready for that moment.
Yes, you have probably heard a lot about cloud computing by now. However, it can appear to be a futuristic computing paradigm that only the most well-known firms can support or a dangerous technique to manage a vital IT infrastructure.
It’s neither. The future is here.
These figures from Forbes should dispel any worries you may have regarding the path of IT toward cloud computing:
- By 2020, the market for cloud computing is expected to grow to $162 billion from $67 billion.
- By the end of 2017, the market for public cloud services is expected to increase by 18% annually, from $209.2 billion in 2016 to $246.8 billion in 2017.
- By 2018, more than half of IT expenditures will be cloud-based.
- By 2020, up to 70% of spending on software, services, and technology will be cloud-based.
- The majority of technical chief financial officers (CFOs) (74 percent) predict that cloud computing will have a significant impact on their companies in 2017.
The advantages of cloud computing
We observe these important numbers when looking at predictions because there are many factors to consider while moving to the cloud. With cloud computing, businesses may save costs, hire fewer people, and increase their competitiveness and agility. They are able to reduce operational expenses, especially those related to IT and IT maintenance, minimise capital expenditures, and improve departmental collaboration. They can also bring innovative products to market more quickly.
However, there is more than just a physical transition from real mainframes to intangible cloud computing. IT and teams will need to adapt to this transition. Does the use of the cloud replace IT? In no way. In the era of cloud computing, IT departments have the potential to become a crucial component of the company rather than just an enabler that was seen as a burden or expenditure in the past. There is a chance to add value to the company here, but making that adjustment calls for new information, and employers are already on the lookout for it.
Companies are already looking for these skills.
Even if your business hasn’t adopted cloud computing yet, companies are looking for qualified candidates for these positions. In fact, according to LinkedIn, the most in-demand talents in 2016 and 2017 were “cloud and distributed computing.” According to Dice, between 2015 and 2016, the number of job postings for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform surged by 76%. In the United States alone, there were 3.9 million occupations related to cloud computing in 2015.
For individuals who are qualified for the employment, there is also money available. Twelve cloud computing positions are listed by BusinessInsider, and each one pays above $100,000.
Preparing for the Cloud
The transition to cloud computing calls for new mindsets and skill sets for IT teams. It’s an IT paradigm change, and it’s so significant that it’s been recommended we just call it contemporary computing. Your IT staff will need to concentrate their efforts on tasks specific to cloud computing and business requirements, such as working with developers to accelerate time to market and increase responsiveness to internal and external needs, since there won’t be any internal computer networks or servers to maintain and troubleshoot.
Job titles in IT that you are already familiar with, such developers, engineers, systems administrators, and managers, all have a cloud focus. Cloud computing positions range from general to specific. You’ll need individuals to fill the responsibilities relevant to cloud computing, and your IT staff will need to be knowledgeable about cloud computing, including how to deploy and manage cloud solutions.