It is widely believed that cloud computing will bring about widespread layoffs in IT organizations. It has been our experience that IT personal are given new responsibilities where their contributions continue to add value to their organization rather than being let go. This fact was borne out by Enterasys Networks, Aricent Group, and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). The Wall Street Journal reported that the more common occurrence is for responsibilities to shift to other tasks.
Instead of worrying about patching systems and replacing failed hard drives, many members of the IT department are spending more time teaching business users the ins-and-outs of cloud tools and monitoring emerging cloud technologies we may be able to use in the future, says Rich Casselberry, Director of IT infrastructure for Enterasys Networks.
Enterasys Networks, Aricent Group, and UCSF have all experienced a need for more staff, specifically analysts and program managers. The amount of time spent on maintenance versus new application development is shifting; rather than spending more on maintenance, cloud computing has allowed IT leaders to focus on other aspects of its company, such as software development, business analytics, and more.
If I could do everything in the cloud, I would have done it yesterday. – Raj Datt, CIO, Aricent Group (Click to Tweet)
At Aricent, Datt says training hours for IT staff have increased by 50 percent. From a cost and time standpoint, the increase is insignificant. More significant is the dramatic increase in employee satisfaction that’s resulted from the training, he says. Now IT staff are more comfortable with the fact that we didn’t lose any jobs, and the IT organization is creating more value for the business.
Not only does transferring to cloud keep employees, it adds value to the business by giving employees the opportunity to learn and grow alongside the company. WatServ provides the cloud computing solution that creates this opportunity. Learn more about how you can obtain the cloud solution.