Inhouse UK IT Departments could be slashed by next decade

Fujitsu Siemens Computers, one of the big tin computer manufacturers, has released a report showing that IT departments could be slashed in size by 50 percent over the next decade and some firms could go as far as reducing the head count by 90 percent.

Dave Prichard, chief technologist at Fujitsu Siemens Computers, understands that companies might be looking for ways to cut costs and make more efficient arrangements; some of which could come through outsourcing.

Prichard said that “IT departments of big corporates are set for a big shake-up, triggered by increasingly sophisticated allocation of resources with automated management, Resources can now be managed more cost-effectively by external suppliers with specialist operations, support and maintenance staff."

Because of new technology like Virtualisation, Wireless connectivity and mobile computing, IT staff connecting devices and systems would be the first to be hit as systems converged and are consolidated.

A single server can now house dozens of virtualised servers while upgrade paths are less complicated than in the past.

The rise of both onshore and offshore outsourcing, available even to small businesses, is bound to accelerate this trend.

According to Fujitsu Siemens, job associated with running information systems will go next as automatic policies come in place.

We can see the start of this process as Google decided to bypass IT administrators when they released Google Apps Team Edition, targeting the employees, rather than the IT department.