Cloud Computing Won’t Weaken IT Staff Requirements

Industry wide cloud computing adoption is not going to make IT staff jobs redundant, an IT expert has claimed.

Microsoft cloud computing evangelist Simon May claims that even if moving to cloud based computing environments reduces the workloads of organisations significantly, IT staff will still be required to facilitate the transition to the cloud and guide people around the ‘technology jungle’.

May said that new technology comes out every day, requiring people to enhance their IT skills. However, the requirement for IT support staff is not affected by such developments. He was speaking at a seminar on the future of cloud computing last month.

“It doesn’t matter if you work for one of the major vendors or are out there in the field for an organisation, what you provide is a localised level of intelligence that tailors a solution to the customer’s emerging needs,” May said.

“I don’t think that’s ever going to go away. You’re always going to need people that are able to be a guide or a gatekeeper.” he added.

Cloud computing is yet to get the approval of global CIOs who are struggling to come to terms with the security and efficiency risks posed by the technology.