How the cloud is shaping IT services
It’s all going on in the cloud, as organisations push IT resources to the limit, demanding flexibility, cost savings and security. The cloud becomes a big part of the future strategy for an IT department.
In order to deploy cloud services IT departments first need to overcome the issue of hosting data outside of the firewall. A major concern for many organisations who have been fiercely protecting their data in well protected systems on their own internal servers for years. The leap to let go of this and let it float outside of their remit, although proving safe, causes stumbling blocks for many UK boards
An unlimited resource
Through the cloud organisations of any size have unlimited access to an unprecedented resource – that will enable them to deliver more cost effective services than ever before. Small organisations will have more resources available to compete alongside the larger corps –probably paying on a pay as you use basis. With platforms that allow organisations to use cloud vendors tools to build bespoke apps, or platforms with ‘off the shelf’ services for instant use, or platforms for companies that demand maximum control - infrastructure as a service -that gives the space in which to carve unique applications. Using the cloud removes the capital investment barriers that may otherwise have meant SME’s could not compete before.
Utilising the ‘cloud’ is evidently becoming the answer to modern day consumer demands for faster, more reliable products and services through their mobile devices. We have discussed wearable technologies before, also hearables are set to make a big impact this year, all this data and the services offered through these devices needs to be stored and accessible on demand.
Impact on IT teams
The impact of the cloud on UK IT teams is still being played out. It does mean that organisations are able access Software-as-a-service, to build complex applications without deploying the help of specialist teams – as the cloud vendors offer the tools to do this from within. Thus resulting in internal IT departments having more control over the processes they manage. The move to the cloud is unlikely to be all or nothing, as organisations look to exploit the cost savings the cloud offers, but be supported with internal infrastructure upon which to store critical details.
Opportunities to explore
The cloud offers unique opportunities to IT professionals – both from the viewpoint of crafting new skills to deliver major cost savings for organisations that make the management teams sit up and notice – put the IT department clearly on the map for ongoing profitability strategies, but also for external job prospects as the huge data centres operated by cloud vendors need to be managed. This can deliver a new world of possibilities for anyone looking to carve a new future for themselves in IT.