The development of new computer technologies and telecommunications services has enabled the emergence of “cloud computing“.
“Cloud Computing” can be defined as a flexible and scalable shared environment in which third parties provide the distribution of computing resources to customers on demand.
The increasing use of these services is evident and predictable.
Some experts believe that this is a new frontier in the digital age. Changes actually occur in the IT market, after all, the “cloud” services is an evolution of outsourcing in IT.
Possible changes for companies that make use of ‘cloud computing’:
- Reduction in investments of upgrade, software licenses and hardware (eg, dedicated servers, etc.), because it can be contracted in accordance with demand.
- Reduction in the number of IT professionals, especially in more operational activities. The reduction of equipment leads to a decrease in the number of technical personnel for maintenance and support.
- Possibility of reducing the physical area dedicated to IT, since systems and servers can be accessed on the contractor.
- Possibly more focus on the business and customers.
- Importantly, the company must hire a “cloud service” that is reliable and safe, and have technically qualified professionals to work with “cloud” and interact with the contractor.
As listed, there are economic advantages that provide the popularization of these services.
For IT professionals changes occur in the labor market as:
- Decrease in the number of IT employees who perform operational tasks.
- Increased hiring professionals specialize in “Cloud“, mainly for IT companies that offer this service for hire.
- Professionals and IT companies feel more changes and will need to adapt faster to changes and new challenges. It is likely that small IT companies cannot adapt to or are unable to invest in new technologies.
Some skills that should be developed by professionals in the area of Information Technology:
- Planning and organization to carry out the changes.
- Align IT Governance with “cloud technology” and the business.
- Knowledge of the business organization to manage the “cloud“.
- Communication skills to broker dialogue between business users and IT specialists from the contractor.
- Knowledge in information security.
- Knowledge in SOA (Service Oriented Architecture).
- Knowledge of scheduling and virtualization.
- Knowledge in SLA (Service Level Agreement).
In conclusion, plan, and stay updated. Diversify knowledge, which is a good suggestion to follow the changes.