How to tackel resistance towards cloud computing

by Luc Van Haver

I’m happy to post some thoughts on this subject, written by Sahba Hussien, Senior Technology Consultant:

“Cloud Computing undeniably introduces management challenges to an organization and will create some tension and opposition. However, management should see them as opportunities to build a more highly skilled workforce, a more responsive IT department and in doing so to focus on core strategic issue, ultimately, a better organization overall.

There is a fear among IT professionals which with the tendency to abstract responsibility away from the organization will leave them with few opportunities. Some fear redundancy and unemployment.

Abstracting non-core operations away from the organization, and focusing more on strategic tasks introduces a varied spectrum of skills and capabilities that impacts both challenges and opportunities within the organization.

The positive aspect of Cloud Computing is that there are many existing opportunities for people to learn these new skills – ongoing training in commerce and strategy can fit well within an existing role and can result in a progression from pure IT technologist to a role that has a significantly higher business focus to it, and in many cases, higher business value.

For those who fall into this class, there are some real opportunities around the interface between the different applications and services the organization will use in the Cloud. The rise of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for example has led to an entire industry based around the utilization, creation and manipulation to bind the different services together. While system integrator firms are available, there is still the need for internal system integrators to tie together the various cloud services.

Similarly there are opportunities to specialize in the areas of Cloud Computing monitoring and control for internal staff to have an interaction with the services.

Moving to Cloud Computing enables IT departments to minimize their involvement in the technical aspects of IT and become true strategic partners of the business, by teaming up IT professionals with staff dealing with strategy, therefore become a value-adding department that is actively involved in delivering solutions and benefits.”