There is no doubt that for who deals with IT in companies, a paradigm change is happening and it’s profoundly affecting how work is done. In the centre of this change, there is a ubiquitous word that everyone at least heard of: Cloud
It’s pretty much standardized that all companies use technology widely. Owning and making available that technology, in many cases, is becoming not enough and is no longer a differentiating factor. It’s now demanded from companies to stay on the edge of newly available technology and at the same time ensure that its alignment with the actual needs is nothing but perfect.
There is a real technological revolution going on, not felt since Microsoft released their Office products or even since the Internet (as we know) started to be available for everyone. This revolution, for sure, is changing the role of the IT professionals in organizations forever. New competencies are now in demand, and more traditional roles from these professionals are for sure being deprecated.
These new competencies are in conversion into new responsibilities that are bringing the IT professional to another level inside companies. Their daily work is no longer merely architecting and optimizing internal systems or providing support to final users. Still, it’s becoming progressively common in having a part on decision making and improvement of processes for the company. Saying this clarifies that the IT professional is not anymore that guy sitting in the basement all day long and is now in conversion to an internal consultant or analyst. Therefore his opinion will be taken into consideration when decisions are made, helping to lead the company to success.
It is easier to understand this when we accept that today companies are increasingly abandoning self-hosted systems and becoming part of a global ecosystem. These organizations can find solutions by addressing their needs regarding infrastructure, production software and SaaS solutions. Let’s consider that with this present trend maintaining a self-hosted systems infrastructure is no longer a need and therefore all time consumed managing these systems can now be used to add more value to the organization’s life. It is becoming more evident that the IT professional is now able to provide intelligent and practical solutions considering better also the escalation of those solutions before the real needs of the company.
Ensuring the choose of Cloud platforms fitted to the company needs, train staff instead of resolving IT problems and be apart of the goal strategy establishment is for sure now an essential role for the IT professional inside an organization.
Some may think this is some manner a waste of skills. But indeed it is not. If you think about this more in-depth a Digital Native persona inside a company, being aware and comfortable with this all-new Cloud technology, soon will become a really powerful ally when the time to create evolutive processes rises.
The key to success of this new paradigm for IT professionals, as I believe you understand, is now closely related in keeping them in the loop decision making processes and goal defining. Also trusting their ability in understanding and manage the hired infrastructure as a service — all converging to perfect alignment with necessary procedures.