Enterprises starting to ‘get’ the cloud, and are hiring accordingly

November 25, 2014

Over the last few years, the adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise has been uneven for a number of reasons. Chief among them was that managers and executives were skeptical of the benefits that the cloud could bring to their businesses. In addition, they harbored deep concerns about the security of sensitive business information stored in the cloud – especially a public cloud.

But as time went on, and early adopters saw their investments pay off in the form of a more agile, productive and less costly operation, others began following suit. As was discussed at the massively popular Amazon Web Services re:invent Conference, the cloud is becoming the new normal for companies of all sizes.

Enterprises finally starting to “get” the cloud
When it comes to new technology, especially something as game-changing as cloud computing, it takes a long time for the market to go from awareness of the products to acceptance and adoption. And according to Customer Zone 360, it looks like the market is at the point of truly understanding what the cloud is and how it can benefit from it.

The ease at which cloud solutions can scale and adapt alongside a business, and the cost savings they engender along the way, cannot be ignored anymore. With on-premise IT infrastructure, any changes to the underlying business fundamentals could lead to costly and time-consuming upgrades or cut backs. Even routine maintenance can lead to unwieldy costs as the infrastructure takes on more capacity and functionality.

IT professionals must be cloud professionals
Customer Zone 360 looked at research from Gartner and noted that 50 percent of all large enterprises will have a hybrid cloud deployment by 2017. That means that in addition to having the skills to work with more traditional IT infrastructure and applications, IT employees will also have to have significant cloud computing chops.

Economic Times wrote that it is highly likely that more jobs with “cloud” in the title will crop up in the future as businesses work to migrate their operations to the cloud. Positions like Cloud System Software Developer will become commonplace. Someone in this position would develop applications based on PaaS frameworks like Heroku or AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Additionally, this would open up management roles like Cloud Administrator. This position would involved managing a whole portfolio of cloud applications in the enterprise, vendor management, and other high level functions.

As enterprises start to understand how vital it is to migrate their IT to the cloud, IT employees with the skills to help them do so will be greatly rewarded with high pay and, by the looks of it, job security.