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SaaS, Cloud, and Jobs

JimGardner ‎07-26-2011 10:44 AM - edited ‎07-27-2011 07:54 AM

It’s a tumultuous time for the economy, yet in many ways what we are experiencing on a macro level on the world economic stage is just a reflection of what IT professionals deal with on a regular basis. IT is, at its core, on the cutting edge not only of technology, but business processes and efficiencies. Arguably, more change occurs in the IT arena than any other functional area of a business. Thus, the ‘threat to the status quo’ is a non-starter in IT, as it presumes a status quo in the first place! In IT, professionals must regularly adapt to new code, systems, platforms and processes – or risk being kicked to the curb for not embracing the change required of them.


So why the wailing and gnashing of teeth over Cloud? It is really the fault of the way providers have relied too heavily on the cost-saving/outsourcing model to extol the virtues of the Cloud and SaaS. Cutting costs is not the only reason to move to  cloud computing, and I’d suggest that in many cases it is not even in the top three. Yet from what I’ve seen, particularly from HP’s competitors, you’d think that faster time-to-market, higher adoption, seamless upgrades, easy provisioning, pay-per-use and a host of other benefits are just incidental by-products of a tool to designed explicitly to cut headcount from IT.


It is true that the efficiencies inherent in the Cloud model could result in fewer people required in IT. Outsourcing routine processes to a SaaS provider, the need for less maintenance, PPU provisioning of one-off functions like testing – these all conspire against a ballooning IT headcount. Yet look around an IT department today and you’ll find not one punch-card (unless twisted into some whimsical origami on a bookshelf.)  That’s because for decades IT professionals have dealt with mainframes, desktops, ERP, open source… myriad other disruptions, and it all proved that IT professionals are flexible, inventive, resilient, and embrace change. And if that’s true of your team, I’d not be wasting those talents by assigning routine tasks to them that are better managed in the Cloud.


Flexible, inventive, resilient professionals who embrace change are people who will recognize the enormous opportunity the Cloud represents for them, and will find ways to apply their skills to new projects that create more value for the business – and in turn, more, not fewer, IT jobs in the future.

About the Author


Jim is a technology marketer with over two decades experience in product launch, branding, and product marketing

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