The Cloud - Positive or Negative Future for the IT Dept
I have no doubt that you have all heard about cloud computing, and like me have read many views from those who have doubts, to those who push out the panacea marketing hype.
I am interested to see what the edugeek guys think this will mean for our future. The views I have seen on the myriad of IT industry sites ranges vastly from those who believe we will be finished within a few years, to those who state that IT staff will still be needed but our roles will change.
Also, what of the future for the myriad of IT consultancy firms that support the industry, and what of the future for Microsoft, not forgetting Apple, Linux and Novell etc. Are we in a position whereby we should be warning potential computing science students to stay clear, as their will be virtually no jobs for them by the time they graduate in 3 or 4 years time.
If the worst is to be believed, we could be looking at a near total wipeout of IT departments and the services we provide. On the flip side, some mention that IT teams will go through an evolutionary change whereby we deliver more value and spend less time fire fighting.
Like many edugeek members, I have spent a lifetime in the industry gaining a skillset and building a career. It is extremely depressing to continually read more and more articles that tell us that we are no more than an annoying burden to our organisations, and that we can (and will) be disposed of by Google and Amazon.
I am not so blinkered that I don't relaise that what is for us will not pass us by. However, perhaps I am being overly pesimistic - please let me know if I am.