Survey finds employees eager to embrace cloud computing

Those who work in IT have expressed a positive outlook on the future of the industry in relation to cloud computing, with most willing to take on extra training in order to equip their businesses for the transition to cloud platforms, according to a recent study.

Even if businesses are not actively engaged in making the leap to the cloud for at least one of their services, most are running pilot schemes in order to find out just how cloud technology can benefit their particular firm.

Analyst TPI says that 78 per cent of businesses have already had round table discussions with internal managers in order to establish their position in relation to cloud computing.

Some have voiced concern that those who have historically handled on site technology that could become obsolete in the face of a cloud alternative will become disgruntled as they could lose their positions. However, CWJobs has published a survey which suggests that the majority of IT experts are going to welcome the challenge of learning new skills in order to remain competitive.

75 per cent of respondents to a survey said that they would be taking on additional training in order to prepare for and adapt to the requirements of cloud computing.

It is said that IT staff will begin to find work for the cloud vendors and with each vendor servicing multiple businesses, there should be a real boom, consequently creating more employment opportunities.

The management of the cloud will still require internal expertise and thus IT workers will continue to be relevant to individual businesses as they attempt to form a tactical approach to the cloud switch-over.

The adoption of cloud services by public sector organisations in the UK is seen as being key to its expansion and public money will empower vendors and allow private businesses to invest in cloud services. This, in turn, will benefit IT professionals who might otherwise have found themselves out of work, which proves that in ideal circumstances the move to cloud computing can be universally beneficial.

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