While many departments of a corporation will be deeply engaged in the transition to enterprise-class cloud computing, the IT department may be the most crucial to a successful migration. As a technology that potentially offers extensive influence in a variety of core business functions, from better telecommunications to reduced energy consumption to big data used for marketing analytics, the cloud can offer many advantages. The efficacy of its implementation, however, depends upon the IT department.
The cloud is a disruptive technology. While its benefits are numerous, it can provoke some questions, and even concern, on the part of IT departments. In particular, the outsourcing of key infrastructure and hardware concerns to a cloud service provider could be construed as diminishing the scope of the IT department's duties. This could be an issue especially in enterprise IaaS cloud deployments, as part of this cloud solution's method is to relieve many of the day-to-day tasks from organizational control. However, instead of closing off the tech department from the organization's next stage of growth, enterprise cloud adoption efforts can open up IT to a new realm of possibilities. Calling the passage of many IT concerns to the cloud "a necessary transition," the Guardian contributor Simon Withers wrote that enterprise clouds offer a multifaceted positive change for IT departments, in terms of creative control and exciting new responsibilities.
Increased worker output is one of the main benefits of the cloud. Companies using IaaS clouds can offer their employees more time and resources to devote to creative development. Reduced expenditures on an organization-wide level also return resources to the pool at a time when IT personnel can wield greater control, with greater flexibility, than ever before, Withers stated. The cloud can also lead to a softening of hardened departmental silos, which can be restrictive to future growth. Tech experts can collaborate with marketing professionals on business intelligence initiatives, for example, melding tech expertise with marketing acumen to increase the viability of a company's next generation efforts.
Recruiting and retention
Getting top employees and keeping them is an important part of building an innovative, fine-tuned tech team. Enterprise clouds can help increase recruitment scope, according to WhaTech, as the businesses that use them can beef up their telecommuting and mobility options. As geography becomes less of an issue, so can retaining top talent – workers can be tapped for their creative contribution potential as well as IT know-how and work better in a system more adaptable to their habits and goals. Freed from traditional distractions like daily commuting, spending the workday accomplishing the same routine tasks and miscommunication between personnel and company management, IT workers can devote their time and energy to projects that more directly show up on a business' bottom line.
"Though for all the discussion of new working practices and innovative ways to drive value and revenue across the business, cloud adoption may come down to simple economics," wrote Withers. "Attempting to bury your head in the sand and writing cloud off as a fad is comparable to a business investing in typewriters rather than mobile devices."