Organizations are moving to the private cloud, increasingly lead by their IT departments. This is because those groups understand the power and versatility that comes from a switch to cloud based services. In fact, many of those in IT have been leading the transition of their own departments into different roles because of a company-wide adoption of cloud computing. What would possess workers in today's economy to change how a business is run and radically alter how their job works? It has a lot to do with being proactive about changing technology,. As software continues to become more complex, it will necessarily take more work to keep up. By outsourcing the nuts and bolts of software deployment through the utilization of a cloud server, in-house IT can use its expertise for other tasks more aimed at helping the company in the long term. 

As many as 93 percent of companies are using the cloud, with 82 percent using a hybrid cloud strategy, according to a RightScale survey. Of these, 62 percent are being led there by their IT departments.  The growth and the scale with which new developments can be created for companies using the cloud enables better options for businesses in the long run. The simple ability to gain access to important assets no matter where an employee is creates value for the company. When the addition of strong cloud services like encrypted messaging, VoIP or accounting software are taken into account, the benefits of cloud computing become clear.

DevOps and the cloud go hand in hand
This has benefits not only for the company as a whole, but also for the IT department as it pursues a DevOps-approach to organizational structure.  Instead of acting as just systems administrators or developers, officials within the IT department can collaborate directly with other teams and work together on shared projects, blurring the lines between their individual roles. The use of hybrid cloud environments has also lead to "hybrid" IT people. They are less concerned with issues of stability and simple quick fixes, and more with long-term growth, like a manager. These types of IT workers are able to interface with the rest of the company and drive rapid gains in efficiency for the company. What's important to remember is that the Cloud and DevOps are linked, according to Data Center Knowledge.  DevOps allows tech-focused teams to develop software solutions to problems that spring up in the world. Companies that want to use DevOps and a result-oriented mode of doing business need to have the best connectivity possible in order to make it work in the long term. The cloud connects DevOps teams to users instantly, letting everyone reap the benefits.

Utilizing cloud computing applications can allow a company to get the most out of its IT resources and its technical teams. Through the creation of a DevOps-oriented service environment, IT leaders are able to take control over the workflow of their employees and channel it to be more productive. Builds, tasks and deliverables can automatically be sent to other parts of the team when work on them is complete, letting workers get things done more efficiently than before. Ultimately it is the pace at which a company works that determines its overall efficiently, and streamlining the use of software in this way allows teams to get more done consistently. 

IT departments are bringing their companies to the cloud because it expands their capabilities. Both on an individual team level, and on a company-wide level, cloud based services are extremely helpful. What business may be facing is the loss of the traditional IT department and the rise of the DevOps group. Why should organizations stick with the older way of doing things? IT's reactive way of handling technology is simply outdated compared withto the proactive, highly results-driven mode of DevOps.