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Shift to Cloud Requires Fresh IT Skills

By Computerworld

May 11, 2011

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As organizations move more of their applications to the cloud, they might find themselves needing skills different from what their system administrators now possess, according to an IT executive panel discussion on cloud computing.

"There will be some skillset shifts within our organizations that will be needed," said Angelo Valletta, CIO of Sun National Bank, during a panel on cloud computing at Wired magazine's recent CIO Leadership Forum in New York.

"The role of the IT person is changing," said Greg Bouncontri, chief information officer for Pitney Bowes, during a second panel. While Pitney Bowes' IT personnel have traditionally concentrated on security and operational efficiency, now they also must find ways to use cloud IT services as a "catalyst for growth," he said.

Because the cloud will standardize infrastructure, IT shops will spend far less time managing the servers and instead will need to focus on understanding how the multiple cloud offerings could work together and how they could be used to benefit their organizations, the panelists said. Cloud computing will also require more IT architecture skills than are commonly found in-house, they said.

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