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IT leaders and business managers approach cloud differently

September 06, 2013

The cloud is not a singular entity that a company can decide it wants or needs and then, with a snap of the fingers, deploy. Rather, there are numerous considerations business will have to take into account—often with the help of hired IT support services—that affect the types of cloud computing systems and solutions being invested in.

IT leaders have different preferences than business managers        
While a recent study found that enterprises still overwhelmingly prefer working with a variety of channel providers when setting up their cloud business solutions, differences began to emerge when it examined who within the organizations was responsible for making purchases, the website Information Management reported.

For example, IT leaders tended to favor a more diverse approach, partnering with multiple providers, while business managers preferred a more direct, singular approach. This was especially true among small firms, which were more likely to contract with MSPs and VARs. According to the study, this indicates greater comfort with the cloud among IT professionals than seen in the past as well as an increased familiarity with the differences in the cloud and among providers.

According to Information Management, the differences between preferences can be attributed to the age of the technology and how long it has been in use by specific businesses.

"Cloud as a means of acquiring and utilizing IT is still a relatively young phenomenon within enterprises," the news source explained. "Everyone 'gets' the concept, but familiarity and comfort with services and providers is just now beginning to permeate most firms. Early adopters had little choice but to acquire [Software-as-a-Service] directly from SaaS providers, as there were practically no alternatives."

With investment in cloud computing growing, companies may need to advance their IT departments by working with knowledgable professional who understand IT talent management to find and train the right employees. In fact, recent reports suggest the sooner firms begin to do so the better, as demand may outpace supply in the coming years.

According to research firm IDG, the marketplace will see an exodus of baby boomers through 2030, as 10,000 of them are set to turn 64 every day until that year. While older workers may not be considered to be the most tech savvy, they possess a deep understanding of business processes that will be essential to making a smooth transition between generations. It is in firms' best interests to begin this process as soon as possible.

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