Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:29:20 PM
Cloud computing has reshaped everything from the IT industry to the ways in which business is done. New reports continue to hit the news regarding the creative and relatively common strategies enterprises, governments and individuals are using the cloud to facilitate.
ZDNet recently published an article explaining that the cloud industry is rapidly transforming the responsibilities of chief information officers. According to the source, the first shift will likely affect the pace at which CIOs are responsible for adapting new methods and products to keep with the growing demands of the consumer.
Additionally, the source notes a concern that because of the current trends in technology approaching an ultimate user-friendly atmosphere, CIOs and IT personnel could potentially become dispensable. However, industry analysts and experts highly contend this thought, as CIOs and IT personnel will be tasked with facilitating and, more importantly, creating these new technologies.
In fact, the IT sector is listed among the strongest for employment growth by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and much of this can be attributed to cloud computing. These concerns may be similar to those of cloud security, as they likely are more the product of misunderstanding than facts.
"CIOs need not care too much about the title CIO," Lei Wanyun, CIO of China Pharmaceutical Group, told the news provider. "They should keep increasing their own value along with the development of cloud computing, thus integrating IT with corporations' business."
The cloud continues to be such a hot topic because of the potential it offers businesses to improve longevity. Online Tech published an article earlier this year explaining some of the reasons why enterprises are shifting to cloud services so rapidly.
According to the news provider, 48 percent of adopters are mid-sized businesses, and average downtime and reports of outages were both lower for businesses with cloud services than those without. Additionally, 66 percent of respondents to a 2010 survey listed disaster recovery and backup as the main reason for the switch to the cloud.
ZDNet projects the cloud to transform CIOs to Chief Public Relation Officers, mostly because of the shift toward a more overlapped connection between IT and general business operations. Analysts often assert how the cloud has already made IT one of the biggest candidates in any business for improvement through the use of advancements such as cloud computing.
-McAfee Cloud Security