Two Cloud Skills You Might Not Have Thought Of

Susan Hall

Just as businesses are still trying to figure out exactly what the cloud is and what it can do for them, IT pros are scrambling to stay ahead of the skills that will be required.


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In this post I quoted Tom Kiblin, CEO of cloud- and location-hosting company Virtacore, saying:

Our guys have to be skilled in so many areas-OS, hypervisor, storage, routing, backups-you can't find them. In three to five years other people [companies other than service providers] will realize their people have to [be] cross-trained to be an asset to an organization, not just be a member of the routing team or a load-balancing team or a SAN team, or whatever.

I've also come across a couple of skills that could draw in folks from the business side, creating the business/IT hybrid roles we've been hearing about.



  • The second is teaching. Forrester's enterprise architecture research director Alex Cullen told Computerworld UK that because the cloud will make it so easy for business folks to deploy IT services without input from IT, IT must teach the rest of the business how to do this well. Cullen said this will be a way for IT to demonstrate its value:
IT will teach business to procure in a reliable, scalable and secure way. Organizations will probably want staff based on their ability to teach.

As IT Business Edge's Loraine Lawson has written, that will require IT to focus on broader issues, such as governance.


Cullen also said that he expects IT departments of the future to be smaller, more focused on their abilities in integrating with legacy applications and with sourcing. Forrester expects the enterprise architect role to be split in half, with those capabilities staying in IT and the business aspects of applications and information moving into the business, possibly creating a new role there such as head of planning and innovation.

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