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Cloud computing will spur IT department innovation says study

Cloud computing will spur IT department innovation says study

A study from IBM suggests cloud computing will encourage innovation by increasing user access to IT.

IBM has released the results of a nationwide survey of New Zealand IT managers’ opinions on what cloud computing means for in-house IT teams. The results suggest that cloud adoption presents an opportunity for IT departments to lead on innovation, while increasing user access to IT services and demand for IT services. The findings are based on online interviews with 119 IT managers in June.

Asked how cloud adoption will change the role of in-house IT professionals, nearly three quarters of respondents agreed that it would provide more scope for IT departments to lead innovation in their organisations. Two thirds also believed that there would be more strategic relationships with IT providers in a cloud-based environment and that it would lead to greater adoption of non-IT-related skills – a result reinforced by the three quarters of respondents who believed that there would be less reliance on traditional IT skills. Respondents were evenly split on whether there would be more or less specialisation.

Skills in demand were expected to be mostly related to architecture - applications, storage and data and enterprise architects. Overall, it was perceived that the advent of cloud computing would result in a shift in skill sets, with greater requirement of expertise in areas like applications, storage and data and enterprise architecture.

The majority of respondents believed there will be either constant (38 percent) or increased (44 percent) demand for IT services within organisations adopting cloud.

For larger organisations the key benefit of cloud was increased flexibility of infrastructure. The most important benefit overall was increased user access to IT, although this was in 4th place amongst large organisations (1,000 employees or more).

“Cloud computing is transforming the IT workplace as organisations adopt new ways of consuming IT. CIOs and IT managers should ensure that this is factored in to their cloud strategy, finding opportunities for their teams to lead on innovation, build more strategic relationships with IT providers and develop additional skills,” says IBM New Zealand global technology services executive Andrew Fox.

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