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Cloud computing a top priority at all levels of the IT organization

by Dave Hannon

January 21, 2011

Dave Hannon
@Daveatwispubs

The impact of cloud computing is being felt from the top of the IT organization down to the bottom.

At the top, a Gartner survey of more than 2,000 CIOs worldwide found that cloud computing and virtualization are the top priorities for CIOs, with many expecting these technologies to reduce costs enough to free up precious IT budget for more strategic initiatives. CIOs see cloud as a double-whammy because it can reduce costs and increase competitiveness. CIOs expect cloud-based technologies to release between 35 to 50 percent of infrastructure and operational resources for innovation and growth.

“CIOs and IT have been boxed in between modest budget growth and growing legacy requirements," said Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner Executive Programs. "New lighter-weight technologies – such as cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS), and social networks – and IT models enable the CIO to redefine IT, giving it a greater focus on growth and strategic impact. These are two things that are missing from many organizations."

With cloud computing becoming such a big priority for CIOs, it’s not surprising that cloud skills are in big demand throughout the IT organization. According to a report from technology job site Dice.com, postings for cloud-related jobs are up nearly 300% from a yea r ago. “As cloud continues to scale, there will be many interesting challenges for technology professionals to solve,” the Dice report says.

Note also that Dice also reports an 87% increase year over year for SAP skills.

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