Offloading most of their IT infrastructure is providing many companies with the opportunity to focus their IT staff on more critical aspects of the business. “That’s why outsourcing and the cloud are such hot commodities,” says Jason Hiner, editor of TechRepublic.com, and respected IT observer.
He believes one of the key IT trends we’re witnessing is the shift from an operational to a project orientation. Outsourcing and cloud computing provide more IT resources on projects “to upgrade systems, streamline business processes, and launch new IT projects to transform the business.”
“More than ever, IT is all about the projects,” Hiner writes. “It’s about the vendors that can help support IT projects (and there are infrastructure jobs for IT pros there). It’s about the business analysts and project managers who can organize people and resources to pull off projects on time and on budget. It’s about the CIOs who now base their budget and staffing decisions largely on projects rather than just the cost of keeping the server room running.”