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A new era for the IT provider

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A new era for the IT provider

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By Mitchell Feldman, CDO | March 13, 2015

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Summary:

  • The Development of cloud computing has changed the role for IT professionals.
  • The Microsoft Cloud is becoming the enterprise norm.
  • There is a clear quest to achieve power and efficiency.
Things are changing for those in the IT profession

The global move toward cloud computing has meant a change in the role of the IT provider in the 21st century. In the past, the IT role solely involved an ability to solve business problems or challenges and provide a technological solution that best addressed the issue.

Cloud computing has changed the way that we do business around the world. For the first time in modern history, companies do not need to work on forecasting their technology needs for the coming years. In the past, a business owner would be required to take an educated guess and purchase their software for the future, often resulting in unmet or overfilled needs; they bought bloated software packages that contained unnecessary features and functions, worried about maintaining an overly large IT support staff, and often ended up with software that fell short of reality.

Instead, cloud computing allows a company to use exactly the software that they want and need, when they want it and need it, and for the exact number of users that they require. It can instantly adjust its capacity from one user to tens of thousands – and back again. It is this incredibly flexible and customisable character that makes cloud computing the best solution for a vast majority of business needs. The financial growth that the cloud makes possible is potentially endless.

“Moving to Office 365 is directly saving us over £4,000 per month, cutting out datacenter hosting costs, equipment leasing, hardware to manage the environment, and an expensive support contract. We’ve reduced our licensing costs and being able to plan for business growth using an ‘IT cost per head‘ model brings immense value.”

– Darren Franks, CEO, Eutopia Solutions

Microsoft Cloud is rapidly becoming the norm in offices everywhere as processing, memory and storage are all available in bespoke amounts that instantly adjust to a company’s needs. It enables businesses to exactly align their requirements with their technology expenditures, reducing unnecessary spending and increasing their bottom line. Microsoft Cloud technology is advancing every year, and savvy IT providers are making a move to gear their business towards this market.

This is a smart, long term plan, as IT providers are increasingly called upon to provide guidance on a company’s growth acceleration capabilities and guide their clients toward cloud computing solutions. They must be able to demonstrate a unique ability to analyse and understand their customer’s business, and be able to show them the success possible by leveraging the power of cloud computing. It is no longer optional to specialise in cloud computing – it is now a mandatory skillset to have.

Marc Tobias from DMJ Recruitment talking about the power of the Cloud.

What is the ‘friction’?

While the average business owner knows that they need to harness the power and efficiency of cloud computing, they are often less clear on how to do so. While it actually operates on a simple premise, using Microsoft Cloud can seem more complex than purchasing software packages. That is where the changing role of the IT provider comes in – they need to be there to guide their client toward the best cloud solutions.

As the move toward cloud computing continues, the role of the IT provider is ever changing. It pays to keep up to date and informed about all aspects of this technology and demonstrate to your clients the profit, efficiency and growth possible and available to them with Microsoft Cloud.


Moving forwards

We’d love to hear your opinion.

  • What do you think of the changes to IT?
  • Have you experienced the power of the cloud?
  • How do you think the IT profession has changed in recent years?

 

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