Dell: cloud computing won’t hurt IT jobs

Cloud computing won’t put IT professionals out of work, according to a senior Dell executive.

Dell: cloud computing won’t hurt IT jobs

New technologies frequently raise concerns about job cuts but IT pros are here to stay, according to Tim Griffin, Dell’s global vice president (VP) for services and solutions.

“This has been a problem for the IT profession for years,” said Griffin, speaking exclusively to our sister-title Cloud Pro. “We’ve been through the [rumours] managed services were going to put everyone out of a job, but not everyone jumped onto the managed services bandwagon and I don’t [think] you’ll see everyone else jumping onto cloud.”

There will always be a place for the IT technician

Griffin said there would “always be a place for the IT technician”.

“An awful lot of what companies need out of their dedicated IT resources never actually gets done because they’re tied up with the relatively mundane ‘keeping the lights’ on versus the more strategic projects that are enabling the future of the business.”

Griffin said some services would inevitably shift to the cloud, but many will stay in the server room for years to come.

“My personal view is that you’re going to be seeing a hybrid model where people are going to [be] mixing on-premise and cloud, whether it’s software or IT,” he said.

Head over to Cloud Pro for more on Dell’s thoughts on the future of IT work in the cloud.

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