Infrastructure as a Service reinvents (Information Technology) IT department as we know it
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides many advantages to a company. Any company, of any size, has the option to access powerful resources and solutions, not inhibited by the initial capital expenditure. The pay as you need model of IaaS enables companies to utilize their resources to the optimum and scale up or down as per requirement. A company does not have to worry about peak seasons or underutilization, technology in a way has become far easier to manage than what we had seen in the past 10 years.
One of the core benefits of Infrastructure as a Service is that it allows a company to concentrate on the business aspect rather than setting up a technology house to cater to their business needs. They no longer maintain their servers or data centers, but rather leave it to IaaS providers who maintain, support and upgrade all the technology requirements. When companies move their technology to the cloud, they also make their IT departments seem more obsolete, with most of the maintenance and support being taken care of by the service provider and only onsite IT support being rendered by the IT department.
Traditional role of IT
The IT department, as we knew it, was pivotal in maintaining corporate infrastructure, keeping all the systems up to date and also providing first level support to users. Most of these roles are dying down with the change in technology and also how companies use the new age technology. For example, IT is not required to ensure system compatibilities to ensure that work can progress smoothly. Most of the work requires a technological platform which resides on the cloud, which is accessible through any browser. This also means the manpower required to run the underlying IT needs of a company have changed drastically in the past 10 years.
“Does this mean that the IT department would completely stop to exist?
No. It just means that the IT department will reinvent itself to suit the changing needs of today.
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