Cloud computing could be one of the biggest changes to hit the IT industry. Service providers are building cloud computing platforms and end users are currently implementing cloud computing strategies or piloting them. Few are ignoring it completely.
According to sourcing consultancy TPI 78% of its clients have had internal discussions about cloud computing.
This will mean a lot of IT functions transferring to suppliers.
But IT workers are unlikely to smash up datacenters in protest. Unlike the Luddites of the nineteenth Century who protested over new machinery that made textile work less laborious and meant job cuts.
But according to research carried out by CWJobs IT professionals don't appear to be worried about it as a threat to their careers.
On the contrary 75% of them are ready to learn new skills.
What will happen is that more and more IT professionals will switch to suppliers. The very nature of cloud computing lends itself to being supported by suppliers. And it is the suppliers that are investing in building cloud computing platforms and it will be the suppliers that can benefit from economies of scale through multiple customers.
Moving to a supplier need not be the end of the world for an IT professional, I mean look at Capgemini's Bob Scott for example.
But businesses will need to keep people in-house to manage the cloud and work on future strategies.
Cloud computing could be revolutionary if organisations such as the UK public sector adopt it in full. This in turn will create opportunties for IT support, maintenance and innovation professionals.