blog If you’re nervous about the impact that the deployment of cloud computing infrastructure could have on the need your organisation has for dedicated IT staff, you probably don’t want to read this chilling article by iTNews (click here for the full yarn), which details some rather mercenary comments by Victoria University on its own plans in the area:
“Victoria University expects to shed more than half of its internal IT staff over the next three years as part of continued moves toward a hybrid cloud platform.”
It would be tempting to think that this was an isolated move introduced by a mercenary chief information officer from the consulting industry brought in specifically for the task of cost-cutting, but the resume of the uni’s Executive Director, Technology and Knowledge Strategy Phil County, who has been executing the changes, paint a different picture: County is actually a long-time uni IT manager; an insider.
It will be fascinating to see whether this kind of behaviour spreads throughout the rest of Australia’s educational sector and even into the public and private sectors. One suspects that many of the nation’s chief financial officers would be more than happy with drastically reduced IT departments which have had much of their operations outsourced “to the cloud”. And, of course, it would be a sharp reminder to those who work in IT infrastructure to continue up-skilling; lest you quickly find yourself out of a job.