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Autotask Week in IT: How Cloud Computing is Remaking IT Careers

April 29, 2016  

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

ZDNet: How cloud computing and the on-demand economy are remaking IT careers
By Mark Samuels

That role of the IT professional is changing, thanks to new technology and new business models. Rather than simply employing experts in coding and testing, businesses are keen to tap into the skills of business-focused specialists who can manage projects and deliver value. It all means technology professionals must think very carefully about career development, says independent consultant and author Ade McCormack. He believes we are about to enter into the 'gig economy', where most people contract their expertise on a freelance basis.

MSPmentor: MSPs, Circle a Big Target Around SMBs
By Charles Cooper

Is history about to repeat itself? Information technology used to be a source of competitive advantage for large companies. These early movers understood that technology could help them steal a march on their competitors. But that window of opportunity didn’t remain open very long. Small and medium-sized businesses recognized the change, embracing IT as a necessary, even mandatory, key to success.  

TechTarget: Channel business model: Transition time for IT partners
By Esther Shein

The old adage, "All good things must come to an end," is certainly something partner companies can relate to, since many find themselves having to change their channel business model to meet the demands of clients and the rapid pace of technology development. But change can be risky -- and it can be expensive. And it doesn't always pan out for partners. Nearly two out of three IT channel companies have made a significant structural change to their business model in the past 18 months, according to CompTIA.

CIO: 5 years into the ‘cloud-first policy’ CIOs still struggling
By Kenneth Corbin

For half a decade, the federal government has operated under a policy to prioritize cloud computing as agency CIOs embark on new technology initiatives, but in such a vast and varied IT environment, it's not been a quick transition. Five years into the so-called cloud-first policy, federal CIOs say they continue to struggle with procurement and management challenges, while security concerns about the safeguards around sensitive data still linger.

IT Business Edge: Bringing the IoT to the Whole World
By Carl Weinschenk

The broadest vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that of a ubiquitous worldwide fabric. There are problems with that, however: Many of the most valuable aspects of the IoT involve keeping tabs on assets that are very far away. That means that they often will be out of the range of cellular networks and, in some cases, any network at all. The challenge is finding efficient ways to reach them. IT World’s Stephen Lawson does a good job of encapsulating the issue.

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