Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud


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    We hear this a lot and there is a thread about this elsewhere right now. People say all of the time that the cloud took their jobs, but has anyone seen this? I could go on for a long time about why it might appear this way but is not actually happening. But more importantly, does anyone see this in any capacity whatsoever? My guess is basically that it is all made up. Cloud resources require management just like anything else. It's not like cloud changes who the system admin, desktop admin, app manager, DBA and other roles are. The stuff that cloud takes is mostly the very, very new role of virtualization platform admin and some bench work.

    Bench people I could see being affected, but only a little bit there. But IT? Anyone?



  • @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    We hear this a lot and there is a thread about this elsewhere right now. People say all of the time that the cloud took their jobs, but has anyone seen this? I could go on for a long time about why it might appear this way but is not actually happening. But more importantly, does anyone see this in any capacity whatsoever? My guess is basically that it is all made up. Cloud resources require management just like anything else. It's not like cloud changes who the system admin, desktop admin, app manager, DBA and other roles are. The stuff that cloud takes is mostly the very, very new role of virtualization platform admin and some bench work.

    Bench people I could see being affected, but only a little bit there. But IT? Anyone?

    crickets



  • Not yet but I can see a position like mine becoming non-IT and more account management in the future


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    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    Not yet but I can see a position like mine becoming non-IT and more account management in the future

    But not disappearing, just evolving, right? Someone has to manage the cloud resources, someone has to train and help users, etc.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    Not yet but I can see a position like mine becoming non-IT and more account management in the future

    But not disappearing, just evolving, right? Someone has to manage the cloud resources, someone has to train and help users, etc.

    Changing, evolving insinuates improvement 😃


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    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    Not yet but I can see a position like mine becoming non-IT and more account management in the future

    But not disappearing, just evolving, right? Someone has to manage the cloud resources, someone has to train and help users, etc.

    Changing, evolving insinuates improvement 😃

    Not in the biological sense. Evolution is random.



  • One of the guys from Colorado Springs' SpiceCorps (their leader, in fact) lost his job when they clouded everything for their bank.


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    @grey said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    One of the guys from Colorado Springs' SpiceCorps (their leader, in fact) lost his job when they clouded everything for their bank.

    What job did he have before they did that and how did they maintain the new systems without him?



  • @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @grey said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    One of the guys from Colorado Springs' SpiceCorps (their leader, in fact) lost his job when they clouded everything for their bank.

    What job did he have before they did that and how did they maintain the new systems without him?

    He was their sole IT guy, and he was there for at least 3 years. I don't know about after as he fell off my radar when he moved to Arizona (I think) after he was terminated.


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    @grey said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @grey said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    One of the guys from Colorado Springs' SpiceCorps (their leader, in fact) lost his job when they clouded everything for their bank.

    What job did he have before they did that and how did they maintain the new systems without him?

    He was their sole IT guy, and he was there for at least 3 years. I don't know about after as he fell off my radar when he moved to Arizona (I think) after he was terminated.

    So they now have a bank running with no IT? Now that is one scary idea. I don't know if we can call that "losing his job to the cloud" versus "that was the excuse given to fire him." Obviously someone took his job, IT doesn't run itself.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @grey said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @grey said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    One of the guys from Colorado Springs' SpiceCorps (their leader, in fact) lost his job when they clouded everything for their bank.

    What job did he have before they did that and how did they maintain the new systems without him?

    He was their sole IT guy, and he was there for at least 3 years. I don't know about after as he fell off my radar when he moved to Arizona (I think) after he was terminated.

    So they now have a bank running with no IT? Now that is one scary idea. I don't know if we can call that "losing his job to the cloud" versus "that was the excuse given to fire him." Obviously someone took his job, IT doesn't run itself.

    From what I was given to understand, he assisted with moving all of the things to a cloud solution, and then they laid him off with a nice severance.


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    @grey said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @grey said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @grey said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    One of the guys from Colorado Springs' SpiceCorps (their leader, in fact) lost his job when they clouded everything for their bank.

    What job did he have before they did that and how did they maintain the new systems without him?

    He was their sole IT guy, and he was there for at least 3 years. I don't know about after as he fell off my radar when he moved to Arizona (I think) after he was terminated.

    So they now have a bank running with no IT? Now that is one scary idea. I don't know if we can call that "losing his job to the cloud" versus "that was the excuse given to fire him." Obviously someone took his job, IT doesn't run itself.

    From what I was given to understand, he assisted with moving all of the things to a cloud solution, and then they laid him off with a nice severance.

    Right, but if he was the only IT, someone had to replace him. Someone is running the show. There is no possibility of there not being someone in that position. So laid off, sure. Good excuse so that he doesn't feel badly, sure. But there is no way that he was replaced by cloud services. He has to have been replaced by a person.



  • I have heard this fallacy most from what I like to call "server huggers". Usually goes something like, "we just moved everything to xyz cloud and then IT was eliminated". Further digging typically reveals they didn't posses the skill set to manage the new cloud offerings and was replaced by an outsourced operation. Easy to appear that cloud is to blame; just as easy to debunk.


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    @donaldlandru said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    I have heard this fallacy most from what I like to call "server huggers". Usually goes something like, "we just moved everything to xyz cloud and then IT was eliminated". Further digging typically reveals they didn't posses the skill set to manage the new cloud offerings and was replaced by an outsourced operation. Easy to appear that cloud is to blame; just as easy to debunk.

    That's what I see a lot of. Different skill sets needed, the move being used as an excuse to clean house and so forth. Never seen a shop actually reduce head count. Some do, surely, but there is also all of those heads being hired by cloud vendors.



  • If the city chose to move to the cloud with everything it would save them a fortune and my company wouldn't be needed at all. They could hire a single person to manage it all and be done. An actual city employee. I think I'm the only person out of everyone I've ever worked with that would make themselves obsolete for the betterment of the company I was contracted to support.


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    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    If the city chose to move to the cloud with everything it would save them a fortune and my company wouldn't be needed at all. They could hire a single person to manage it all and be done. An actual city employee. I think I'm the only person out of everyone I've ever worked with that would make themselves obsolete for the betterment of the company I was contracted to support.

    Sure, but they could do that now, right? I mean let's be honest, you have techs who aren't very capable and even your manager / boss doesn't really know IT at all and is more in the way than being productive. If the city was making smart decisions and hiring capable companies, they only need one person without anything being cloud. You are comparing how the city operates today with on premises services and when you talk cloud you talk about overhauling the city's management process.

    But ALL of the job losses you are mentioning are from process changes and none from going to the cloud. And you even mention that "everyone" would be eliminated, but then mention that people would need to be hired.

    Going to cloud services doesn't sound like it would change anything. They've not moved from outsourced in insourced, they've not moved from several people to one, they've not done good management practices around IT - that they are or are not using cloud services seems irrelevant to the example case, right?



  • @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    you even mention that "everyone" would be eliminated, but then mention that people would need to be hired.

    Right, because they need someone with the proper skill set to manage all of their newly acquired cloud resources. No one here including myself would have the necessary knowledge to do the job well.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    Going to cloud services doesn't sound like it would change anything. They've not moved from outsourced in insourced, they've not moved from several people to one, they've not done good management practices around IT - that they are or are not using cloud services seems irrelevant to the example case, right?

    Right but the way they handle IT can change with each new mayor elected. All it takes is one yes to get things where they need to be.


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    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    you even mention that "everyone" would be eliminated, but then mention that people would need to be hired.

    Right, because they need someone with the proper skill set to manage all of their newly acquired cloud resources. No one here including myself would have the necessary knowledge to do the job well.

    Same could be said for the on premises systems today, right? You keep talking about how little your company knows and is certainly not prepared to do a good job in the role that they are in. So cloud resources would be no different. You have to apply a different standard to the cloud scenario than to the current one to make a change in resources become obvious. Should they have one person that really knows the tech do it? Certainly. But that's the situation today, going to cloud doesn't change that. Your boss can't do the job needed today, why would it matter if he can't do it tomorrow. What has changed?

    Also, isn't most of the current time spent on local equipment that would not be possible to go to cloud like desktops, switches, cabling, wireless and so forth?


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    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    Going to cloud services doesn't sound like it would change anything. They've not moved from outsourced in insourced, they've not moved from several people to one, they've not done good management practices around IT - that they are or are not using cloud services seems irrelevant to the example case, right?

    Right but the way they handle IT can change with each new mayor elected. All it takes is one yes to get things where they need to be.

    And that's relevant to the conversation how? You appear to be conflating "a new mayor could change IT staffing" with "cloud makes people lose their jobs". In no case are you showing how cloud is a factor, only that people could lose jobs.

    No one is questioning if jobs can be lost in IT. It's whether cloud is the thing that causes it. In your examples, cloud is always a red herring.



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  • @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    Going to cloud services doesn't sound like it would change anything. They've not moved from outsourced in insourced, they've not moved from several people to one, they've not done good management practices around IT - that they are or are not using cloud services seems irrelevant to the example case, right?

    Right but the way they handle IT can change with each new mayor elected. All it takes is one yes to get things where they need to be.

    And that's relevant to the conversation how? You appear to be conflating "a new mayor could change IT staffing" with "cloud makes people lose their jobs". In no case are you showing how cloud is a factor, only that people could lose jobs.

    No one is questioning if jobs can be lost in IT. It's whether cloud is the thing that causes it. In your examples, cloud is always a red herring.

    Cloud would make us unnecessary. I'm just adding in the fact that we are already not worth the money they spend on us. If they adopted Cloud we SHOULD lose our contract when it comes time for renewal. I don't expect the city to know that though.


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    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    Going to cloud services doesn't sound like it would change anything. They've not moved from outsourced in insourced, they've not moved from several people to one, they've not done good management practices around IT - that they are or are not using cloud services seems irrelevant to the example case, right?

    Right but the way they handle IT can change with each new mayor elected. All it takes is one yes to get things where they need to be.

    And that's relevant to the conversation how? You appear to be conflating "a new mayor could change IT staffing" with "cloud makes people lose their jobs". In no case are you showing how cloud is a factor, only that people could lose jobs.

    No one is questioning if jobs can be lost in IT. It's whether cloud is the thing that causes it. In your examples, cloud is always a red herring.

    Cloud would make us unnecessary.

    How? You keep stating how it changes nothing, but then state this. Something doesn't add up. You are either unneeded today or still needed with cloud, right? You haven't shown anything that would change that.


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    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    I'm just adding in the fact that we are already not worth the money they spend on us. If they adopted Cloud we SHOULD lose our contract when it comes time for renewal. I don't expect the city to know that though.

    Right, already not worth the money. Cloud is a red herring. Cloud will not cost anyone their job as it doesn't change the underlying factor that provides the job.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    Going to cloud services doesn't sound like it would change anything. They've not moved from outsourced in insourced, they've not moved from several people to one, they've not done good management practices around IT - that they are or are not using cloud services seems irrelevant to the example case, right?

    Right but the way they handle IT can change with each new mayor elected. All it takes is one yes to get things where they need to be.

    And that's relevant to the conversation how? You appear to be conflating "a new mayor could change IT staffing" with "cloud makes people lose their jobs". In no case are you showing how cloud is a factor, only that people could lose jobs.

    No one is questioning if jobs can be lost in IT. It's whether cloud is the thing that causes it. In your examples, cloud is always a red herring.

    Cloud would make us unnecessary.

    How? You keep stating how it changes nothing, but then state this. Something doesn't add up. You are either unneeded today or still needed with cloud, right? You haven't shown anything that would change that.

    They need someone to do this now. You already know I don't think we are the right company--but we have the contract unfortunately. I'll be gone before it comes up for renewal though.


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    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @wirestyle22 said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who Has Lost Their Job to the Cloud:

    Going to cloud services doesn't sound like it would change anything. They've not moved from outsourced in insourced, they've not moved from several people to one, they've not done good management practices around IT - that they are or are not using cloud services seems irrelevant to the example case, right?

    Right but the way they handle IT can change with each new mayor elected. All it takes is one yes to get things where they need to be.

    And that's relevant to the conversation how? You appear to be conflating "a new mayor could change IT staffing" with "cloud makes people lose their jobs". In no case are you showing how cloud is a factor, only that people could lose jobs.

    No one is questioning if jobs can be lost in IT. It's whether cloud is the thing that causes it. In your examples, cloud is always a red herring.

    Cloud would make us unnecessary.

    How? You keep stating how it changes nothing, but then state this. Something doesn't add up. You are either unneeded today or still needed with cloud, right? You haven't shown anything that would change that.

    They need someone to do this now. You already know I don't think we are the right company--but we have the contract unfortunately. I'll be gone before it comes up for renewal though.

    Exactly, that's my point. Your feeling is that the current situation doesn't work. So going to cloud (or to anything else) that wouldn't work, doesn't change anything. The cloud is a red herring. The issues are all somewhere else.


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