Techies working through umbrella companies in the IT skills market may wish to brush up on their knowledge of the cloud if they want a steady flow of well-paid work in the future. So says the business analysis group Gartner, anyway.

According to Gartner, cloud computing is on the rise across the world and now represents new generation technology. Ominously, the group warns that unless IT departments keep abreast of developments, they are likely to become as defunct as the proverbial dodo. The way forward, Gartner suggests, is for IT departments to start functioning as cloud brokers, working as intermediaries while their companies make the transition to cloud systems.

Last year cloud brokerage gathered momentum as a model and the group believes it is bound to accelerate over the coming five years. It requires IT heads to create purchasing strategies aimed at cloud adoption and to encourage other departments within a company to approach IT experts whenever they require support and advice. Enter the trusty IT contractor with well-honed skills in cloud computing.

There is plenty of work to be done, as it happens. Gartner’s Research Vice President, David Mitchell Smith, believes that transferring current operations to cloud systems is only the first step. Firms will also need to develop special applications suited to the new cloud environment if they want to get the best out of the new environment.

The moral of the story for specialists in IT contracting? You will remain very much in demand if you evolve your skills to keep up with the latest in cloud technology.

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