With cloud, a system admin’s job is definitely going to change. But the truth is that that’s a good thing. Learning how to manage the cloud is important today, and it’s going to be essential tomorrow if both you and the business you work for want to stay competitive. The faster you embrace cloud, the more relevant your skillset will stay.
In fact, 93% of companies already have a multi-cloud strategy and 61% are focusing on cloud migration in the coming year, according to one 2020 report. Gaining skills in cloud management and migration is about keeping your skillset relevant—for your current job and any future aspirations.
A move to the cloud also frees up your time. With a vendor like Atlassian taking on updates, security, fixes, and uptime, you can focus on the big picture—be more strategic, creative, and hands-on in business improvements. New focus areas might include:
- Uncovering adoption trends and security gaps
- Researching and recommending new apps/integrations to better support team workflows and improve productivity
- Helping cut costs by managing software ownership and staying ahead of shadow IT practices
- Finding new ways to automate internal workflows and processes to improve team speed and productivity
- Developing strategic relationships with vendors and gaining a deeper understanding of their tools
Ultimately, what these tasks have in common is that they’re proactive instead of reactive, moving your business forward instead of simply holding steady.
As Igloo’s Senior Tools Admin James Seddon explains:
“Since we moved to cloud, our internal IT tickets have been cut by 50%. Instead of dealing with bugs or admin requests, I’m mostly hearing about new apps and features our users want to add, ultimately helping them do their jobs better and provide more value to our customers.”