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Are you ready for the transition from Hardware-Centric to Software-Centric?

Forceworks Are you ready for the transition from Hardware-Centric to Software-Centric?

Do you ever talk to an “Old” IT person? You know, like 40ish. Man, do they have some stories about how IT used to be back in the day. Things sure have changed a lot. You probably think to yourself “Man, they have no idea how things are now”. How about a “Middle-Aged” IT person? You know like 30ish. They have stories too, and things have changed a lot since then as well. You may be thinking “That guy is really losing touch”.

It seems to come in waves… change that is. Well another wave is crashing the beach, and if you are not paying attention, you too could soon be “that guy” who has lost touch, maybe you feel you are already slipping.

If you are not on the side that knows that “Cloud is Inevitable”, you are on the wrong side… or living in denial. Don’t believe me? Click the link below, to see credible information I found in about 10 minutes of searching:

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Here’s the problem for most IT leaders today: Their focus, knowledge, training, certifications and experience is almost all “Hardware Centric”. But the entire world is moving to the cloud, where hardware is almost irrelevant. The future, and for many it is already here, is Software Centric. SaaS solutions will replace on-premise solutions, you know it, I know it and everybody referenced above knows it. So the time is now to start becoming an expert in managing an external IT environment.

IT has long had the luxury of mystery. Nobody really knows what the hell they do, but it is assumed to be very necessary, and rightfully so. Holed up in a cubicle in the back surrounded by boxes and drives amid a frenetic pace of activity doing what? Nobody really knows. What they do know is if they call you about a broken mouse, it gets replaced…”ding-ding”. If their PC won’t boot you will come get it and bring it back a while later working…”ding-ding”. If they ask you how to create a report in their SaaS HR application … “errrrt”.

Now, we both know you do a lot more that replace mice and reboot laptops. You also manage that whole room full of servers! But what will you do when they are gone? It’s gonna happen. Sure, mice will still need to be replaced, but other than that, you are going to need some new skills, needed skills, every bit as critical to an organization as your current skills were. In the future your “Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)” or “Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)” certificate will be far less valuable than say a “Microsoft Office 365″ or a “Salesforce Certified Administrator” certificate.

It is not too early to start preparing yourself to not end up as “That guy”.

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