Is cloud computing the single greatest threat to your IT career? If the thought has crossed your mind, you’re not alone. Some in IT fear the cloud; others worry that it could be a threat to data security. But more and more organizations are realizing that it’s the smart way to go.

And that means there’s a good chance you’ll soon be faced with the next step in your IT strategy: Taking your service-as-a-software solution to the cloud.

Does that mean it’s time to rethink your career?

There are many misconceptions surrounding the cloud. But often they have more to do with concerns over job security than anything else. We often hear the same questions from IT managers: What will my department do once my company decides to take its email architecture and services to the cloud? If my organization hosts its SharePoint site with a provider like SherWeb, will my team become obsolete?

Not one iota. IT departments will now be able to benefit employers more than ever with all the new projects they’ll be able to spearhead. A cloud provider will simplify your email and backup solution, and make the updates you already didn’t have time to make on Exchange servers. A cloud provider will not only free up some of your time, but enhance user experience, too.

Cloud computing is not your enemy. It doesn’t aim to replace IT staff. It is simply yet another innovation in the constantly evolving IT world. And as this world changes, so are the tasks IT teams are expected to do.

The good news is that cloud computing simply replaces many of the tasks you’d rather not do, anyway, like manual work on hardware and installations—freeing you to focus more on integration, capacity planning, technical architecture and services management. As a result, you’ll have an opportunity to learn new skills and help your organization in new ways. The challenges will still be there; they’ll just be different, that’s all.

3 Areas Where Hosted Services Cannot Replace You

1. Training users – Now you can properly train users (something you probably didn’t have time to do when you had Exchange servers to manage on a daily basis).

2. Managing cloud services – You probably already deal with your ISP. You will have the same type of interactions with your cloud services provider. You will also have to manage these different services for your users, while the provider takes care of the hardware.

3. Managing your network – You’ll have to ensure that your network integrates seamlessly with your cloud services, and that it is up-and-running optimally at all times—no small task.

Cloud-based software merely represents a shift in the tasks companies require their IT staff to do. You’ll be moving away from hands-on work and hardware setup and maintenance, and towards better managing the services your company needs to operate more effectively.

Still not convinced? Just ask the oldest member on your team what changes he (or she) has seen in the last 20 years or so as an IT admin.

Rather than seeing the cloud as the enemy, embrace it as an opportunity to learn new skills, all while benefiting your organization with a cost-saving technology. Your manager will be happy to learn about cloud computing and its associated savings by the guy he trusts with his IT. Will you be that guy?

Written by JP Mercier Employee @ SherWeb

JP is SherWeb’s community manager. He has been working for IT companies since 2010, in both the software and cloud computing industry. JP has a degree in communication and specializes in online marketing. As a good Canadian, he is (overly) polite and loves hockey.