Running a business comes with a lot of expenses, and as technology improves the internal infrastructure many companies have used for years becomes more and more outdated.
Greenwich-based Lighthouse Technology Partners helps businesses across the nation move from traditional, physical data storage and backup IT solutions to cloud-based storage as a Microsoft Partner of the Year and one of the leading companies in technical competency. Lighthouse works with organizations of all sizes, from local churches, nonprofits and financial services offices to national companies like Goodwill, transition to and maintain, cloud-based data systems as well as increase end-user productivity.
Despite substantial steps forward and continuing growth in the use of cloud-based storage over the past several years, Desrosier said many businesses still have all of their data, permissions and security located in a physical premise, which creates redundancy between servers as data is backed up locally as well as in another physical location in case of a disaster where data recovery is needed.
As a result, the physical nature of data storage has historically required in-house IT professionals to, in Desrosier’s words, “keep the lights on.”
“The old on-premise infrastructure required more maintenance,” Desrosier said. “Companies are used to paying double because it wasn’t until recently a company could create a virtual copy instead of a physical copy (of its data). There’s a real leap in technology that a lot of companies haven’t realized, and any company that hasn’t investigated other options in the past year could be saving tons. But the concern is that when you don’t need that physical maintenance anymore, it will put a lot of IT professionals out of work...They’re afraid if it changes those jobs will go away, but the truth is (the job) doesn’t go away, it just changes.”
It is estimated by ITWorld that the number of jobs within IT will decrease over the next two decades due to the move to cloud storage, a transition which 82 percent of businesses have at least partially made already, according to the 2015 State of the Cloud Report from RightScale. However, while cloud adoption is growing quickly, 68 percent of enterprises run less than 20 percent of their workloads in the cloud, according to the report.
ITWorld predicts there will be a need for more business analysts in IT because user requirements must still be collected, cloud-based vendors still need to be chosen and applications must be integrated into business processes. ITWorld estimates project management and data integration jobs will increase.
“It used to be that an IT guy would come into work and go through everything to make sure it was functioning properly and by the time they finished all of that there was no time to look into new technology solutions for the company,” Desrosier said. “Our vision for IT professionals is not that they are IT maintenance men.”
Article originally published in Greenwich Time, Business Section, November 30, 2015.