Managed Hosting and the Shift in IT

The rise of managed hosting and the cloud have sparked much speculation among IT professionals. Do these help or hurt IT job prospects? Are IT departments in danger of being shut down? How can IT cope with these new trends?

Everyone can agree that IT is going through a shakeup due to the recession, the cloud, and outsourcing. How can a CIO deal with these changes?

Rackspace CTO, John Engates, proposes three steps:

1) First, acknowledge the need for change.

Next, answer these two provocative questions posed by The Standish Group.

2) “Are you working on the right things?”, and

3) Are you doing them in the right way?

Managed hosting and the cloud are shifting IT jobs from routine maintenance to a strategic focus on delivering value to the business. Despite some dire predictions, executives realize that IT is a vital element of any successful business. The real question is not how to downsize IT, but how to improve IT strategy, performance, and ROI. Managed hosting and the cloud can help CIOs do more with less and contribute to the strategic success of the enterprise.

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Before leaving in 2016, Angela ran integrated marketing campaigns for Rackspace. She started in 2003 and did everything from Linux support, account management, sales, product marketing and marketing. She left Rackspace in 2005 to work for PEER 1 Hosting but returned in 2009 because she was interested in the cloud computing movement. Angela is a strong believer in the power of storytelling.


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