Tim Cooke wrote:You say "IT employees" but do you really mean the employees who look after the server infrastructure? Just because you don't physically own any server hardware doesn't negate the necessity to manage it. I see it as a change in skill set rather than the elimination of a role.
I have worked in large companies who own their own server hardware but have them located in data centres. From a practical point of view this is not so dissimilar to 'cloud' services. They're both server resources you don't have physical access to. You make some gains in not having to maintain the hardware and manage security updates, and you incur some costs in having to learn and navigate a 3rd party management console application to administer your resources.