"From the business side, being able to manipulate large data sets and do analytics, visual analysis and create reports are especially important," say Rao, who ran a one-day cloud computing workshop at the university, which is now planning a full executive-level course on cloud computing for business professionals.
Accenture’s Harris agrees. "From a professional characteristics point of view, IT folks will need to be more closely aligned with the business and place greater emphasis on the intersection of business knowledge and understanding how various services work and how you use those services to better enable the business," he says.
But with a continued focus on day-to-day operations at many companies, "those are rare skills today, to be honest," Harris adds.
Increased exposure to cloud principles is a must. As Rao says, "Many IT professionals out there already have the basic set of skills in place that they’ll need for cloud computing, so it’ll mainly be a question of increasing awareness and getting involved in sample scenarios."