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?

It’s an emotional debate, with no firm statistics to settle it. For example, figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics do show a 10 year decline in full-time employees in the “information” and “data processing” sectors, but these numbers are not granular enough to answer these questions.