This IDC study, designed for senior IT executives implementing cloud-based initiatives, offers a conceptual view into the interdependencies of cloud computing and two other 3rd Platform technologies: big data and social media. This study also provides insights on the ramifications of cloud computing initiatives on IT organizational design and staff development. It discusses the transformations that are needed within an IT organization in regard to the work performed, the required skill sets, and the increase in IT-user interactions. In conclusion, it provides talent management-related insights and recommendations that enable IT organizations to successfully move forward with cloud-based initiatives.
"3rd Platform technologies -- big data, social media, mobility, and cloud computing -- are all intertwined in a weave of mutual need and interdependence," says Eric Bloom, adjunct research advisor with IDC's Research Network. "To properly formulate the IT organizational design and staffing requirements of a company, an industry, or a government agency, you must first understand the technological landscape in which it resides."