Gartner: Why the cloud may require you to learn multiple words for snow

InsightaaS: The Gartner Blog Network collects posts from across Gartner’s research community. In this post, research director Gregor Petri looks at how use of cloud will require IT professionals to develop “a more holistic and less silood view of the whole stack than they had in the past.”


Cloud is at the center of a convergence trend that is impacting people across all of ICT. This convergence is breaking down the walls that separated the traditional silo’s of IT, networking, storage and security. But with this breaking down of the walls we also need to better understand the subtleties of each others domains in more details.

A famous urban legend is that eskimo’s have many words for snow, as it makes sense to — if you spend your whole day in snow — to distinguish the subtle and not so subtle differences.

Similar in IT, where others simply refer to IT as IT , the people living in IT tend to distiguish between operations, development, support (helpdesk), testing, portfolio management, information and master data management, etc. etc…

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