In just over a decade, the concept of cloud computing has gone from theory to practice for the majority of enterprise workloads. The sophistication and features of today’s cloud platforms might have seemed like Science Fiction in the previous decade, we still are a long way from solving the greater challenges of adopting cloud technology in our day-to-day operations. As the cloud management industry starts to show its first oily pimples of adolescence, one of the biggest and continuous challenges of running any company remains: Hiring qualified staff. As more companies move to hybrid and public cloud solutions, managers are struggling to find qualified experts who can competently handle placing complex workloads in the cloud. This concern has even displaced Security as the highest concern among cloud service providers according to RightScale’s 2016 “State of the Cloud” Report.

Recruiting in IT has always been a game of moving targets and shifting priorities. As technologies mature and evolve, different disciplines become more or less valuable in terms of building and maintaining cloud infrastructure. While companies strive to hire experienced professionals, a Dice Hiring Survey from December 2015 shows that hiring managers have been hiring entry-level employees on an ever-increasing basis. With other reports showing that cloud computing is one of the main drivers of growth in the IT industry, that number is likely to get a lot higher.

So how do you maintain your senior staff while making the most use of less-experienced junior team members? The answer is: Automation. Junior staff can do more day-to-day functions of what Senior IT staff used to do because the management tools are getting better every year. Using these automation tools means more experienced staff can invest time into more strategic functions that will drive greater profits in the long-term.

The benefits of using a cloud management platform with automation are not just limited to the bottom line. Senior IT team members don’t want to be doing basic repetitive tasks, they want to contribute to the success of their company at a strategic level. Your experienced IT staff should spend their time evaluating new technologies and business models that are emerging every day. They should be integrating systems, workflows and business intelligence that will make your business more agile and competitive. Keeping them out of the weeds doing mundane management tasks increases their chance of seeing the next big opportunity on the horizon.

In today’s highly competitive cloud IT landscape, making your organization more efficient is much preferred to hiring every available engineer you can find. Using a cloud management platform like AirSembly will give your junior staff the ability to manage things as well as any senior team member, which frees up these experience individuals to find you new and interesting ways of leveraging cloud computing technology to drive your business and grow profits.

It’s just like the old business adage: Work smarter, not harder. Find the people in your business that really contribute and make their lives easier. As any successful technology company in 2017 will testify, happy IT staff means happy profit margin. Automated provisioning is just one of the many ways in which AirSembly can help you achieve that goal.

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