Miha Kralj, of Microsoft had one warning for delegates at the close of Microsoft's Tech.Ed 2010 conference "the cloud will change society and resistance is futile". Speaking with ZDNet at Tech.Ed on Gold Coast, Kralj said IT departments that resisted the trend towards cloud computing risked being replaced. "People need to accept that in IT as an industry, we're going to face a dramatic major shift," he said. "IT used to be a cost centre for some things that every business knows they need, now it's very interesting because IT tried to control those things but these're already starting to go to cloud computing."
"There'll be a time when business says to IT department 'we run business out there, we run our billing out there, we're running CRM out there, whatre you providing to us? Networking? We can outsource that'," he said. "It's not that I'm predicting doom, just don't tell me cloud computing is bad, because if your job can be automated then it'll be automated."