Consequences of Enterprise Cloud Migration on Institutional Information Technology Knowledge


  • Dr. A. Shaji George Independent Researcher, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India



Cloud migration, Legacy systems, Knowledge drain, IT skills gap, Hybrid infrastructure, Multicloud, Reskilling, Vendor lock-in, Cloud outages, Digital transformation


As enterprise adoption of cloud computing accelerates, driven by desires to reduce costs and improve agility, IT departments face an unintended consequence - the gradual erosion of internal expertise related to on-premises systems. Surveys indicate 80% of companies have migrated major systems to the cloud, projecting 90% adoption by 2025. While touting benefits like reduced capital expenses and faster provisioning, the reality is many organizations are dependent on external cloud vendors for mission-critical services they no longer fully understand. This knowledge drain regarding legacy infrastructure and applications has left IT teams without the specialized skills to optimize performance, strengthen security, or even adequately evaluate vendor offerings. Analysis shows 70% of IT staff lack deep expertise with cloud platforms and modern devOps tools after migration, struggling to adapt. Entire administrative and troubleshooting tasks around server clusters, data centers, and networks have been ceded to third parties. Though some skills remain transferable, few cloud architects grasp intricacies of the organization's aging ERP system or database infrastructure; this increases risk of issues during any hybrid cloud transition. As veteran staffers with operations experience retire, replacement hires versed in application integration and container orchestration hardly fill the gap. This skill deficit leaves institutions vulnerable when the cloud fails, unable to diagnose internal causes or vendor SLA violations. Outages at leading providers like AWS and Azure have caused significant disruption, while misconfigurations account for nearly 80% of breaches; without in-house technical knowledge, resolving these problems relies entirely on outside support. Delays and downtime can cost millions. Facing this complexity gap, IT leaders must make reskilling existing teams a priority, rather than continued layoffs, while mandating documentation of legacy platforms and processes before that expertise permanently dissipates. Though the cloud journey has lifted basic burdens, organizations must take care not to outsource their entire technological competency along the way.




How to Cite

Dr. A. Shaji George. (2024). Consequences of Enterprise Cloud Migration on Institutional Information Technology Knowledge. Partners Universal Innovative Research Publication, 2(2), 38–55.