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No the Cloud will not end the IT Department, it will just shift the emphasis to supporting mobile platforms such as smart phones and tablets, in the same way that the PCs shifted emphasis from the mainframe. And the reason the cloud becomes important is that it takes care of the different platforms the apps have to display on (iPhone, versus WinPhone, versus Google, etc.) and the wifi/transmission issues. IT then becomes the middle man between the usual suspects of Marketing folks, Finance folks, etc. and end users. Otherwise it is too inefficient. Again, very similar to the mainframe. Big difference is the ability of CIOs to realize this is going on and move to embracing mobile. May be time for some guys to retire.