Meijer has become the latest company to lay off information technology (IT) staff as those functions are farmed out to a third-party technology vendor with expertise in cloud computing.

Fortunately, many of Meijer’s workers were rehired by the technology vendor and continue to work inside Meijer’s headquarters as contractors, according to reports in the Michigan area where the supercenter chain is based. Some positions are being eliminated.

“We are making changes to our ITS structure that will enable us to provide even more solutions in both the digital and physical space for Meijer customers,” said Terry Ledbetter, Meijer’s CIO, in a statement.

Many traditional outsourcing providers now offer strong cloud platforms or SaaS (software as a service).

The 2017 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey found “very positive feedback” around cloud computing. Larger organizations cited the benefits of cost savings and improved responsiveness…