As I was watching this thread develop, with various comments from people that
live and breathe IT, one thing kept coming to mind. IT people often try and
justify new technology with technology reasoning. It's analogous to answering
a question with another question.
Far too often, because IT has almost always been looked at as a cost-center
and measured for ROI based on cost-reduction or productivity improvements,
technologist feel the need to drive the justification for a new project based
How will it be cheaper than the last project? How will it reduce spending for
the business in some way? How can this eliminate something that isn't as
effective as this new technology?
The right answer is DevOps.
Huh? Why would I use a technology term, "DevOps", as the answer to the
question when I just got done saying we shouldn't use technology to explain
technology? Be... (more)
It's that time again - VMworld. For the 2011 event in the US, I wrote some
before and after thoughts on the state of technology, new trends and the
Given the actions that VMware has taken recently (new CEO, Software Defined
Data Center vision, Nicira acquisition , DynamicOps acquisition, Cetas
acquisition, CloudFoundry + OpenStack), I'm going to go out on a limb and
say that VMworld 2012 will be one of the most highly watched events that IT
has seen for a long time (all Apple announcements not withstanding). It's not
a reach to say that every aspect of VMware will be ques... (more)
Maybe the economy has you down. Maybe you're worried about what your career
path looks like. Have no fear, these will keep somebody busy for many years
to come.Windows 8 "Where is that function?" person - This will be a
common occurrence in offices and homes around the world.OpenStack PoC and
interop person - Your business thinks OpenStack will be great for them, but
which version should they use (Redhat, Rackspace, HP, Piston Cloud, Nebula,
Community, etc.) and will they be compatible? Even the leading analysts can't
keep track of it.Android "why don't I have that feature?" pers... (more)
At VMworld this year, both in San Francisco and Barcelona, VMware CEO Pat
Gelsinger introduced the concept of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC).
This builds on the concept that as more and more of the Data Center becomes
virtualized (servers, desktops), delivering greater cost-savings and agility
to customers, software-defined automation and functionality (network,
security, storage, backup) become the next logical steps to help IT deliver
greater value to the business.
As with any new technology or vision, there are often many questions about
how this will impact the marke... (more)
Last summer, I was having lunch with my friend Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) and we
were discussing some ideas about how to better engage the Cloud Computing
technology communities. As a whole, there is quite a bit of change happening
in this space (technology, market dynamics, business models) and it can be
difficult for people to keep up with all that's going on. I don't recall all
the details of that lunch, but the central idea was that it would be
interesting if we could capture the passion and insight that happens when
technologists get together around a whiteboard and talk shop.