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)
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)
A few weeks ago, I wrote my pre-show thoughts about VMworld 2012. Much of it
was focused on the need for VMware to diversify their technology and business
model(s) as customer needs are evolving beyond server virtualization.
Now that the US event is over, I wanted to jot down some thoughts before they
burn away like the San Francisco fog that greeted us each morning.
The audience was more diverse than in years past - While VMworld always draws
a huge group of infrastructure-centric people, this year had a greater
diversity of new groups in attendance, even if only around the fringes... (more)
The most frequent conversation I had this year was with colleagues that asked
for advice on their "career path". How do they stay motivated? How do they
take on new or bigger responsibility? How do they earn more money?
A year ago, I wrote that people looking to advance their career should have
at least one (if not a few) projects that they do for "free". Something
outside their day-to-day work that lets them explore new skills or new ways
to address challenges in a new market. It's not an easy thing to do, as we
all live busy lives, but I continue to believe it's critical for anyo... (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.