I just finished giving a keynote talk at the Windows Connection conference here in Las Vegas (I’m writing this while waiting to board my plane back home). My topic is one that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about – how datacenters going to change and what that means to IT Pros. I’m passionate about the success of IT Pros and want to give them the tools they need to succeed. In this case, the tool that they need to succeed is perspective. The Readers Digest of my talk is:
- Datacenters are changing dramatically (largely due to virtualization and the cloud).
- Some will prosper.
- Others will not.
- Plan accordingly.
A good chunk of this talk deals with the topic of Clouds:
- What are they?
- Are they real?
- Will they just go away if we ignore them?
- Do they mean the death of IT and local datacenters?
I didn’t know the answers to these questions a year ago when I started asking them but I’ve chewed on this a lot and come to some conclusions that I thought I would share. I’ve read a lot about clouds from the pundits but honestly I haven’t gotten much out of most of that. The one big exception to that is The Economics of the Cloud by Rolf Harms and Michael Yamartino which I consider a must-skim/must-read. In general what you hear is a lot of absolutist ax-grinding from people with an agenda. Let me clear, I have an agenda as well. The difference is that my agenda is the success of IT Pros – that is what I care about. Clearly I’m busting my butt trying to deliver the set of tools I think you need in order to succeed but I’ve always been super clear on this point: use my technology/don’t use my technology, all I care about is that you are doing what you need to do in order to succeed.
The short summary of my conclusions is that I’m very optimistic about IT pros as long as they understand the challenge and engage in the steps necessary to prosper. But let’s be clear – change is required. I’m less optimistic about people that are not interested or willing to invest in their careers and are unwilling to learn new skills.
I’d love to hear what you think of my analysis and conclusions.