In this Video Capsule, ESG's Mark Peters reflects on how change has become a core part of - and a core competency for - our industry.
Mark Peters: There's so much continually new in our industry -- products, application, consumption models -- that it's easy to think brand new things represent the only changes. But there are other sometimes less obvious or sexy but nonetheless crucial changes that occur all the time. This short commentary coalesce from some prior thoughts while watching a user present at a recent event. The user was using a technology -- Flash -- in a very different way from the norm. It changed perspectives.
Some other examples -- indeed, let's take Flash. It's arrived as a turbo-charging savior of I/O performance, although at a price. But it's increasingly seen as less about performance per se and more as economically advantaged general purpose storage.
Or the cloud, it's arrived as the uber-flexible, cheap route to IT nirvana, although with potential security risks. And now it's less consistently seen as inexpensive but increasingly as a fixed component of hybrid IT and actually used for its security.
There's one other major but underappreciated change to watch -- the demographics of IT organizations. Younger people, and indeed, younger organizations, are far more likely to adopt what's new and different quicker. They grow up with email and apps and no great inherent respect for the way things are. "Let's download it and give it a whirl," was not heard 20 years ago, and how apt the name, changed control meetings.
While IT was once revered simply for being and for guarding the status quo, today, it gains kudos for driving change and seeking improvement, whether or not it aligns with how we did it, or what everyone else does. Change is a core part of -- and a core competency for -- our industry.