I’ve been working closely with a large telco to deploy SmartDataCenter from Joyent and it hasn’t been much different from other journeys to evolve development, operations and IT in general. What I notice most is the agents of change versus the agents of same.
There’s a constant fixation on the things an individual feels they control in their environment. If I’m the network admin, I control everything around network connectivity, security and operations. If I’m the storage admin, I control everything around information storage space the organization can consume. When elements of change come into a person’s world there tends to be an immediate dismissal of the force of change.
Here’s the thing. I’ve noticed that there are a handful of people who want to be agents of change and a handful of those who don’t. The agents of change aren’t asking you to throw away all you know and give up the responsibility you’ve always had. They’re asking you to be a part of a movement.
Why do I waste my breath on this? Because people still need periodic reminders that we’re in one of the most exciting times in technology. It’s important because being an “Agent of Same” has the potential to screw not only your organization over but your brothers and sisters in technology as well.