Why We Expect More From Technology Providers? We Don’t Have a Choice

Why We Expect More From Technology Providers? We Don’t Have a Choice

Thomas Edison and the Phonograph at the White House


Why We Expect More From Technology Providers? We Don’t Have a Choice: Network Architects, engineers and operators is often where the buck stops in the infrastructure world. Our jobs implicitly depend on robust and reliable networks while trying to absorb exponential growth, coupled with flat or even shrinking budgets. We are real world people in Healthcare, Banking, Finance, Government and every other large enterprise whose revenue and even life and death SLAs. We have zero tolerance for anything other than 100% in every metric across the board while growing efficiency in the process.

As unreasonable and unrealistic as it is, those are the pressures consumers are going up against daily. These concepts being proposed are not just R&E researchers doing experiments in lab environments as often suggested but those of us who bend often times, overly complex immutable into something resembling a functional framework. This is why we expect more from technology and solutions providers in the technology industry, we don’t have a choice.

“An organization’s ability to learn and translate that learning into action rapidly is the ultimate competitive advantage.” – Jack Welch

We desperately need new ways to deliver the foundation of computing that is today’s and tomorrows networks.  Conceptually these are often thinking in terms of 2-3 years and further rather than 6 months or the next trouble ticket or outage window. Everyone in IT today is facing an onslaught of disruption from business models being born and buried at the flip of a switch. Something as seemingly harmless as an API (Application Programming Interface) being closed or altered, can be the obituary for a company.  Consumers and companies alike, will continue to feel this pressure from exponential growth and shrinking technology life cycles from emerging disruptions.

We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction. – Bill Gates

I say all of this as one that is not a risk taker, I love science because it is measurable and predictable. In computer science the human element is the answer and ironically, the ultimate failure. the infant that is just now taking its first breath will evolve more rapidly than anything in known human history, I for one will try and evolve with it. I am ending this with the following quote Charles Kettering. It is not for vendors, consumers, c-levels or anyone specifically but for all of us that think technology will wait on us to cash out, retire or die.

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong. -Charles Kettering

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Brent SalisburyI have over 15 years of experience wearing various hats from, network engineer, architect, devops and software engineer. I currently have the pleasure of working at the company that develops my favorite software I have ever used, Docker. My comments here are my personal thoughts and opinions. More at Brent's BioView all posts by Brent Salisbury →