Because I work for a technology company, I frequently get asked to present on "the future of the data center". I think the expectation would that I show up and start talking about shiny new technologies.
While I can certainly do that, I often decide instead to hold up a large mirror to the audience, and instead present on how the nature of enterprise IT is fundamentally changing: new mission, new measurements, new roles and new models.
Collectively dubbed ITaaS (IT as a service), the idea is for IT to deliver IT services that business people prefer to consume vs. acting as a traditional silo'd technology shop.
From my perspective, the technology is moving very quickly indeed: far faster than the ability of most IT organizations to effectively consume it, providing yet another motivation for model change.
I get to see it both ways. On one side, I'm reasonably immersed in various technologies these days. On the other side, I can point to literally hundreds of customer and partner interactions over the last year or so.
And, for some, the gap is getting wider.
It's now gotten to the point where I have three distinct flavors of various talk tracks, depending where I think a customer might be: pre-transformational, transforming, or post-transformational. Why? EMC, as an IT vendor, has clearly started to put more investment into the needs of the post-transformational crowd, causing a certain cognitive dissonance with pre-transformational IT audiences, e.g. why the heck would you guys build something like that?
The more you work with a topic like ITaaS, the better you get at simplifying the core ideas down to their essences. I and EMC have been discussing IT transformation now for several years, and -- predictably -- we keep getting better and better at getting to the core essence.
Today's example of extreme simplification comes from EMC's Global Services organization. They've come up with three powerful graphics that boil a very complex topic down into into three largely sequential initiatives. They're so useful, they're now part of my standard deck I use on the topic.
See if you agree ...