No, I didn’t append the word “stupid” to the title of this blog post.
I do admit I had a moment of temptation, but then realized that I don’t like demeaning titles, and assume the same for most of you as well.
The natural temptation is to put whatever’s being discussed on the operating table, and surgically dismembering a big concept into constituent technologies, which are then individually criticized. Frequently, the forest is lost in a critique about individual components of the trees.
Can I attempt a big picture?
IT consumption continues to balloon exponentially with no end in sight. Between commodity hardware and open source, the traditional ingredients are predictably getting cheaper and cheaper — but not outracing demand, it seems.
Which leaves us with a renewed and intense focus on operational efficiency: primarily the effort required to get something done. While new shiny technologies are always interesting, the new lens should be “how does this new thing enable a new operational model?”
Because how we do things is becoming much more important than what we use to do them.