Last month, my colleagues and I attended 2 very important industry shows: DevWeek and RSA in San Francisco. Both conferences were amazing! The people were passionate, and the technologies we encountered were in some cases jaw-dropping and incredibly innovative. But I couldn't help but feel there is a whopping great elephant in the room that everyone is idly walking around.
But - there is always a 'but' - I couldn't get over the elephant in the room full of gadgets and giveaways; I couldn't get over the fact that the sheer volume of technology that is being thrown at IT, security and DevOps, albeit with the best of intentions, is realistically impossible to get a handle on. I couldn't help that feel that if I hadn't made my transition from the engineering side to the sales side, a tour of the show and its myriad of ingenuity would have been a really scary experience for me. "More technology?!" I could hear my former software engineer self crying out, "How am i suppose dot handle more technologies if I am living in constant anxiety because of all we currently handle?"
Although, at the onset, we were developing these technologies so that the industry's work would be more efficient and basically easier, we are now making technologies to help us manage the technologies that so many technological professionals are literally drowning in. With every new piece of technology, you need someone to own it, implement it, and manage to make it work with all of your different systems. It’s a tough task that creates a lot of small jobs you didn't expect to do. Even small maintenance can be cumbersome if you have to do it for 100 different services.
The elephant in the room for me was that technology is moving faster than we are able to. We've reached a point in which we asses a technology's viability in light of the resources/ manpower we can make available to manage it. The choice is often between the value we can squeeze out of the technology and the impact that not having it will have on our business.
The answer? Smarter tech not more tech. Right now, what we need more than anything is to have machines control our machines, and us managing the tech from a macro level. Machines that can keep up with the speed and stamina of the technology that we are using. Machines that can translate machine processes and languages into something we can understand and manage from high above. Hmmm.... I wonder where I can get one of these?
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