Searching for the Big Win

by  \  13 Jul, 2011 \  5:52pm EDT

Why?

It’s a simple question, but it’s one we don’t ask very often. In the IT business, we spend a lot of time talking about what we do and how we do it, but rarely do we step back and really think about why we do the things we do. We worry about all manner of niggly little infrastructure problems:

  • How can we automate VLAN provisioning?
  • What is the best way to allocate storage?
  • What is the solution to VM sprawl?

And so on.

The list is long and detailed. The problems are real. But at the end of the day, do they matter? Are we moving the needle on business metrics that our employers really care about? If not, how can we use the cloud to do that?

At Cloud Expo New York, I asked these questions in a short keynote. “Why?” is a risky question to ask. In New York, I wondered whether the audience would reject the question outright? Would they get up and walk out? Would they shout me down in disagreement?

Fortunately, they agreed wholeheartedly. After my presentation, people were lined up at the back of the room, waiting to exchange business cards and continue the conversation. Many said things like, “Can I get a copy of the presentation? I really want to share it with my colleagues.”

Fortunately, the folks at Cloud Expo recorded it. You can view everything online, right here. Enjoy!

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