I ran into a friend of mine a couple of months ago on the street. He is a system administrator for another company in town. We exchanged pleasantries, which included how busy both of us were despite the fact that the advent of automation has taken over a lot of simple tasks that I would normally do in a day. Automation enters discussions in many industries. Robots build cars and run processing plants. Computers can check you in for a flight. You can take notes simply by speaking into a microphone. That got me thinking: Sure, I’ve discovered great tools to make a number of tasks easier…but daily work still isn’t all that easy! Why is that? I realized that, although certain systems can be managed through applications and scripting, technology is changing at such a rate that I’m just as busy as ever. The real difference is that I’m trying to move existing systems toward newer tech such as cloud services, instead of simply keeping things running status quo.

The Cloud has Become Mainstream

This truly is a great time to be in IT. There are some great tools out there to make an admin’s day much easier. At the same time, cloud technologies are becoming a great alternative to a server room and a plethora of in-house services. You quickly notice that some of the processes you have worked so hard to streamline are becoming obsolete, or at least antiquated, and must be reinvented to work in the new world. Tech is not slowing down. If anything, IT is accelerating. The Cloud has become mainstream. Organizations can easily move away from the traditional model of having infrastructure in an air-conditioned closet. Now, ‘every day’ services are living in the cloud – a strategy that can work for all companies regardless of size. As in college, we learn new ways of doing things. Once again, I have to put in the work to figure just how automation can make tomorrow a bit easier. The norm is no longer the norm. To some degree, we have to begin again and figure out new ways to make daily tasks easier.

Less about ‘tried and true’ and more about ‘falling behind the curve’

The funny thing is, as recent as 2 or 3 years ago, I can recall conversations with organizations on how integrating with cloud technologies simply did not fit with their business strategy. Decision makers were unsure that moving infrastructure away from their server rooms made sense, whether due to financial, security, or reliability concern (or some combination of the three). I may have disagreed at the time, but at the end of the day I had to maintain the systems they were running, as is. Work was work…and it wasn’t really evolving. Those same decision makers have since reconsidered what moving to the cloud can do for them. TCO and ROI are now factoring into cloud discussions. Look, it’s not all about the cloud. It’s really about doing (and seeing) things in a new light. Doing things the way they’ve always been done is less about ‘tried and true’ and more about ‘falling behind the curve’.

People are thinking outside of the box by actually thinking inside the new box

In 2017, the conversation is about figuring out the best way to move to the cloud quickly and safely, instead of why it just doesn’t make sense. This is huge because it shows how people are thinking outside of the box by actually thinking inside the new box…and that’s actually OK. Stakeholders are starting to see that now is the right time to make the move and, in order to do this, they need skilled resources to help them along the way.

As I’ve already mentioned, it really is a great time to be in IT. At Bulletproof, we have embraced the cloud and are working every day to move client email environments or SharePoint sites to Microsoft Office 365 and client servers and applications to Microsoft Azure. Automation definitely plays a part in this, but we definitely keep our hands in the fire, as well. It looks as if my job is safe from the robots for another day.

 

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