A few random thoughts for a very humid day (in downtown Toronto at least)…..
The Blogosphere contest: I have been in the Blogging Idol contest since the beginning, and have enjoyed it every year. There were fewer active contestents this year, but the discussions were really interesting. Each year is different - some years were more about pictures and getting on google, but less so this year. Which is more like it was the first year – what goes around…..
It makes you wonder what blogging is for, and why so many people do it.
The IT industry: I think most would agree we are entering a new era in IT. One where applications are supplied as a utility and systems are a blend of corporate and social systems. Perhaps its the supply of application processing and storage that is the emerging utility computing, not the network. To me, this has some similarities to mainframe timesharing in the 60s/70s, although at a whole different scale. Cloud Computing is definitely a paradigm shift, but its not the first one! What goes around comes around…..
IT careers: I think that in the baby boomer era there are some careers that have a similarity to the hype cycle – a beginning, a ramp up of expectations, a period of disillusionment, and a maturity stage. For some, including myself, the maturity stage is one of uncertainty and a desire to contribute without necessarily the right time and plac being available. I also think that the tough economic times will disrupt a lot of people’s career plans, at least for a while. Maybe what goes around will come around for careers too!
IT Technology: Here I think there are certainly waves, although I am not sure we end up coming around to where we were. It seems that RIM will be unlikely to re-gain their former glory. People in the PC business are changing rapidly as tablets gain traction. Those who started that business aren’t in it any longer! But there’s lots of change in the underlying technology of IT……and no doubt we’ll see new opportunities with “systems of engagement” just as we did with minicomputers, PCs, the Web and so on. What goes around sort of comes around!
Let’s find the next topic for Blogoshpere…..and keep posting!