Every Generation Needs a New Revolution

Congratulations to anyone that spotted the above to be a quote from the third President of the USA, Thomas Jefferson, and although he may have said it in 1803 the relevance remains today.

I’m no longer sure which generation I belong to, I come from an age when disk drives could be measured in Megabytes, nowadays we don’t talk in Gigabytes and some of us don’t even talk inTerbytes any more. We know data is exploding and we know technology develops to cope with this; however that’s evolution not revolution.

I believe we are at the cusp of the next revolution in technology. To be the next big thing has to fundamentally change how we do things. It has to change how we look and think about our world; it has to be revolutionary.

It used to be that we got excited by individual pieces of technology; maybe our first laptop, maybe our first 1Tb drive, maybe our first smartphone which you just love to hold, and be seen with.

But whilst these may be considered revolutionary, they remain point solutions – they are single dimensional.

We’re moving into a multi-dimensional world of IT.  We’re moving from single dimensional solutions to Multi-dimensional solutions

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  • Where everything has an impact on everything else
  • Where every piece of technology has to interact with everything else

That’s just in business, what about the personal world, where your smart phone has to interact with your car, which has to interact with your microwave, which has to interact with your television, so when you get home everything is in its place. How do you choose? And more importantly how do you control it all?

The problem with multi-dimensional solutions is that there so many choices to be made. We are seeing the start of this wave now in the ‘Software Defined’ world, where it gets harder to identify components of a solution, but really why should we care anyway?

So what do we do in this multi-dimensional, software-defined world of IT?

  • Should you ignore everyone and continue as you are, after all it works doesn’t it?
  • Maybe putting everything in the cloud and consuming as a service is the answer
  • Why not adopt all the new methods, be seen to be progressive but continue to do everything the same old way?
  • What if you adopt every new solution out there, change all your processes to get all that benefit you’ve been promised? How much disruption would that cause? & what if it doesn’t deliver?

It is a minefield out there, and as with all minefields it’s always good to have someone with experience to guide you through it. This is where Computacenter come in.

Every generation has an obligation to renew, reinvent, re-establish, re-create structures and redefine its realities for itself. Get ready for the next generation.

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About Bill McGloin

Bill is Computacenter's Chief Technologist for Information

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