Hide IT under a bushel, NO! I’m gonna let IT shine.

Technical Industry Growth Infographic Showing new jobs in Network Architecture and IT Services
Infographic taken from Westwood College’s Blog.

When was in sunday school as a young boy there was a song we used to sing about Christian Evangelism and it went like this, “Hide it under a bushel, NO! I’m gonna let it shine!” and it was about sharing the gospel message of Jesus (the good news of eternal salvation through the grace of God’s son’s sacrifice). I felt like the cloud at one point was a saving grace that many IT managers didn’t accept when they heard the gospel from the technical evangelist. Have consumer protectionists colluded and boycotted IT? No waaay, it woulda been in consumer reports.. Is that why cost reduction is such a focus? Because IT was/is generally profitable right?

Making IT last first was never about making sure that IT could survive when people pretended that it wasn’t returning $1.9 to every $1 spent (generally).

STOP BUILDING THE THING YOU SAY WON’T WORK AND GET REAL.

or

START ADMITTING THAT IT WORKS WHEN IT STARTS WORKING.

AND

STICK WITH IT.

DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.

THEN TEST THAT, PRIOR TO MAKING A GUARANTEE, They can pay as they go for a guarantee.

MAKE IT LAST FIRST

Making IT last first was more than just a way of getting IT managers to think about DevOps and paying off technical debt in advance through investment in process, it’s also a clever way of saying, we know about the secret IT farms you’re trying to grow because we grew the original ones back when IT (or just technical staff in general) was so disunified that it couldn’t be called a single thing. So making IT last first is a clever way of saying that if they want to get out there and grow a secret IT farm (as if it’s some illegal growing operation and they don’t even know how to work the lights or electricity). We know the game because before there were computers there were typewriters or before there was IT there were webmasters, R&D, engineers, etc.

So I don’t care too much, in terms of what it takes to write this blog article, what those who quickly say they “aren’t doing IT” think their domain is.

I decided to register minimum-viability.com, and maximum-viability.com, but marginal-viability.com is someone else’s domain. There’s a huge margin, but there will be more where that came from since ideas and the best backs and brightest minds are involved and generally connected by philosophy or ideals enough to reduce the overhead of negotiations, from administrative / deal-flow perspectives. No one panic, you have to be a little bit dangerous at minimum-viability these days to hit maximum-viability.

A lot of folks get out there and want to pretend like they aren’t doing IT. One of my best friends / favorite competitors has a habit of joshin’ me with the ole “Ur not really doing it!” LOL! I love that one. The pessimism is the poison, but we’ve gotta earn immunity somehow. Plus I know what you’re really up to. I know you want IT. I saw you looking at a DNS zone file and I know you’re IT curious. You even know what an MX record is. And yet for some reason, some of us make more DNS changes in one day than we make trips to the bathroom. Someone should write a blog “everything is a DNS problem” but it’s really about smart change management and Test Driven DevOps.

Just so you know, some of us hyperscalers have been around since you could win FarmVille by growing the biggest grid of trees, and some of us have been around since mainframes were the way to consume computing. Some of us have been around since abacuses (or abaci in case you don’t know what I’m talking about) were used by professionals to make calculations based on bit shifting. Have times changed, friends? I suggest you take a look at keeping the competition friendly, then release your source code sooner rather than later/never. Better late than never. N’ all ya’ll first comers.. newcomers are on the way and there’s more ideas where that came from.

Having written all that, you don’t want to expose everything in an IT operation because the part that’s not service-oriented is generally involving access controls or identity management. You want to expose the part that everyone else thinks is a secret but it’s the same secret.

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