It is difficult to have an IT conversation with someone without the subject of Cloud Computing coming up at some point. The subject inevitably generates countless impassioned arguments, opinions, and observations from both sides of the debate. Oftentimes, there is some truth in every myth, but I would rank the following statements as the top myths in Cloud Computing.
Scondermads are Smart CONnected Devices using Elastic Resources generating and processing MAssive Data Sets. Formerly called the “Internet of Things”, examples of new Scondermads are popping up almost daily, threatening to disrupt every industry on earth.
14,000 nerds (including myself) just descended on Las Vegas to drink, gamble, party with Skrillex, and get first-hand information from Amazon Web Services on their existing solutions and new announcements. You can already search Google for some in-depth analysis of each announcement. But, this article is for those who think DevOps is a division of the military, and a g2.2xlarge sounds like a confidential report on some sort of husky garment.
In the book Good to Great, Jim Collins writes about companies that have succeeded by continuing to become more efficient in their industries. He uses the analogy of a flywheel throughout the book, with Great companies continuing to push harder, sticking to their “Hedgehog.” I am a huge fan of this book, and I once coined my company mission statement around the word GREAT. Our mission was to continue to drive efficiencies with continuous improvement in everything we did, while sticking to a few core strategies in which we had a competitive advantage.
All of this sounds fantastic, but I am now convinced that 90% of companies that stick to this strategy over the next 10 years will be dead.
“A champion named Goliath came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels. On his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.”
– 1 Samuel 17 Verse 4
We all know what happens next. The Philistine champion, weighed down with his traditional armor, was defeated by a smaller, faster, nimble warrior, with God on his side. Recently, I have had enlightening conversations with some potential Davids and a few Goliaths.
Everyone is talking about the “internet of things” and becoming entranced by the lure of technology. Imagine your refrigerator ordering beer when it senses that stocks are low and a big college football game is about to start. Pre-programmed drones would then deliver your favorite beverage without you even lifting a finger. Maybe your coffee maker could brew an extra-large cup when your sleep monitor knows you were tossing and turning the night before. Vacuum cleaners will know when Fido is in the house and will follow him around when air sensors know he is shedding. It all sounds great – but will I have to buy SmartNet?