So, normally I have some fun with our competitors in this space, but today, I am actually going to go ask you to go read a post on a competitor’s website (then come back!). Why? Because some things are really more important then who has the zoomiest new widget today…go on, go read it…I’ll still be here….
Back? Good….so I have been going to CiscoLive!/Networkers for more than a decade and I gotta tell you, if the audience there is a representative of IT as a whole, then we moving the needle at a glacial pace.
So, considering the fact that our entire industry is about being forward thinking and redefining what’s possible, why is this so tough?
Yes, my implicit opinion is that this is an issue with tangible/practical impact for folks running data centers. When meeting with IT management one of the top concerns I consistently hear is not technology based, it is around finding enough smart people to design, build and run the next generation of IT infrastructure. If our industry routinely makes IT an inhospitable place for half the population (my wife would argue the smarter half of the population) then its everyone’s problem--or everyone’s opportunity--this report makes some interesting points.
So, dear readers, what do you think and what can we be doing better? What are the experiences of other folks out there? Is networking particularly behind the curve and other parts of IT are more hospitable? Is this even an issue--should I go back to writing about who has the zoomiest new widget?
Finally, and I know this ventures into own-horn-tooting territory, but I do have to offer some kudos to the folks that run CiscoLive! for us. They jumped on some of the more egregious booth activities and have already implemented new policies for future events to make sure there are no repeats.