Humpday Hysteria

Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump.

It has been awhile since I posted. This post should be about what?

How about this: the key to life?

It has been said that the key to life is sincerity. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

(attributed to Groucho Marx, and others)

This Isn’t your Father’s Cloud!

“In times of drastic change, it is the learners who will inherit the future.”

– Eric Hoffer

I think this is relevant to the changes we are seeing with Cloud technology services.  There are major changes in the works with the advent of Cloud technology.

A lot of companies are either moving to the Cloud, considering moving to the Cloud or building a hybrid solution of a mixed on premise infrastructure and Cloud hosted infrastructure.  This is changing how Server and Infrastructure people work.

At the end of the day, the deliverables are the same.

How we deliver services will change.

In the near future logging onto servers directly will be a thing of the past.

Automation is king in the server support delivery of tomorrow.

I mean that almost literally.

Tomorrow is only a day a way.

Are you ready? Are you preparing to be ready?

If not you may find yourself saying “Do you want fries with that Password change?”

Who’s your Data?

“Who’s your Data?” is a play on the slang expression “Who’s your daddy?”.  This is a rhetorical question that can be used to help Big Data Coders develop elegant, savvy and beautiful code to harvest the exact data at the exact time for the Data Seekers who need to use it.  The big data coder needs to be smarter than the data and have dominance over it in order to match the data to the seeker or user.  The big data coder must know their customer (the data seeker) and be able to understand the way they think and identify what they are really looking for from the data available to them.

In a sense, they are the data they are looking for.

Who is the data seeker and can you find the data they are looking for?

So Big Data Coder…Who’s Your Data?

“Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today!”?

Procrastination
Is it cliché to say “Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today!”?  I guess it might not be since it seems most people (self included) do not adhere to this age old adage anyway.  Therefore not being cliché since it is not a part of Pop Culture.
This is an important lesson I am learning.  Doing what you can do now is an important part of time management. Doing what you can do today, knowing that you could possibly, maybe have time to do it in the future, is a time saver. And saving time now is like having money in the bank or in this case time in the bank which can be used for some other important task.  Recently, I had come to this very juncture.  Having to respond in a short period of time to deploy an application to thousands of workstations.  The deployment would run over multiple weeks and required 8 or 9 critical checkpoints over a 3 week period. I decided to do as much work up front as I could including pre-writing emails with deployment status updates and scheduling them on my calendar. I spent 2 hours and saved myself an unknown amount of time and the heartache of not forgetting to carry out those checkpoints by memory. It is too easy to forget 8-9 checkpoints that are critical to the success of the deployment. If you do forget and when you remember you will probably act out in haste and make another mistake that could cost you dearly.

I read a funny quote on procrastination from one of those Despair Inc. Demotivation posters.  It read “PROCRASTINATION – Hard Work Often Pays Off After Time, But Laziness Always Pays Off Now.”  Funny but true! For most of us Procrastination is a way of life, a tool for time management. “Don’t worry, I’m on it. I will get to it later”.  Translation: I really don’t know how to start because I can’t see what the end goal is or what I am really supposed to do otherwise I would have started it by now.

So…the next time you want to ignore the age old adage of “Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today!” Take control of yourself and start.  Yes, just start. I think most of us are worried about failure. We think we have to get it right the first time.  And we percieve most people actually succeed on their first try.  Not true, most people do not succeed on the first try and actually fail and succeed all at the same time. Sometimes we must first fail before we can succeed.  Baby’s dont just start walking without first falling…right? It took Thomas Edison how many tries to invent the light bulb?  It took Edison around 1,000 failures or as he puts it 1,000 steps to success to invent the light bulb. I think we just need to get through the bad ideas in order to get to the good ideas.  Those good ideas are in there somewhere and we just need to unclog the log jam of ideas to let the good ones out!  And then you are on your way to getting done what needs to get done, banking time in the future and hopefully living a less stressful life.