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Dark Clouds & Silver Linings

I see a strong correlation between the insular exclusivity of monastic scholarship in the Dark Ages and traditional business practices in "2nd Platform" IT. I also see a connection between the rise of secular humanism and the promise of cloud service providers. In this deck I've tried to show how cloud services can pave the way for a new IT Renaissance. Hope you enjoy!

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Dark Clouds & Silver Linings

  1. 1. Dark Clouds & Silver Linings • The Dark Ages & Monastic Scholarship • The Renaissance and Secular Humanism • IT During the Era of the Second Platform • The Age of The Cloud • The IT Renaissance Anthony Owen D’Errico EMC² | Emerging Technology Division Regional Territory Manager – OK | AR Mobile: (405) 513-2971
  2. 2. Book of Hours, Valencia circa 1460 Collection of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek Books were beautiful works of Art (e.g. Illuminated Manuscripts) Monastic Scholarship in the Dark Ages These handcrafted masterpieces were created by specially trained monks They focused mainly on religious texts They were only available to the Clergy, the Nobility and the Wealthy
  3. 3. Jean Miélot copying manuscripts in a scriptorium circa 1450 Self Portrait Creating these works of Art was a lifelong pursuit Monastic Scholarship in the Dark Ages These monks were equal parts author translator, illustrator, scribe and priest Their work was performed in specially- designed scriptoria Some books took multiple lifetimes to complete
  4. 4. “Le Livre et le vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre” Master of the Royal Alexander, C. 1420 British Library Monks became stewards of nearly all human knowledge in this period Monastic Scholarship in the Dark Ages The Clergy also created and preserved new material in Science, Medicine, Farming and the Classics
  5. 5. “Les élèves sont assis sur le sol avec la tonsure” Grandes Chroniques de France Late 14th Century The majority of scholarship took place inside the Church Monastic Scholarship in the Dark Ages Institutional knowledge was passed on within the Church and to those they tutored The common man relied on oral traditions and communal knowledge to advance society
  6. 6. Agenda: Dark Clouds & Silver Linings • The Dark Ages & Monastic Scholarship • The Renaissance and Secular Humanism • IT During the Era of the Second Platform • The Age of The Cloud • The IT Renaissance
  7. 7. By 1480 there were 110 printing presses in operation By the end of the 15th century the printed book was in universal use throughout Europe Illuminated Manuscripts were produced primarily for the Church and Nobility, and eventually died out completely The Renaissance and Secular Humanism In 1440 Johannes Gutenberg introduced his moveable type press Functioning reproduction of original Gutenberg Press One-third scale C. 1877
  8. 8. “Gutenberg und seine Mitarbeiter bei der Arbeit” Lithograph Gutenberg-Museum Mainz The Renaissance and Secular Humanism Books could now be created with comparative ease by common tradesmen Printing presses began turning out leaflets and pamphlets, increasing the reach of the written word Advancements in printing technology drove down costs and further increased literacy
  9. 9. “Shakespeare Reading” by William Page 1873-1874 Smithsonian American Art Museum The Renaissance and Secular Humanism The availability of the printed word had far-ranging consequences The Classics, which until 1490 had been preserved in monasteries and hand-copied by monks, could now easily be spread among the literate classes of Europe These ancient texts led to the growth of new artistic, literary and philosophical movements throughout the Renaissance Shakespeare, not an aristocrat but just a merchant from a small town in England, was now able to read Greek and Roman texts, which would have a profound effect on his own writings
  10. 10. Renaissance humanism sought to create a citizenry that could read and write with eloquence and clarity This was to be accomplished by researching the studia humanitatis: grammar, rhetoric, history, poetry, and philosophy This would allow the common man to engage in civic life, creating wider societal benefits for all The Renaissance and Secular Humanism New authors began to attack the status quo Page from “Das Narrenschiff” by Sebastian Brant C. 1497 Gutenberg-Museum Mainz
  11. 11. Agenda: Dark Clouds & Silver Linings • The Dark Ages & Monastic Scholarship • The Renaissance and Secular Humanism • IT During the Era of the Second Platform • The Age of The Cloud • The IT Renaissance
  12. 12. Complex solutions require knowledge from all disciplines: • Compute • Storage • Network • Application IT Solutions are like Beautiful Snowflakes IT During the Era of the Second Platform
  13. 13. Complexity pushes out the timeline: • Application Updates • Server Patching • Storage Deployment • Network Upgrades • Scope Creep Enterprise Projects can take years to complete IT During the Era of the Second Platform
  14. 14. “Might as well be Witchcraft” • Boolean Algebra • Amdahl’s Law • Regression Testing • Shotgun Debugging • Boehm Garbage Collecting Nobody in “The Business” really knows what IT does IT During the Era of the Second Platform
  15. 15. There was no alternative due to: • CAPEX Models • Internal Controls • Application/Platform Specificity • Service Provider Maturity Internal IT was the ONLY RESOURCE to get your projects done IT During the Era of the Second Platform
  16. 16. Agenda: Dark Clouds & Silver Linings • The Dark Ages & Monastic Scholarship • The Renaissance and Secular Humanism • IT During the Era of the Second Platform • The Age of The Cloud • The IT Renaissance
  17. 17. The Age of the Cloud People Centric Agile Flexible Self-Service Developer Centric Lower effort Automated Fast to provision Resilient Integrated Lifecycle Management Efficient/ Transparent Cost per Unit Use Reporting Less expensive Only use what you need “The Cloud” isn’t a product- you can’t buy it shrink-wrapped
  18. 18. Solutions that were once individually complicated projects are now deployed with the push of a button: • File Shares • Web Sites • Database Servers • Virtual LANs IT Solutions have become commodities The Age of the Cloud
  19. 19. “The Business” demands increased speed, flexibility and reliability from IT solutions Users expect IT solutions to be deployed at the same speed as consumer-grade solutions (e.g. mobile applications) The Cloud has sped up the deployment of new technology The Age of the Cloud
  20. 20. The Age of the Cloud IT staff cannot keep up with the increase in theoretical complexity The level of complexity IT staffs face today is increasing at an exponential rate The Cloud will create more jobs, but not fast enough to keep up with the real increase in complexity “The Business” will still demand IT staffs to do more with less
  21. 21. The Age of the Cloud For the first time ever, “The Business” has a choice Internal IT resources are not the de facto option for deploying IT projects Individual departments with budgetary autonomy can shop numerous cloud providers for server, storage and application resources “Shadow IT” is on the rise, creating security and governance risks for organizations
  22. 22. Agenda: Dark Clouds & Silver Linings • The Dark Ages & Monastic Scholarship • The Renaissance and Secular Humanism • IT During the Era of the Second Platform • The Age of The Cloud • The IT Renaissance
  23. 23. The IT Renaissance The business tends to focus and drive revenue above the line People Traditional IT infrastructure groups expend more effort below the line than above
  24. 24. The IT Renaissance Infrastructure Users In the Age of the Cloud, businesses that make it around this circle the fastest will win
  25. 25. The IT Renaissance People • What do you want to be great at? • What are you responsible for? • Does it give you a unique advantage? • Is it sustainable? • What is the opportunity cost? • How else could you better serve the business? • How could you move from cost center to profit center?
  26. 26. Go Paint Your Masterpiece “The Birth of Venus” Botticelli C. 1485

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