I was thinking a lot lately, especially about the changes in the IT world and the speed of all the changes. Having been in IT for more than 20 years, I have seen a lot and I have seen a lot of differences through the years. So I decided to write a short blog not about technical things, but about organization and what I think is important now and what is needed in the current IT world.

When I started years ago IT was seen as something you do on the side and basically IT meant al electrical machines within a company, computers, copiers, telephones and yes … even coffee machines. It was the time where you took a floppy and start installing. A bit later there was the cd and when you needed to setup a server or workstation you took the cd and started clicking. Oh what a wonderful time it was (I am getting melancholic… :-)). What was also nice is that the IT world you lived in did not change that fast, so plenty of time to get adapted to new technologies. No need to plan ahead, just start building and everything would be ok (not saying that it was the way to go, but that is how is was).

So what is my point, what do I want to make clear? From moving around, visiting clients for their System Center solutions it is clear that the current IT world requires a different approach, no more clicking first, but start planning your environment and ……. first sit on your hands (as my colleague Marc Westerink would say). The current IT world moves a lot faster, updates are appearing faster and systems are more integrated with each other  and depending on each other for proper functioning. As an example I like to give System Center, first all products were separate, the next step the private cloud with System Center in the middle and now the hybrid cloud where you connect your environment to Windows Intune and Windows Azure. And all this in a short period of time, with the new updates to System Center 2012 R2, Configuration Manager 2012 R2, Server 2012 R2, Windows Intune and SQL 2014 already announced.

When you want to move forward and benefit from new techniques you have to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do I want to accomplish with my IT environment
  • What are the processes I need to take care of
  • Do I have the knowledge
  • What do I really need instead of what I would like
  • What roadmap should I follow to get to my goals
  • First think and get behind the drawing board

Another important point is that IT takes time, now more than ever, so take that time! Plan the future!

In short:

[infopane color=”1″]New IT : People, Processes, Technology![/infopane]

Takes me back to my re-thinking part, what do I find of the IT world we are living in at the moment. I am actually thrilled about it, but having said that, I sometimes seem to have a lack of time to read all about the new things, but I do my best. IT has changed and companies need to acknowledge this, quick and dirty can get you in to problems later.