Cloud deniers are the flat earthers of the tech world

You can dismiss the future as the naive cry of a Debbie Downer, or you can become part of that future

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Even though he essentially called me a "Debbie Downer," I'm in full agreement with my colleague Robert X. Cringely when he says, "If you're a hermit crab and figured you could base your entire career on an MCSA and Server Manager, you're in trouble. You might want to revisit your barista training, but not because the data center is going to become so simplified that no one needs you anymore. They're going to drop you because they need people with more and deeper skill sets." (That's my emphasis, by the way.)

Cringely also said, "Better yet, you'll need experience, lots and lots of it. Get involved in the hard projects, learn what you need to get things done, and up those communication skills. You'll not only keep your gig; you'll move it forward. It sounds hard, but if you've been in the biz for more than three years, change and upkeep shouldn't be new to you. If it is and you weren't expecting it, buckle up and get ready for a bumpy reality."

Funny, I think I said the same thing.

Many people in IT get it, but it's clear many do not, or do not want to. Yes, we all have jobs to do and vendors we support, so we can claim the cloud isn't coming, to keep our current sponsors happy. But doing so is irresponsible. It is coming, and it's my job to report that reality. Yes, when I speak about convergence at conferences, I expose the cloud failings as the reality of today, but that doesn't mean I don't see the writing on the wall. I'm not saying hardware is dead. I'm saying you need to improve your skills so that you can move in new directions as the cloud becomes the present.

What I don't grasp is how Cringely and others can be so shortsighted in pointing out recent public cloud outages as a means of telling IT folks not to worry. Those failures are indeed slowing cloud adoption, as are concerns over network connectivity availability and cost, and the fear of widespread government Internet spying as revealed by Edward Snowden. (As if the NSA can't get your data whether it's stored locally or in a cloud -- come on, people!) Those are real issues today, companies like Microsoft, Amazon.com, Google, and Cisco Systems are dedicating the full force of their considerable resources to address these questions.

My wake-up call is for those people who are still thinking backward: people who are still complaining about PowerShell or that Office has the ribbon interface (it's been seven years, people -- embrace the ribbon!). Yes, I believe in pushing back when it's necessary. After all, I'm on the Save the Start Button committee.

But this cloud thing is happening, and it's time to get on board.

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