Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

Podcast Show Notes: Are You Future Proof?

On September 14, 2012 ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick published Why IT is a Profession in Flux, a short article in which he makes the observation that "IT professionals are under considerable pressure to deliver more value to the business, versus being good at coding and testing and deploying and integrating." I forwarded that article to my list of Usual Suspects (the nearly 40 people who have participated in the podcast over the last 3 years), along with a suggestion that I wanted to put together a panel discussion to further explore the issue. This podcast is the result.

As it happened, three of the people who responded to my query were in San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld, as was I, so I seized the rare opportunity for a face to face conversation. The participants are all Oracle ACE Directors, as well as architects:

  • Ron Batra, Director of Cloud Computing at AT&T
  • Basheer Khan, Founder, President and CEO at Innowave Technology
  • Ronald van Luttikhuizen, Managing Partner at Vennster.

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1
    Future-Proofing: As powerful forces reshape enterprise IT, your IT and software development skills may not be enough.
  • Listen to Part 2
    Survival Strategy: Re-tooling one’s skill set to reflect changes in enterprise IT, including the knowledge to steer stakeholders around the hype to what’s truly valuable.
  • Listen to Part 3
    Writing on the Wall: Do the technological trends that are shaping enterprise IT pose any threat to basic software development roles? What opportunities do these changes represent?

The entire conversation is also available in video format from the OTN YouTube Channel.

Your Two Cents

What are you doing to future-proof your IT career? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 10-24-2012

  • Play Oracle Vanquisher
    Here's a little respite from whatever it is you normally spend your time on. Oracle Vanquisher is an online diversion that makes a game of data center optimization. According to the description: "Armed with a cool Oracle vacuum pack suit and a strategic IT roadmap, you will thwart threats and optimize your data center to increase your company’s stock price and boost your company's position." Mainly you avoid electric shock and killer birds. The current high score belongs to someone identified as "TEN."
    My score? Never mind.
  • Book: DevOps for Developers | The Java Source
    The subject of DevOps has come up in a couple of recent OTN ArchBeat Podcasts, so it's somewhat serendipitous that Tori Wieldt's recent blog post offers an overview of Java Champion Michael Hutterman's new book, DevOps for Developers, now available from Apress.
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) : Context is everything… | The ORACLE-BASE Blog
    BOYD is a factor in the evolution of IT, but in what context? "The real IT work in companies is still being done on PCs," says Oracle ACE Director Tim Hall. "Yes, you can use a cloud service on your phone, but look around the office and you will see those cloud services are actually being used by people on PCs."
  • Oracle in the Cloud: Oracle EBusiness Suite sizing | Tom Laszewski
    Cloud expert Tom Laszewski shares several technical resources that will be helpful for sizing of Oracle EBusiness Suite.
  • Setting Up, Configuring, and Using an Oracle WebLogic Server Cluster
    Author and expert Yuli Vasiliev shows you how take advantage of multiple Oracle WebLogic Server instances grouped into a cluster to maximize scalability and availability.
  • Webcast: Reduce Costs with Oracle's Database Storage Management
    Watch this! Join Oracle experts Kevin Jernigan and Margaret Hamburger for an interactive webcast in which you'll learn how Oracle's Database Storage Management can reduce storage costs and management complexity while improving query performance to meet service-level agreements and compliance requirements.

    Event Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
    Event Time: 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET

Thought for the Day

"Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves."

Alan Kay





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