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Virtualization and Beyond: The Three Bs

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The Three Bs

Written by James Honey, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, SolarWinds

Welcome to 2017, everyone. I'm sure you've been reading quite a few articles that either recap an interesting 2016, or provide technology predictions for 2017. Well, this post is going to be different, or maybe not. Instead of "how to be a new you" or "what new technology is going to change the world in 2017," I'm going to share three mantras-or the three Bs, as I like to call them-that you can use in 2017 and beyond.

Be Bold

This was my mantra last year. One thing I've learned as I've gotten older is that fear is a strong impediment to everyone. Some are more fearful than others, but we all have a level of fear that holds us back. While fear is healthy and can keep us safe, there are many times where we will not try new and exciting things because of fear. Businesses operate much the same way. However, there are times when we have to be bold and try new things. Imagine what our world would look like if no one ever tried anything new.

As we saw in 2016, many companies were pretty bold with technology, whether it was by implementing cloud solutions in their data center, deploying containers, or replacing traditional servers and storage with hyper-converged deployments. Being bold helps companies move forward and find new ways of doing business and achieving goals.

On a personal level, I stepped out of my comfort zone and auditioned to be a host on a technology podcast last year. It was a terrifying and exhilarating experience, even though I didn't make the cut. I started blogging more through my work at SolarWinds (via VMblog and our THWACK community), and I spoke at a technology conference. All of these things involved me being bold and stepping out of my usual safe space.

How will you and/or your company step out of your comfort zone in 2017?

Be Intentional

I'm going to continue to be bold in 2017, but I'm going to be more intentional with my time and energy. The same applies to all of us, and once again, to companies as well. It's great to take the first step and try something new, but you must ask why you are doing it and where it will lead you.

With all the technology out there, every day brings something new. The question must always be, is that a technology I/we should know and use? Let's say, for example, your IT department is interested in containers. Containers are a very interesting technology, but does it makes sense for your business (and your career)? I've met many people who say yes, but I have also met many who say no. For those who say no, it could be out of fear, but it could also be because containers truly do not make sense at this time. 

Be Smart

This is a mantra that should be a part of any New Year's resolution. The world is constantly changing and what you've already learned is a good foundation to keep building on. Too often, I've met people who are very smart and have incredible knowledge about technology, but they fall behind due to a lack of continuing education. I've fallen into this trap before, and it is hard to play catch up, but it can be done. Not only are there courses from vendors about their tools/products, but there is an almost unlimited amount of free education content online covering plenty of technical topics. Throughout 2016, I talked to people who were not only stepping up their education, but were using it as a springboard to new career opportunities. As we all know, technology will keep changing, it's up to each of us to make sure we're a part of the future. Continual learning is a key part of that.

Conclusion

There you have it, the three Bs. Nothing fancy or complex, but I think if you tell yourself, both professionally and personally, to just be bold, be intentional, and be smart, you, your IT department and your company will reach new heights in 2017.

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About the Author

James Honey is a sr. product marketing manager for IT performance management software provider SolarWinds. He has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry, focused specifically on storage technologies and virtualization solutions for SMBs to enterprise environments. His current role includes being responsible for all storage monitoring and management-related product marketing initiatives, including SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor.

Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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