From Physical to Virtualization, then Containerization. Simply three words, it sums up the computing evolution along the year. From the very beginning, it was all about hardware. If you want to run 10 server applications, you need 10 server hardware to install operating systems and applications.
Then virtualization technology is introduced and changes the world. What is needed is one single powerful hardware, but run 10 server operating systems with their respective applications. The business value is obvious, the cost saving in the hardware, and better hardware utilization once transit toward virtualization. Today, beside various operating systems, it helps to make sure legacy applications can continue to run in virtual machine format. That also helps to eliminate the IT staff needed on the hardware maintenance, as less hardware to be administered and more focus on the software system administration.
Based on the virtualized environment, containerization technology, introduced by Docker, not dominance by Kubernetes (K8s), as the world moves toward cloud computing, and cloud-native be a ideal form. Secure DevOps or DevSecOps is introduced and as you can see fit well for the cloud computing environment and context.
The world remain needed physical hardware as endpoint device or powerful virtualization hardware to run multiple virtual machine inside. Every IT industry professionals needed to know how to make use of the three, that is fundamental working knowledge, before any software application or programming introduce into modern computing environment. As the world transit toward the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) Industry 4.0, more emerging technologies are introduced, but that is still based on the computing context.
As emerging technologies such as Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and big data, as well as robotics process automation (RPA), virtual customer assistant or chatbot, and many more I do not list here, make it require less people compared with the previous generation. How to co-exist with AI and robotics, and try to find a niche for yourself, either as a business or for your career, it is something you need to think and act now. It is too late for said long distance driver to be impacted by the long distance driverless technology and vehicle, and you start to consider reacting. Same goes for the introduction of the robot chef and more different kinds of robots for the various industries and sectors.
As the world keeps evolving at the fast speed, are you as human, are you investing in your time to possess modern competency? Let’s get real, simply in your CV mentioned knowing Microsoft office applications, knowing how to perform windows operating system installation for desktop and server will not make you stand out at all. You need to have something to stand out from your competitors. It is the same for traditional IT business for purely distributed and resell, do you specialize in specific niche areas as domain subject expert? If you are not, you better start building up the business capability. Human talk competency, but business talk capability.
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