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January 02, 2008


Ronald X

Chuck you are correct about IT becoming a utility service as Nick has explained. His orginal statements in IT doesn't matter about IT becoming a commidity is also true. However, I think you are both naive about the multiple inter-relationships that will exist. Each IT service may exist in a simple form in a vacuum but as soon as multiple services are procured these simple pawns become a complex chess game. Is this new chess game an easier game to play than the old one?
If we look at the example of an electric utility, I think about rolling black outs and load shedding. "Hi Mr. Customer, sorry we cannot process your order as our IT utility is load shedding." Ouch!
And finally there will be a new Enron, that will cook the books with IT utilities, as the govenment will be too naive to have the correct regulations in place for a new way of doing business...
I think this will be keep us all in jobs as IT firefighers. Much the same way as Red Adair made his fame with stopping oil fires, we will be required to stop IT fires, which will be spectacular and large! The will be spectacular and large as a single major incident at a utility will impact a larger customer base.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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