--- 8th February 2016
Note to self.
Five years later and ... oh, my past self would not want to know.
People are still building private clouds and trying to push enterprise class cloud despite the obviousness of the changes. The whole co-evolution of practice finally became firmly established as DevOps but has gone a little bit out of control in terms of making somewhat grand claims of cultural changes. The points of inertia and the overstating of risks continues in corporations but we're finally getting through that point in the punctuated equilibrium that this will all get washed away.
Overall, it has been a torrid journey. Many are still confused on basic concepts such as the change of practice with activities. We're still having this discussion today! I have to caution that legacy isn't flawed as much as built with best practice for a product world. Many are trying to "create" new paradigm shifts in order to re-establish flagging business models by "having another go". In many cases, the strategic play of many former IT giants has been next to hopeless. There's quite a list of well known names circling the spiral of death by cost cutting to restore profitability whilst the underlying revenues are in decline.
It has become plainly clear that the level of blindness to the environment (i.e. poor situational awareness) is incredibly high in most corporations at the executive level and far worse than I could have possibly anticipated. Inertia will always need to be managed but that such companies failed to manage predictable changes with so much warning is ... stunning.