Monday, October 07, 2013

What's Next for IT Pros?

Read an interesting article recently:

What's Next for IT Pros?

There is a really good comment from DrewTX near the bottom of the page that likens Microsoft’s behaviour to evolutionary transition.  In short; Microsoft is evolving, and so should IT Pros if they want to remain relevant/employed. 

We can witness this trend with the FIM product and its roadmap.  FIM hasn’t had much roadmap love lately, even when Microsoft is investing in identity by buying companies such as PhoneFactor.  We have not seen FIM Self-Service Password Reset extended to include phone authentication, but we have seen PhoneFactor quickly turn into Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (a service you can subscribe to) and we’ve also seen Multi-Factor Authentication turn into a feature for Azure AD accounts (so anybody with Office 365 could turn it on).  What I’m seeing mirrors the message I get from Microsoft, that they are investing heavily in the cloud and that doesn’t leave much left for the roadmaps of software products that get installed on-premises.

I totally agree with DrewTX when he says:

I say embrace the cloud; see it as an opportunity rather than a threat.

At the end of the day, we will still have software development and systems integration work to do, no matter where the systems run. 

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