Every previous generation intimates that its circumstances were more difficult than the present and for each there are storied and anecdotal ways of relating the harsher state of affairs: “when I was your age, I had to walk to school, both ways, up hill, in the snow, without any shoes” or “when I was your age, if I wanted to talk with a friend, I rode my bike down the block – we didn’t text or have iChat”. Everyone has heard (or even postulated) a similar maxim. Fables like this have a innate method of self-perpetuating and there is rarely a clean demarcation point where an individual can insert themselves and inspect “what it used to be like” vs. “what it us today”. I’m fortunate that I have a very simple but powerful one to share: The Certificate of Attendance.
I believe the Certificate of Attendance to be one of the common era, feel good awards, designed to foster a sense of inclusion. You didn’t earn an A. No problem. Didn’t do your homework? Not your fault. Don’t feel left out – you were along for the ride while others contributed in a meaningful manner. The Certificate of Attendance, it doesn’t say much other than you bothered to show up, at the appointed time, consistently for a given date range.
My generation didn’t really have these ostensible awards, bet yours didn’t either but we’re all too familiar with them.
I’ve been intentionally sequestered and not blogging for the last sixty days or so working diligently on planning for this and the next business cycle. An incredible amount has occurred in those short 8 weeks. Highlights:
• Federal Government has issued the ground cover for every CIO to bring cloud to their enterprise missions
• Cyber, and Cloud are coming together in exciting and scary ways
• Mobile Tablet Sales outpaced PC sales
• Google said “oops” to 150,000 cloud users
• Amazon decided to pick a public fight with Netflix
And most notable over the last sixty days or so
• Over $2Billion in cloud M+A activity occurred driving sector and provider consolidation at crazy multiples
Some of the acquisition targets were worthwhile, with solid balance sheets, customer demanded IP and strong vertical growth engines. Exciting stuff. We’ll talk about how these acquisitions are going to shape the way that cloud services will be delivered in your environment.
A handful though were laggards and simply….received their Certificates of Attendance