I have a plaque from IBM with an OS2 certification on it. I keep it to remind me of the starting point. It is next to my Microsoft Shipit award. You get a plaque piece for every product you help a ship in the product group (I have two) I would have more, but web releases and updates don’t get ship it awards. I am proud of the places I’ve come from professionally. I also have two awards on the wall from my days as a school teacher.
Now, don’t take this as bragging. Like everyone over time, you get things that are reminders of where you started. I have pennants of my favorite sports teams on the wall of my office, and I have images of my family. I also have wall stickers of the Minions from the Despicable Me movies. My starting point as a technologist was learning how things fit together as far as technology.
During the years of my IT career, I have progressed through technologies. In part because I see things evolving and I move towards that evolution naturally. In part because I am a consultant, and you need to be aware of what is happening in the IT world around you. IoT has been my recent passion, the cloud was my big passion earlier in this century, and between cloud and IoT I have sandwiched a lot of time thinking about, helping build and ultimately evaluating the reality of Cloud Brokers. I still believe Cloud Brokers will rise; it seems like the reality of IaaS, and the IaaS market makes cloud brokers more valuable.
Part of the fun of looking at my OS2 certification is a reminder that we were once there. Now, we aren’t there and we’ve moved on. Being aware of where we could go is part of why I love being in IT.