I am a technology nomad, I’ve said that before, and I’ve taken a long trip to get to where I am. I live in the middle often in the technology space. I used to be, a while ago, deeply technical. I could, without a computer in front of me, walk someone deep into the screens of the administration programs I used. I understand how email moved across both the internet (and within a company) at a very deep level. From there I evolved into being a cloud person. I am bringing this up again, not to drive a point deep into the argument and say I am done. Rather point out that as a nomad from time to time, I want to be failed. I go from where I was to where I am with little or no transition period.
From on-premise email and email routing person to infrastructure and organization migration person to the cloud and now IoT/Edge. My base of understanding, in my chosen profession, is wide enough that I can take side journeys and still catch up if I pick the wrong direction. I have over the years picked the wrong direction a few times. That has allowed me to take a hard look both at what I was expecting, but also what happened. From there I am better able to consider the risks the next time I chose to veer off the beaten path. Currently, my interest lies in that Internet of Things and Edge computing world, where we begin to move compute power closer to where the data we are analyzing is.
I am not saying, as a nomad, that I am packing my tents and heading off into the desert again. I Understand that sometimes you have to let things happen for a time. There is no rush. But as a nomad I often find myself wondering. First, why am I a nomad? Neither of my parents was deeply involved with technology. Ye, but dad loved scientific instruments and weather gauges, but the technology was something he struggled with. From the first time I had a chance to be an AV person in school, I was hooked. Always, as a nomad seeking the best new best way to solve a problem. I know things would be easier overall if I did just stay in one place, stayed in one technology area, but I like being a Nomad. A wanderer who seeks the next big thing. Now, if I could only find my remote control!