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The cloud and the change

Coming back to the story, how this cloud and recent technologies can change the technicians? I think we can all agree that the heavily-specialized infrastructure teams of the past—the networking team, the server team, the storage team—are no longer sufficient in the brave new world of converged infrastructure that blends networking, virtualization, and storage all together. I’d agree, in general terms, that IT infrastructure and technical folks need to broaden beyond their core strengths into adjacent technologies in order to remain relevant. And by broadening the scope, it doesn’t mean to leave the things which we are working on. It means to do additions, and not subtractions.
It will be helpful to understand what goes into application development and the infrastructure dependencies that are the result of the development choices. Again, that’s awareness, and yes—infrastructure engineers and technical folks need enhanced awareness of adjacent technologies and the relationships with their core technology strengths. Regardless of how many layers of abstraction are inserted into, in its simplest form, is another layer of abstraction—someone still has to manage the things. Customers building their private cloud and having highly virtualized infrastructure, pooled resources, self-service provisioning, someone still has to manage it and the ongoing things. Someone still has to ensure that there is sufficient capacity, and that someone needs to understand the core technologies that make the cloud tick.
Especially regarding the infrastructure (because that is where I belong from the core), there are many upcoming opportunities I can see. Even if the virtualization of servers, storage, networks, software will happen and happening, management of this infrastructure is still necessary. People who understand this infrastructure—both virtual and physical—are still necessary. People who know the relationships among the virtualization layers and the various technologies are still necessary.
Yes, the infrastructure and technical people will change, grow, and evolve, but it’s an opportunity and not the termination.
Oh yes, the age of PeopleSoft. Let’s begin with Oracle, when PeopleSoft came under its umbrella. Oracle acquired PeopleSoft in 2004-2005.At that point of time PeopleSoft had 12,200 customers. Oracle has been continuing to invest in PeopleSoft applications and technology to deliver value to PeopleSoft customers. More than 300 additional features have been added since the PeopleSoft 9.2 release. Today 439 companies out of Fortune 500 use PeopleSoft. Currently PeopleSoft has customers across the globe which is mainly segmented into 5 regions – APAC, Japan, North America, Latin America and EMEA with more than 200,000 users use PeopleSoft and in variety of industries.
Having collected all the data above, analytics says its time for PeopleSoft to get completely out of reach. Multi million investments in servers, infrastructures and staffing have already been done to keep the things running. In India itself, there are thousands of mid sizes and big organizations are running on PeopleSoft. So the market analyst says its still time to get over from these investments and apply new one. Eventually a change will come, as everyone has to run with the time and technology, however, the kind of features PeopleTools delivered and still making enhancements to cope up with the change in time and industry trends, PeopleSoft is still in a long run.

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