I’ve always been fascinated by the way in which different computing concepts get converted into common knowledge and how, depending on who’s speaking about a certain concept, that person will tend to assimilate it according to their own field of knowledge and action. This article is the result of a conversation I had with a colleague who interpreted DevOps as related to operational efficiency and facilitating business objectives – which is a perfectly accurate view when looked at from their perspective.
Since the early days of systems administration, a god has hovered over server rooms: uptime. uptime tells us how long a server has been on, which indirectly indicates how long it has been since it had a problem requiring a reboot. Operating systems have always had commands to display server uptime, figures that, indirectly, were also indicative of how good a job the administrators were doing. But the gods aren’t eternal; they are outdone, or simply replaced, by other gods. The time must come for even uptime to fall.
Very rarely do leading technology companies and professionals get the chance to see how societal changes impact the core of our business. In this sense, we cannot help but notice how our connectivity paradigms mirror the human sphere of our society. Trends in technology are often influenced by the changes that shape our world and social environment. Here, I would like to take a moment to talk about the late philosopher and sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, who coined the term “liquid modernity” to describe our ever-changing society (characterized by globalization, individualism, and communication and information technologies).