The last time I went skiing was about 20 years ago. Skis were a lot different back then, than they are now. You had to have skis that were at least as long as you are tall.
And if you were a good skier, you would have skis that were way longer than you are tall yourself. So, you can imagine my surprise when I went skiing again after many years? A lot has changed.
Hardware has changed
There are many differences between the hardware I used 20 years ago, and the hardware used today. Skis used to be longer and straight while today skis are curved and much shorter. These changes in hardware offer more possibilities.
When I first learned how to ski, the epitome of what you could achieve was called ‘wedeln’: making short parallel turns. With today’s hardware this is still possible, however, more options are available such as carving for example.
There are even more types of skis, specific to the desired technique, from race carve to off piste skiing.
Adjusting to the new
Ultimately it comes down to the skier, who has to adjust to these new possibilities. The new techniques require the skier to use their body differently. But the old techniques are also still available.
I guess most skiers have adjusted over the years, step-by-step. For me, it was a huge adjustment because everything had changed. It took me a while to get these new techniques down.
My first years in software
This whole experience reminded me of my first years in software. Today’s hardware and software provide a lot more options than when I first started out. However, getting the most out of these new options requires a different approach.
Cloud computing for example, provides many advantages over the older on premise solutions. They do require a completely different mindset towards IT and software – something that doesn’t always happen.
So ask yourself: am I applying the same mindset to today’s IT and software as I was 10 to 20 years ago?