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I think we should all put a pin in 2022. But before we do, I want to finish talking about 2022 by quoting something from Rocky Balboa and then let me put some context around it.

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody” – Rocky Balboa

Moving into 2023

2022 was a tough year…it was a challenging year but we got through it with some ups and downs for a lot of us, me included. That quote is symbolic of where we need to be in our headspace as we move into 2023. Again it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward…how much you can take and keep moving forward forward and with 2022 out of the way let’s take a quick look at 2023

2023 is going to be an interesting year for a lot of us. There is a lot of pressure in the tech world and most of you reading this are involved in Technology and make no mistake, there are going to be squeezes from all sides relating to global, micro and macro economic factors which means it’s going to potentially be a tough year for a lot of us. There is a chance that we are going to struggle to find the same level of success that we have found in the previous ten or so years…But we will get through it! 

From a tech perspective there are a few trends that I think are going to have significant impact in 2023. One of them, and recent flavour of the month is AI. That has been a trending topic and many are saying that it is replacing Crypto as the real leading edge of Web3. I’ve talked about the impact of ChatGPT in the last episode of Thoughts on X, but suffice to say this will continue to get airplay as we move towards possible Singularity. Another topic that I have talked about on Thoughts on X, is the whole Twitter situation with being Elon Musk and yes they/he has challenges though that I did highlight at the end of the year, my biggest Tech moment of 22 was Elon’s takeover of Twitter which set the cat among the pigeons as he challenged a lot of entitlement that was rife in Silicon Valley tech.

If you look at it Twitter has been been on fire and it’s running like a lean startup at the moment moment.

I believe that this form of tech shack up will continue to make news in 2023 and maybe we will see more companies going down the Twitter track in terms of a bit of a shake-up. Twitter has more of less operated relatively ok with the reduced workforce… with the fat cut off so to speak… maybe that’s what that’s what’s needed as we come out of the era of overvaluation in the industry. There are companies that are still burning through their money and that’s going to continue to cause issues and come to a head in many circumstances.

VMware, Multiple Cloud and DevOps

We are clearly moving towards more modern data platforms. VMware is still very much relevant with virtualization and on-premises workloads not going away anytime soon. This is even with a move towards application modernization and re-platforming. We know that the hybrid cloud is here to stay and I’ve talked about multiple clouds again, on Thoughts on X, and I think it’s worth a listen to see where I think things are going to be. There will definitely be an increase in Kubernetes adoption and deployments even though, I still believe it still has a lot of maturity to undertake but it’s definitely moving forward and gaining traction. Security is obviously going to be huge and front of mind again. We have seen supply chain attacks, we have seen direct attacks, we havee seen malicious intent on the rise and the sophistication of those attacks are getting more and more worrying.

DevOps is obviously playing a big part of the modern IT landscape. moving forward if you look at Twitter as an example it’s lit up with developers it’s lit up with devops that’s kind of the flavor of the month I think it’s an evolution of where

where we’re at with regards to moving from cloud but one thing that the public cloud has done and done well is it’s changed the way that we think about consuming RIT infrastructure and that is where devops comes into play I do believe however that the devs should do less Ops that’s another thought on X in terms of personal goals so recently

Personal and Veeam Related

Careers move along, and I’m lucky that I am able to keep progressing within such a great organization that is Veeam. I have had a title change and I am now a Regional CTP for APJ. I also, retain and will drive something that’s still very important to me, which is being a Technologist in the Cloud and Service Provider space. That means that I am able to be more impactful in and around the APJ region at an Enterprise level, going to conferences and events, visiting key partners and customers and continuing to do what I love doing which is talking technology. Talking about how Veeam Solutions can help companies against data loss, protecting their organizations from disaster. On the Veeam front we’ve got a really exciting somewhat secret marketing and events project that’s going to kick off this year and I’m looking forward to helping to lead that through APJ and globally. I can’t talk about here, but that is going to be exciting when announced.

Also, from a Veeam point of view, I’m going to launch another podcast. This will keep me busy in-between working on Great Things with Great Tech, but I love the medium and how it can get to numerous people around the world consumed in different ways, on different platforms. This new podcast will be a reboot of the Veeam Community Podcast, that will be bi-weekly called The Sound of tech to Come… A Veeam Podcast. The idea there is to basically interview anybody in technology inside and outside of Veeam, weather that be companies, partners, vendors or whatever comes along and just talk about cool technology.

Finally, from a learning perspective, my ain is to just to keep in touch as much as possible! It’s getting harder and harder to remain at the leading edge of all areas of the IT landscape, but as much as possible I need to keep in touch with technology trends. I stil love tinkering and I will try and get into that a little bit more in 2023. There is so much amazing technology out there, and we are so lucky to live in a time where we are accelerating towards even more innovation. Yes, we have a slightly tough and bumpy road ahead in 2023, but it is worth putting in the effort to push through, get up and keep fighting!

Hoping that your 2023 is successful and rewarding!