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Why major IT changes can wait

As the 2021 working year came to a close, I was reminded that the last run of the day — or in this case, the last change you make in a day — is often one you should walk away from without doing. The day was like any other but around lunchtime I had reached an impasse. I was stuck waiting on other people to complete some tasks and the work I was doing involved a cold shutdown of a production database — something you definitely don’t want to do on a Friday afternoon, as we all know how badly that can go. I decided instead to finish off some physical work that was in progress, electing to decommission and unrack some old sleds (servers that sit in a shared chassis rather than being standalone). Plenty of planning had already …

What role should IT play in a post-COVID world?

After months of disruption and unease, we seem to be entering a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, what exactly that phase is depends on who you ask, and where you are in the world… or indeed, within Australia. This uncertainty is perhaps as damaging to the economy as the actual lockdown. I don’t think anyone can accurately state that they know what will happen next. Questions such as Will there be another outbreak in NSW?, When will they develop a vaccine?, Is it actually safe to send my kids with medical condition (x) to school? and What’s up with geopolitics? really won’t be answerable for some time yet.