One of the things I had some thoughts on writing about was changes. I know, a lot of things has been said about changes, by much smarter people than me, and it might seem a bit superfluous to add my own 2¢ — but when has that ever stopped anyone? So in light of todays big “Dell is buying EMC” news, here it is.
Now, I don’t claim to have any insight into the financial soundness of the Dell purchase of EMC. I just know that a shit-ton of money is being spent on it.
Call me naïve, but I don’t think someone would do that without having some pretty good reasons. Interestingly enough, Meg Whitman, HP, calls out how much interest Dell will have to pay:
“To pay back the interest on the $50 billion of debt that the new combined company will have on their balance sheet, Dell will need to pay roughly $2.5 billion a year in interest alone. That’s $2.5 billion that they will allocate away from R&D and other business critical activities.”
If only Michael Dell and his financial advisors had thought of that — I’m sure they are looking to back-paddle this deal now that Meg has told them. In all seriousness though, I have no idea if this deal is a good idea or not. Nor am I qualified to have an opinion on it, none whatsoever. What I feel qualified to have an opinion on, however, is how people are reacting to the news.
How many of the people now lambasting the EMC and Dell deal, drive around in Tesla’s? How many of them have been talking about “disruptive” technology for years? And all of a sudden, it dawns on them: “Wait a minute, this change affects me.” Well guess what? That’s what Tesla has been doing, that’s what Amazon has been doing and that’s what Google has been doing. And if you think real hard about it, you might even realize that’s what VMware has been doing as well.
This is the very nature of change. It changes things. Some times you’re the windshield, some times you’re the bug. We as IT professsionals should be intimately familiar with, not only because “change is the only constant”, but because from time to time we make changes get unforeseen results. It happens more often than we like to admit, and if you think about it that’s the whole reasoning behind ITIL, isn’t it? Change Management. We need it, simply because we often don’t know what will happen. Even if we want people to believe we know, the truth is that very often, we do not.
It is not the most intellectual or the strongest species that survives, but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt to or adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself.
Whoever coined that particular quote, was on to something — unlike a lot of todays comments, who seems to have been made by people high on something, either drugs or their own bruised egos.