I received this fortune in a cookie from lunch the other day.
Lunch was catered Chinese
in the office of my current employer;
an Internet technology start-up
where I stand in front of computer screens
For large portions of the day.
I manage a team of computer people.
More often called System Administrators, or
Network Administrators, or
Site Reliability Engineers, or
Site Reliability Operators, or
IT, Ops, or DevOps*.
Some of my time involves meetings
with software developers and engineers
solving software and service architectural problems
and coming to agreements on how to progress forward.
Sometimes I even write code
something I’ve been doing since 1983.
Other times I setup, configure, and maintain
large scale Internet infrastructures and web services.
The combination of those two functions has been my profession since 1993.
Over 20 years in this field.
It doesn’t really seem that long.
Probably because I’ve done well by it
And for the most part enjoyed the work very much.
I guess this fortune cookie turned out true
If maybe a bit after the fact had been well settled.
Had I received it 30 years ago, though,
I would’ve just said, “Duh, I’m going to do that anyway.”
* I consider DevOps to be an organizational structure and philosophy focused on development and operational practices. It is not IMHO a job title or position. Using it as such is frequently a sign that someone doesn’t know what they are talking about.
Alcohol content: a wee dram (Macallan Fine Oak 21 Year)