What sets you apart when it comes to delivering sustained results is not what you know but what you are capable to learn…


The challenge in staying current with Information Technology comes from how fast the industry continually changes.  Moore’s Law is often quoted “overall processing power for computers will double every two years” but I’ve found extreme evolutionary pace applies to application development as well. 

In my view the pace of change in software engineering is even more significant and harder to keep up with.  Processing power has focussed on doing the same thing faster, smaller and with greater power efficiency.  Software engineering has also invented completely new ways to design, develop, deliver and operate software.

Take Salesforce.com for example which I started working with in 2007.  Since then the platform has become more capable as significant new business functionality has been added three times a year.  Acquisitions like Heroku, Pardot and ExactTarget have broadened the definition of what “Salesforce” means.  Deep expertise across the full Salesforce suite becomes harder and harder to maintain.

What you need to know iStock_000014937781_Double 800x600Maintaining a high level of capability with software platforms like Salesforce means committing to a journey of continual learning and often progressive specialisation.

What I knew at the start of my career about Burroughs B6700 mainframes and PDP-11 mini-computers is now totally irrelevant.  What remains constantly valuable is knowing where and how to research and where and when to ask for help.

In September 2015 I’m off to Dreamforce in San Francisco which will be my fourth pilgrimage to what has become the largest annual IT conference on the planet.  Of course the networking and inspirational keynote speeches will be great, but I go primarily to learn and to absorb a vision of what is coming next.

Being part of the global Salesforce community is an exciting immersion in continual learning!

 

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