Supernatural tech support is actually a high paying job

Have you ever felt like your computer was possessed?  Many computer users, including Brendan Spaar, sometimes get the feeling that glitches in their gadgets are outside of their control.  Some users go to great lengths to protect their data from corruption or theft including placing bible verses on their computer screens, saying a prayer before starting work, and even shaking a gris-gris bag when working on important documents.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, and feel that your technology is possessed, you should look up Reverend Joey Talley.  Reverend Joey is a self proclaimed Wiccan witch with a specialty in supernatural tech support.  Brendan Spaar knows that you may be thinking that this is just a fairy tale but major tech companies like Facebook, Salesforce, and Apple have used the Reverend to ward off evil spirits living in their technology.

For those of you who have solved the unsolvable tech problems where the only explanation is divine intervention, your skills command a high salary.  Reverend Joey charges clients $200 an hour for removing evil spirits from technology.  There is no word if she needs to come back monthly for “update patches” to keep the spirits at bay.


Cloud computing killed the Infrastructure star

Yamaha migrates all of their data servers and applications to Amazon Web Services
Brand: AWS
Manufacturer: Amazon Web Services

If you  have been following technology trends for the last 3 years like Brendan Spaar has, you will notice that companies are outsourcing all of their infrastructure into the cloud.  Outsourcing once was a term used to describe moving labor overseas for cheaper more competitive cost.  Now it is not only the labor that is going away, but the physical hardware that the labor once supported.  It will not be long until there are only a few major players in the server infrastructure world.  Those major players currently are AT&T, CenturyLink, Amazon, Google, and Oracle.  Should Systems Engineers fear for their jobs and jump ship to one of these companies?  Not just yet says Brendan Spaar, technology expert from Atlanta Georgia.  Many companies are just starting to get their first taste of infrastructure outsourcing in the lower lifecycles of their organizations.  Very few companies are actually moving production applications into the cloud at this time.  This is mainly because they are uncertain of how to ensure that customer data is secure and passes strenuous regulatory audits.

For now, if you are a systems engineer and don’t have some experience with public cloud technology, you had better start learning, fast.  Yamaha has already moved all of its data, servers, and applications to Amazon Web Services.  Brendan Spaar sees manufacturing companies like Yamaha making this move first with financial and health care being the last industry holdouts.  This is all in an effort to virtualize and automate the data center.  If someone else can do it faster, better, and cheaper than you can internally, it makes more sense to outsource it.  It’s time for Systems Engineers to sharpen their skills and become more like architects and less like admins if they want to keep their jobs in the post cloud world.