The summer solstice/Fourth of July timeframe is my New Years. I mean it's the time when I buy into the concepts traditionally hyped around Jan. 1 in cultures influenced by the Roman Empire. But it's also new year, as in the year of the ox, Rosh Hashanah, the first Sunday of Advent, etc. all rolled into one. I guess this is some throwback to the school year (which in my case was a long, long time ago) or more likely to the way the two major market-research firms I worked for ran their businesses (determining at the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere summer what they would "sell" in the following calendar year).
So this is the time to start thinking about what's next in my IT research agenda, to level set, to get off the tangents down which breaking news or personal IT likes or dislikes have led my opinionating, to go back and confirm or deny assumptions and definitions that affect the answers you provide me in my research, to question all my own IT biases. (If you have responsibility for an IT budget that runs on a calendar year, you might want to think the same way about that process in this timeframe. I think the bean counters call if zero-based budgeting.)
If I hadn't needed my own background and experience to start this process off, Oracle did it for me by beginning to deliver on July 1 the "middleware" upgrade it had promised on May 5, 2007. At various times in July and August I'll take a look at what's new in that Oracle announcement and provide some opinion. The mass of the Oracle message makes almost any one-paragraph summary you've seen to date in the blogs or technical press frivolous.
But in a sense the Oracle "middleware" announcement also sets my 2009-2010 research agenda. I see five overarching questions in the Oracle announcement that are the most important issues you face as an IT staffer or manager, not just in 2010 but throughout the 2010-2019 decade:
As you start planning for the next decade or even the next calendar year, what are your cosmic questions? Send me an e-mail or post a comment.