Response:IT Adoption Cycle (There, I Fixed It)

Guy called Simon Wardley, who is one of cloudy boosters published this riff on the IT adoption cycle. Which is pretty funny while being insulting at the same time on his Adoption Cycles post:

Enterprise adoption cycle 1

I felt that there is some truth in the observations here, but he missed some key data. What he missed was that by the time most Enterprise IT managers get hold of an idea (who are the fount of all IT wisdom and knowledge according to the consultants) the engineers are mostly bored by it. They’ve already gotten into it and started using it. This is where Managers usually start accusing engineers of “not understanding business” or “using process”.

Case in point : VMware. Was being used by engineers and developers long before execs finally latched onto the value of it.

So I developed this handy chart to fix the adoption curve with the correct plot points.

Enterprise adoption cycle 2

Don’t thank me. It was obvious. Of course.

About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

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  • Chris

    Good stuff..

  • Dan Shechter

    Good point. It happened to me so many times. But usually when I implement something new, right towards the end of the project, some manager “takes over” and makes it his flag project.

    I don’t mind, as long as I am not the one building their power point presentations.

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