What technology has been the biggest game-changer over the past decade?

I'm going to answer this a little bit more generically; I think a lot of the productivity tools have been significantly game-changing for me. Especially working in these late-stage startups, things like Slack and Teams in the collaboration and communication space have been what has essentially allowed me to scale in a way that I have not been able to in any other capacity. So, if I measure this based on purely my capability and execution, I would say things like Slack and Teams; productivity tools.

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I'm going to answer this a little bit more generically; I think a lot of the productivity tools have been significantly game-changing for me. Especially working in these late-stage startups, things like Slack and Teams in the collaboration and communication space have been what has essentially allowed me to scale in a way that I have not been able to in any other capacity. So, if I measure this based on purely my capability and execution, I would say things like Slack and Teams; productivity tools.
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I'm going to go back to the very outskirts of this 15-year limit, because I've always been efficiency oriented and applied innovative thinking around developing more efficiency, whether it's for my team or delivering applications for the rest of the business. In 1999, I first approached HP about, I didn’t call it cloud, better utilization of hardware, and the labs told me at the time that they're working on something called utility or grid computing. About three years later (2002) at Gilead, I brought VMware in and it changed my life through the ability to grow that business and provide for unique ways to solve existing problems that no VMware person would have even advertised for at the time. It really was a game changer. At the time, that was the biggest single change to how I could deliver services and applications to my customers and enable their growth without significantly adding more bodies, and that was critical. I mean, they were an academic group who saw IT as just noise in the background to their big brains building new drugs, and so it was really hard to get money.
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I agree with both the cloud computing and collaboration tools. But I think I'd make it a little more personal; I'll go with the G Suite and Office 365 because I sleep a lot better. I look back earlier in my career how often the exchange server was down at 3AM, or the file server was down or somebody couldn’t connect the VPN to get to it or whatever, and it's amazing what a time sink that was and how much time is saved as well as cost. Alsom everyone actually likes the tools, which is even better, whereas prior to that it seemed like everything we gave them they didn't like. I mean, when it came to the much older versions of those collaboration tools.
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I really struggled not to think about the mobile phone. I mean, especially when you're going back 10/15 years because it was only 2007 that the iPhone was released. I find it fascinating to go back and watch Steve Jobs' introduction of the iPhone in January of 2007. I remember exactly how I responded emotionally to watching things like the pinch and zoom with photos and just the whole interface, thinking, "It's not possible that they actually made it work that way in real life, this is a demo." And then, when I got my first phone, I was just amazed. Fast forward 14 years to today, there is so much stuff that I can do on this thing. In some cases what I find most incredible are the applications that can really only be done on the phone. The things where they integrate GPS, the cameras, AR, etc. I use Ubiquiti in my home setup, and I love the little AR thing that they have. When you get to your switchboard it'll tell you exactly which switch port maps to which device on your home network. I mean, it's like, "Who would've thunk," that we would have a little phone that would be able to help us see that kind of stuff? I find that really incredible.
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I'm going to say SAP. Not that I want to give them a plug or that I ever worked for them, but for me it was the first big project I really worked on at that size and scale, and globally, and it taught me a couple things. It taught me about the integrated nature of doing business. One configuration change over here can cascade all the way down and screw something up all the way over there. And knowing how all of the pieces of your business go from end to end, and then being part of an effort that is just so Herculean, I always tell people in IT if you've never actually worked on an SAP project or some large ERP, you just don't really have a sense of what being an IT professional is like. So, for me, that was game changing.
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Public cloud. Just look at all the new online platforms and services available, on-premise to cloud migrations, cloud-native businesses that have sprung up, and so on.
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