Restarting may feel almost as hard as starting from nothing. But it’s not, and part of what makes it easier is that we already know quite a bit about where we are going.
It is a new year, and that offers all of us to be a “new you”, but we will never ever really be able to start from scratch.
I will also be restarting the Daily PPILL next week, but I wanted to share what to expect in 2023:
- Will still be Daily. Why? Isn’t it the Daily PPILL? Frankly, it is about the habit and the discipline it creates.
- It may be even shorter some days. I heard from a few of you that short is good. Let’s build on that.
- But there will be longer form content as well. As I mentioned at some point, I feel I am shortchanging some of you who may want to hear about business-related topics that I may have something to contribute about, and many times it is not possible to do a decent job at it in just a few paragraphs. Because of this, I am committing to create, once a week, a longer piece of content, about the Channel, Operations, and/or Services. Will figure out a way to appeal to the TLDR crowd among you.
This year promises to be very challenging one. Many of the usual experts have been talking about recession and we have already seen some good people let go of their positions in response to this contraction. But I remain optimistic and I think that the industry as a whole will adapt and flourish, mostly because technologists, when we see challenges and complexity, we don’t flee, we run towards it. Here’s a few other reasons:
- The “new normal” isn’t going away, and we still haven’t figured it out. Remote work, and a significant number of people migrating from region to region opens lots of opportunities that we haven’t thought about. We are more efficient when we don’t have to commute and when we can run the dryer at the same time we work on our emails, but we also crave to get out of the house and see other people.
- Cybersecurity concerns have only increased in the last few months and attackers are becoming undiscriminating. There is a huge opportunity in identifying threats and making our digital ecosystem more secure.
- Some disruptive technologies are on the cusp of becoming mainstream. In my opinion, the most disruptive technologies (in my area, I know Cold Fusion is out there), are 5G, AI, Blockchain, and IoT. AI has made headlines lately, and once we get over FTX, Blockchain will come back with increased momentum. 5G’s impact hasn’t been as big, mostly because of the operators’ strategy of having a 4G & 5G networks coexist, but as equipment ages, we’ll see more 5G coverage.
- The above will all be underpinned by the global supply chain resurrecting from its ashes. We’ll see a different model, with more domestic production and near-shoring (didn’t Biden, Lopez-Obrador, and Trudeau just meet?), but the factories in China will come back online providing some surplus, which will tame inflation; all this, in the fading challenges of a global pandemic.
We should be very grateful, here’s to 2023 and a whole year of possibilities!