When I was in grade school, there was a piece of playground equipment called the merry-go-round. We would run as hard as we could while pushing the merry-go- round in a circle, and then we would jump on and ride. If we were lucky, we could get someone to stand on the sidelines and keep pushing, causing it to move faster and faster. The faster it went, the more exciting it got ­ until we could barely hang on any more. We knew that if we let go, we'd totally lose control and fly through the air to a very unwelcome landing.

When I think of the pace of activity – especially change – in our IT environments today, I am reminded of that merry-go-round. If you think of the pace of change in hardware and software technology, the demands of the underlying business, and the way we have to keep changing our processes and practices, the feelings are much the same, aren't they?

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