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Put these IT goals into action in the coming year

Forget the gym and eating healthy. These New Year's resolutions from fellow data center professionals will give you goals that you can achieve in 2015.

We polled professionals all over the data center map to learn the IT goals they want to focus on in the new year...

and what they'd like to see the IT industry accomplish in 2015.

For some, it's budgets, for others it's getting the right tools in place to get the job done. Many data center professionals aim for better communication, within IT and with the business, or facilities. Here are some of the many IT goals they shared that don't involve the gym or eating more vegetables:

New Year's resolutions

I want to establish a realistic budget and stick to it. I'm also looking into a completely new website for the company. In 2015, we need to exploit and utilize IT as much as possible, including a new disaster recovery solution.
-- Christopher Steffen, director of IT at Magpul Industries Corp., a designer and manufacturer of firearms and accessories in Erie, Colo.

My resolution has to do with the mind-set that I have in terms of managing the data centers, and take down the walls (figuratively!) between facilities and IT. I want to join up every IT entity that has any involvement with physical hardware. Not everyone knows what we have here. My responsibility is to make sure everyone understands what it means when the hot air goes into a chimney, what it means when the water is cooled outside, and get them excited about it.
-- Josh Neyer, global head of data centers for TransUnion, a credit bureau and services company headquartered in Chicago

For me it is not a resolution, it is rather a wish. As a consultant, I would like procurement departments to be in line with the needs of IT. To do so, objectives of both have to be aligned.

Currently, the [procurement department] has to reduce costs no matter what and the [IT department] has to deliver projects with quality, on time and [most of all] has to meet the needs of its customers. To do this, experienced peoples must be hired!
-- Jean-Francois Dery, IT management advisor in Montreal

I'm relatively new to being a vice president, and I'm working on how to best help my leaders and team grow and progress in their careers. The 'people stuff' is always harder than technology stuff.

I also took over Facebook's board position on the Open Compute Project, which I aim to focus on adoption and [the volume of that adoption] by working with the non-Webscale enterprise IT shops. It needs to solve their problems. OCP is well-known for server and data center design, and it's coming out with the Honey Badger microserver adapter, and project Knox [now Open Vault] storage sled.
-- Jason Taylor, VP of infrastructure at Facebook, a social media company based in Menlo Park, Calif.

I've been in this role for about 12 months, and my goal for 2015 is to continue evolving the culture of our workers. My goal is for them to see the larger picture -- stop thinking about the servers, about the [uninterruptible power supply], about the network, and look up. In order for CMC to profit, we rely on IT services.

There are multiple steps to get there, where everyone in our global IT operations is thinking about how they support services for internal and external users. There are a host of tools from the individual components to the application level that help monitor and measure success.

While we're innovating in new services, I also want to mature IT operations -- always reducing the noise of unnecessary incidents, including automated event correlation tools to speed troubleshooting. I'm a Lean Six Sigma black belt, and my team has to put up with that.
-- Steve Waldroop, director of IT operations at Commercial Metals Company, a metals recycling and manufacturing company based in Irving, Texas

My New Year's resolution is to learn more about the impact of containerized applications and container scheduling on data center networks.
-- Jon Langemak, CCNP/IP, a network engineer at a Minnesota-based corporation

Here's a resolution for the IT industry: Don't do it yourself. Get away from in-house, homegrown stuff. That used to be really good 10 years ago, but the sophistication is growing exponentially. Maybe you can make it work in the beginning, but you're going to build up a ton of technical debt. Focus on what you do best, not what you 'can' do.
--Justin Franks, lead operations engineer at Lithium Technologies Inc., a social customer relationship software provider in San Francisco

My aim is to get people to stop thinking of dissipated power as waste heat and start thinking of it as an energy recycling opportunity. That changes your approach and improves how you design and utilize resources. It's also a goal for companies to give the appreciation and respect that's due to the power engineering stakeholder, who's underappreciated until there's an issue. With green/eco a global topic, power is at the table. Power is behind everything and limits everything, from portability of Internet of Things devices to processor capabilities.
-- Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox principal, a consulting firm based in San Jose, Calif.

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What's your IT goal or New Year's resolution for 2015?
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My goal is to become more conversant in Docker and how it can speed up parallel test runs and cut time for routine interactions. that, and a focus on getting more into front end development understanding for better testing :).
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Goal is to build a DevOps team who is not only capable to handle the infrastructure administration part but even apply quick fixes by introducing automation
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My goal is to expand on our organization’s successes with continuous delivery (CD) and self-service testing options by preparing for additional CD efforts in our other custom software platforms and expanding out self-service offerings, such as dashboards that not only allow the project team to see the results of an automated test, but to also launch that test if they so desire.
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There is a long-standing tradition that at the start of the New Year we make resolutions we hope to, but rarely can, accomplish (such as going to the gym each day, exercising more, losing weight, etc.).

So here is my list of what I wish to accomplish during the upcoming year:

From reading posts in professional discussion groups, determine who makes the best UPS.

Empirically answer the question: Which is best: Cold or Hot Aisle containment?

End the debate on the best way to build a data center: raised floor or slab floor?

Devise a method to compute, to the nearest second, when a battery will fail.

I should be able to fulfill all of my resolutions, right?
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I'll encourage anyone who does determine to make resolutions to remember the rule of three (i.e. if any goal cannot be isolated into three steps, you've guaranteed yourself a vague goal that will unlikely be accomplished).
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