Jim Adams is a one-man metaphor for the evolution of IT.
A 16-year veteran of Microsoft IT, Adams spent years working on a team that ran the Exchange, messaging, and SharePoint services internally for the company. A few years ago, when Microsoft decided to go “all-in” on cloud computing, Adams was asked to migrate those services from on-premises to Office 365.
“In essence, by doing that, I clouded myself out of a job,” Adams said.
Adams thought long and hard about what he wanted to do next.
“I realized it was time to adapt my skillset from running a huge enterprise service infrastructure to supporting a mobile-first, cloud-first user experience,” he said.
Embracing the industry’s transformation meant that the end of one thing was just the beginning of something even bigger. Adams is now a technology evangelist for IT Showcase. He travels all over the world talking to people about his own digital transformation as well as the journey of Microsoft IT in the cloud. He hopes companies can benefit from that experience.
“Believe it or not, Microsoft IT is a Microsoft customer—we like to say the first and best Microsoft customer, and IT Showcase is about exposing all of the knowledge and information that comes from that relationship,” Adams told a group of IT professionals at Microsoft Ignite 2016. “I go around to talk to people like you and answer questions you may have about how we deployed a technology or service. I’ll tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly—how we failed or stumbled, and ultimately how we persevered and succeeded in cracking a particular nut.”
Plenty of IT professionals are facing the same adaptive challenges. To hear more from Adams, including his tips for staying relevant in the fast-paced world of IT, read The great mindset migration on IT Showcase.