We are all consumed, and rightly so, with the chaos rampaging the world economic system. And while I am not an economist, I don’t believe it takes one to realize the systemic dynamics underway. I see it every day in the most insignificant moments; the empty parking lot at the local lumber yard; the lack of a line at the most popular restaurants; the barrage of advertising for sales at major department stores; and of course the drumbeat of alarming news coming over the wires. So overwhelming are the implications of this crisis that one becomes numb just to cope with the turbulence. Unfortunately, things are bad, and likely to get worse.
I personally have become obsessed with the news – NPR, CNN, blogs, statistics – you name it. This I have learned is a “normal” response to confusion and fear – look to the experts to get perspective, guidance and reassurance. Of course there is the macro – the big impact news, and then there is the micro – how all of this effects you, our readers, colleagues and friends. This is unquestionably of great concern to us.
It is unclear how the “new world order” will look or how long it will take to settle down. But a few things are clear. Those supplying technology and solutions into the HPC community will need to make sure they are laser focused on what’s important. Budgets will be tight; companies will be realigning and merging, and the vendors who can hone in on critical needs and high-value solutions will find themselves in a much more sustainable position. Those consuming technology will, more than ever, be living under severe budget restrictions, and overused terms like TCO and ROI will take on a more powerful set of meanings. Lastly, those who provide the news, insight and guidance will become increasingly more valuable to everyday decision-making.
Our goal at Tabor is to be your partner and source of news, insight and inspiration as we weather this complicated and challenging storm.