Cisco Systems, Inc. is upgrading software on its Catalyst 6500 switches to enable individual processes on the devices to run separately, allowing customers to reboot processes without taking the entire switch offline.
I believe that IT is not yet a profession because we do not learn from our mistakes. We do not change our behavior. We have not codified the body of knowledge gained from the past 40 years of experience, and we do not teach this knowledge in any coherent manner to those entering or already working in the field. Massive, multimillion-dollar debacles are not just isolated occurrences in IT. They are the norm.