Small Business Susan

Ned Ludd and change

In 1812 it’s reported that a large body of people, no less than 2,000 commenced an attack, stones were thrown, windows were smashed, muskets were discharged, and shockingly the death of three, the wounding of ten.


Why did all of this occur?  Because Ned Ludd was afraid of change.  He and his followers saw mechanized looms and changes produced by the Industrial Revolution as leaving them without work and changing their entire way of life.  As a result of this shift, a group of people led by Ned Ludd, or General Ludd, started destroying machines to keep from change, in the hope that in destroying the machines, they could stop change. 


Now we use the word “Luddite” to mean the same as anyone who opposes the advance of technology.


When you step back and realize how violently this luddite movement came to be, it takes you back a bit.  Luddites we are not these days.  We are embracing change.  I would hope that none of us would go to the extreme of breaking machines in an attempt to stop technology change.  I think it’s wise to hold back a bit and wait for the hype storm to blow over.  I think it’s wise to investigate and ASK actual users of the different hosted solutions and not just read the blog posts.  Most are saying that the future will hold a blend of both, of picking solutions based on the needs of the client and hopefully not just because it’s the one that gives you the biggest revenue stream.


I was a near Luddite the other day when jumping to conclusions regarding the changes to the Microsoft partner program.  I’ll be the first to admit it was influenced by a dislike of the use of twitter as a Q&A medium (that appears to be the latest thing at Microsoft these days as even the Virtualization folks are urging folks to ask questions to #MSVirt)


When you download PDF of the “Value of Earning a Microsoft Competency Guide” you can be rest assured that it is NOT the complete guide to the Microsoft Partner network.  While it does talk about the two partner competency program (think of the old Gold and Certified partner program slots), it does NOT go into the Small Business Specialist Community requirements/changes other than a teeny teeny teeny teeny tiny footnote on the very bottom of the very last page that just reassures us that it’s not going away.  From what the folks indicated in the West regional phone call and in comments I’ve seen on various places, they too assure everyone that the SBSC single person credential will NOT go away.  Action pack is expanding to include Technet (and my impression is that the price tag of Action pack may go up a little bit as a result) in May .  In April more information will be given out regarding SBSC credential, requirements, action pack and all that.   So for now rest assured that it will not go away and hang loose and wait for more information to come in April regarding the SBSC program.  So March 18th in my mind was not the FINAL word on the changes to the Microsoft partner network but rather the START of the word on the changes to the Microsoft partner network.


On a related topic of change, I found it interesting that even Paul Thurrott is saying that he has “Google Fatigue” and it manifests itself in anxiety of change.  He feels like Google is on a hyperpaced road to turn into the next IBM and he doesn’t think that’s good technology.  He predicts that the end game of Google will be that governments will be mandating what they do because they will become that important to economies and governments.


So don’t be a luddite.  Embrace change.  Just don’t go overboard with the hype.  There’s a balance out there. 



1 comment so far ↓

  • #   Dean on 03.22.10 at 3:01 pm     

    Twitter is just about dead. I read that only about 10% of the people who use Twitter actually post tweets. The rest just read them. That’s not sustainable unless the techies keep it going with tech support stuff.