An article about Cloud Technology Partners came out in the Boston Globe last week citing our Cambridge Technology Partners heritage. Many of us look back on our CTP days with fondness and it’s not unusual to hear someone remark that CTP was the best job they’d ever had. So is working here like the old CTP days? Well, yes and no.
Yes, because it’s the same high energy buzz in the air when you have a lot of great people who are doing work that excites them, with colleagues who value each other. There’s the same commitment to high quality work and delighting our clients, working with them rather than just for them. And there’s that edge of anxiety when you know you’re pushing the boundaries of technology capabilities, our client’s ability to handle change and our own skill sets. The tools in the cloud space are just as immature as our tools were in the early client/server and internet days. There’s the ever present laughter and good natured teasing to lighten the moment. And that little bit of competitive underdog that relishes beating out the bigger players.
What’s new is the complexity of the problems we’re tackling with our clients. Gone are the days when we could focus on a strategic application, a call center or a middleware implementation. Now we’re doing as much infrastructure analysis and strategy as we are applications, and looking at entire application portfolios moving to the cloud rather than a single application. Our new colleagues from the data center, infrastructure and operations worlds have added great depth to our knowledgebase and richness to our perspectives. In the old CTP days, the budget for an entire project rarely topped $10 million, now our clients are looking at transformations of their entire application portfolios with price tags orders of magnitude higher. Drinking from the fire hose has become standing at the bottom of the dam when they open up the floodgates. It is a good thing that we’re all older, grayer and have gained considerable experience in our intervening years, but still have enough kid-right-out-of-school energy to walk willingly into the torrent.
Welcome to CTP on steroids…Come join the party.