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Are Capacity Planning Skills Lost to Retirement?

We’ve all heard a lot about the “aging workforce” with the start of the baby boomer generation beginning their retirement journey. With this generation leaving the workforce, are certain skills retiring with them? One of the skills borne with the advent of mainframes, and coincidently the birth of baby boomers’ careers, was capacity planning.

So, are we losing capacity planning skills with retirement? Are the basic tenets of performance analysis and capacity planning being abandoned with the implementation of more adaptive and cheaper computing technologies? Is good enough good enough? Right or wrong, are these new technologies and compute delivery mechanisms being perceived as making capacity planning obsolete?

Applications or services used to be comprised of a single machine – so capacity planning was fairly straightforward. Now you have multi-tiered applications with heterogeneous system types supporting the various tiers of an application. The explosion of cloud computing (private, public, hybrid) has added even more complexity to the equation. Don’t these complex service delivery inner workings require even more focus on capacity planning than before?

I’m interested in hearing what you are seeing in your organizations. Are new people acquiring an appreciation for the art of capacity planning and have they been trained? Is capacity planning being abandoned, or is it simply evolving?

One Response to “Are Capacity Planning Skills Lost to Retirement?”

  1. comment number 1 by: Bob Wescott

    When I retired from computing I felt a strong urge to give back the ideas, tools, tricks, and techniques that enabled a lot of good work. I wrote a book on the subject, but there are a lot of people who don’t do dead-tree based information so I moved a lot of it to The Every Computer Performance blog at

    I strongly urge those leaving the playing field to share their best stuff with the next generation through blogs, books, or whatever works for you. The kind notes and messages I’ve gotten back from readers are wonderful and have more than paid me back for the time I’ve spent sharing what I used to do.

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