This week is Maori Language Week and there is a beautiful Maori proverb: He aha te mea nui o te ao, he tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata which translated:  What is the most important thing in the world - it is people it is people it is people. 

This is also the week I attended the IT Architecture Forum and NZ DevOps Forum as part of the Salt Technology Team.  With several speakers each day, a recurring message regarding what was important as Kevin Angland General Manager Digital Services, Mercury said he tāngata he tāngata he tāngata. So simple! 

Tom Cully founder of BlackRaven said DevOps is a culture of collaboration and communication that can both create and enable innovation and disruption. Failure to innovate, disrupt and respond to disruption can be fatal for an organisation. And current disruptive technologies present unique challenges. 

The energy and honesty from Jeff Johnston (or should I say Eff Ohnston  - you had to be there) Tech Area Lead Westpac  was fantastic, and the "show-stopping room on the edge" content from Glen Willoughby IT Advisor – Office of the CTIO, NASA JPL & Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Victoria, Wellington had everyone hooked on NASA and it's unique environment and case studies which are literally out of this world!

Amber Craig Co-Founder & Chair Trustee, Whare Hauora shared her own journey home and the journey of Whare Hauroa - an organisation whose vision is "An Aotearoa, where your home does not make you sick".  Slides and selfies were included with one particular slide I loved: "He rangi tā matawhāiti, He rangi tā matawhnāui - translated:  A person with a narrow vision has a restricted view. 

So today is a new day, let's keep innovating and disrupting and remember he tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata!

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