From humble beginnings growing up in Hawaii, Mark Thiele found himself
doing odd jobs after high school trying to find his way in the world. He found
himself in the unlikely position of being a computer technician, and with no
formal education quickly became a self-taught engineer; rebuilding
computers and then complex software environments such as kernels and
operating systems. Mark then got involved with data centers quite by
accident, just being in the right place at the right time. Throughout his
storied career, he has been involved in every facet of the data center and
critical infrastructure; from construction to turn-up, site reliability
engineering, DevOps, SaaS, Cloud, and now 5G and Edge. His passion for
technology is only surpassed by his drive towards making things more
efficient and creating unique solutions to complex problems.
As Thiele puts it, the next generation won’t know how to start a fire, make
dinner, find and meet friends or simply know the essential life skills without
technology. We have created an “information now” culture where everyone
expects information at their fingertips in real-time, wherever they may be.
Change is inevitable; it is evident by the experiential transformation
generated by companies like Amazon, Uber, Lyft, Door Dash, Uber Eats,
Facebook, and other such platforms. As the world becomes more connected,
and we become increasingly dependent on technology, the infrastructure
supporting it becomes society’s lifeblood.
We’re on the precipice, and the future could be extremely tenuous if we don’t
address the foundational needs of technology and humanity. COVID-19 is an
excellent example of mother nature telling us; it’s time to reset. This is an
opportunity to work on the basics, a foundation whereby we don’t end up
building a house of cards. It’s not the end of the world; it’s a new beginning.
According to Thiele, “The technology industry owes the world now; the
industry has made a lot of money off the world. The vast majority of that
money has been made off of nothing. Facebook is 80% nothing. Google
searches. 80% nothing. It's not like we're sending somebody to the moon
with the technology built. It's not like we're curing cancer with the
technology being built, we are creating a lot of nothing, and they're getting a
lot of money for it. And it's time for those industries to figure out a way to
help guide the population into the future”
Thiele has amassed a proven track record of trendspotting with a deep
understanding how those trends would impact the evolution of the
information technology industry. As a result, he has become one of the
industry’s preeminent thought leaders.