The Law of Time and Chaos

In the book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil introduces The Law of Time and Chaos. 


The Law of Time and Chaos:  In a process, the time interval between salient events (i.e., events that change the nature of the process, or significantly affect the future of the process) expands or contracts along with the amount of chaos.



This “Law” can easily be applied to workload automation.  If you are using multiple different solutions for managing your scheduled workloads, one can see that they can “change the nature of the process or significantly affect the future of the process.”   By introducing multiple solutions into a single automation process, you have no integration and introduce manual work efforts or are creating inefficient integration points by working to get technologies and processes to work together, even though that was not the original intent or design.


As workload automation has become more sophisticated over the last decade, many data centers have continued to evolve their workload automation solution by adding on tools for new platforms (like Linux, Virtual Machines, and Clouds) and new functions (such as adding application work, file transfers, etc.).  Most data centers today run a mix of vendor tools and manual scripts.  At a time when service delivery is essential, this is a risky route to go as it does not provide an efficient automation process, nor does it provide the basis for a highly scalable solution for the future.


According to Kurzweil, The Law of Time and Chaos leads to one of two very different paths – The Law of Increasing Chaos and The Law of Accelerating Returns.

The Law of Increasing Chaos:  As chaos exponentially increases, time exponentially slows down (i.e., the time interval between salient events grows longer as time passes).

The Law of Accelerating Returns:  As order exponentially increases, time exponentially speeds up (i.e., the time interval between salient events grows shorter as time passes).

Today, every data center has the option of going down the path of “The Law of Accelerating Returns” by running a single workload automation solution that offers a single view of all workloads in the enterprise.  An integrated solution –one designed to work that way – offers “order” and reduces the time interval between salient events.  As The Law Of Accelerating Returns states, you now have the efficiencies and scalability needed for service delivery and future growth.  


Which path are you taking in The Law of Time and Chaos for your workload automation – The Law of Increasing Chaos or The Law of Accelerating Returns?

These postings are my own and do not necessarily represent BMC's position, strategies, or opinion.

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Robin Reddick

Robin Reddick

Robin is a senior solutions marketing manager at BMC. She has a breadth of expertise in IT operations, security, compliance, and mainframe with over 30 years in the industry.