What a clever and fun technology acronym for such an inadvertent use of both a social insect and a cool way of naming an Application! It stands for “Another Neat Tool” which was coined by author “James Duncan Davidson”. He also has a developer book titled “Cocoa in a Nutshell”…the name cracks me up!
For some reason every time I encounter this acronym, I’m drawn visually to that Disney movie called “Ants” where the troubled nerdy guy is the hero in the end with all the craziest tactics getting there. After reading the quotes from ant.apache.org the technology symbolism brings more colorful meaning.
“ants do an extremely good job at building things”, or “ants are very small and can carry a weight dozens of times their own” – describing what Ant is intended to be
The technical meaning is not quite as important as it is to the value of the story and history. The perception from a “seasoned” person can relate to the same story working with metaphoric Ants in the business world…They appreciate both the similarities and benefits from the fruitful outcomes based on a principal of truly working genuinely with the person around them. I know it’s cliché to say “Team Work” however all written history shows it in stories since the alleged existence of caveman. I’m sure it took more than a couple of them to start a fire together.
The same could be said for playing the role of a Solutions Architect. They try so hard to magically take virtualized IT resources and enable them work in the same way like a well-orchestrated symphony. For example, you may a massive state-of-the-art IT infrastructure such as LinkedIn that needs to have these Servers, Applications, Data, Network, Security, and hopefully Process First when working together in the same way architecturally like how the Ants float on water. Otherwise you would not have millions of end-users due to bad user experiences. Of course a few folks could be oblivious to the subtle difference between what to post on LinkedIn versus what they did at the late Friday night backyard Bar-B-Que.
The Exertion Minimalist & Automation Maximus – that’s me
One could be talking about the one who make millions automating their cash flow with very minimal exhausted effort/involvement or either referring to an organization’s IT infrastructure. I’m personally a fan of the “Keeping It Simple” approach. Some may shy from that belief that see the idea of “Complication” needs to equals “I’m very smart”. I’ll will give benefit of the doubt to those who only needs cleaned glasses for better vision and/or the basics of practical and objective logic (sometimes physics are required). I like to visualize Automate as to minimize the effort then get out of the way of yourself!
I’ll share some blogs later on this topic of automation while the point of this blog wasn’t to bore with techy talk. The moral of the story is intended to share a quote from Bill Gates and my favorite acronym “ANT”, which make my inside voice giggle. Maybe it gets you thinking too, maybe not. Remember though, we become what we think about as it’s been said.
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. -Bill Gates
-If only Ants could write code for us – Mike Reams