Perspective Is Everything, Or Is It?

Heidi Biggar

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

Did you know the movie E.T. was nearly entirely filmed from the eye-level of the children? I didn’t, or at least I don’t recall knowing this; it’s been years since I watched the movie in its entirety.

But what I do remember is being drawn into the story in a way no other film had done before, and I do remember my parents leaving the movie feeling similarly. I just never considered why until this past week.

As it turns out, it has a lot to do with perspective.

By using the filming technique he did (which also meant that adults were seen primarily from the waist down throughout the movie), Spielberg was able to create a very different experience for moviegoers. For adults, it ultimately meant seeing the story not just through the eyes of a child but as a child. Bingo!

Makes me wonder if one of the reasons we have such difficulty keeping New Year’s resolutions is because we often don’t have the right perspective.

Would E.T. have been the same film (enjoying the same level of success) had it been told from the eye-level of an adult? Probably not.

So, in addition to balancing good and bad, focusing on the process not just the end goal, replacing bad habits with better ones and so on, maybe we also need to make sure we have the right perspectives?

Do we really have the perspective of someone who has successfully completed a 15K or dropped 20 pounds? Does your backup team really see backup – the good, the bad and the ugly – from the viewpoint of application or business owners? Again, probably not.

However, if you’re like many folks, you may just be stuck. I’m not sure how much help I can be on the running or weight reduction front, but I do know we can help with the backup perspective.

In this short video, fellow TBW blogger and EMC BRS CTO Stephen Manley explains how backup teams can free themselves — and their businesses — from the grind that’s become daily backup and gain that all-important broader business perspective.

It’s actually Part III of Stephen’s Accelerating Transformation series, but not to worry. I’ll circle back next post and explain why donning a new perspective doesn’t have to meaning losing control. Be sure to check out the video and drop us a note if you’ve got a question.

Heidi Biggar

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.
Heidi Biggar
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About Heidi Biggar

I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

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