1 - You Can't/ Shouldn't Virtualize Domain Controllers
This is complete BS.
2 - You Can't/Shouldn't Virtualize SQL Server Instances
This is also complete BS.
3 - Workplace Environment Doesn't Matter to IT Workers
Even more BS-er BS. It matters
4 - Automation is Hype
Complete and Utter BS. Without Automation, it's an endless sea of running in place and putting out fires with no real forward progress.
5 - It's Important to Keep Up with New Trends
It's more important to keep things running and find ways to improve them. If you can improve them with what you already have: you're a winner. If new trends are the only option: go for it.