Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Me and the Cloud
Don’t get me wrong, I love the boys in my company’s IT department (and by “boys”, I mean all of them regardless of gender). That said, the coming Cloud Revolution can’t come fast enough for me.
Picture this: Last week of the fiscal quarter, midst of a challenging economy, supporting users on every continent except Antarctica. At that point, I asked if I could be upgraded to Microsoft Office 2010, as I wanted to try out a particular feature to see if it would solve a business problem. By the time the dust settled, I had lost roughly 2 full days of productivity and was struggling to learn Windows 7 and to reload all my local apps. I’m still only about 80% back to full efficiency.
Was it the fault of IT? No, they did their best to satisfy my request, with the tools they had. Instead, I blame the continuing paradigm of locally owned programs. In the 21st century, with an always on, broadband connection, it‘s crazy that my non-mobile workstation has living on it buckets of software. They belong in the Cloud, administered and upgraded by someone who does that for a living and who isn’t worried about getting the VP his fiscal reports.
Thank heavens for Salesforce and come quickly, the rest of you SaaS apps!
- ▼ September (7)