5/27/2016

We're Living in the Technology Revolution

We were the first kids on the block to get Pong, the video game with two paddles, ball traveled back and forth on the black and white tv.

We were the first kids on the block to get Atari.  All the kids lined up to have a chance at asteroids, space invaders, breakout.

We were the first kids on the block to get an IBM PC computer, or any computer for that matter.  It had a color chrome monitor, two floppy disk drives, no hard drive, programs got booted into memory.  Also had an Epson dot matrix printer for english class papers as well as a 1200 baud modem, top of the line back then, most had 300 baud.

Who did we call?  BBS.  Bulletin Board Systems.  Local ones.  People ran them out of their house, called the Sysop, or system operation.  You could ping them, they'd respond, instant chat, back in 1984.  I was 13 or 14 years old.

I'd search for programs to download.  As well as lists of other phone numbers to dial, explore, investigate.

I went to the Smithsonian Museum in 2000.  Saw the exact same machine there.  Wow.  A relic.

The interesting thing, I still get excited about computers and programs and new technology.  Curiosity.  It never ends.  We are living in the technology revolution.  How lucky is that~!

Only Concern with Cloud Infrastructure is Fuzzy Billing

The cloud is the future.  It's also the present.  And the reasons are many.  Remote workforce.  Redundant storage and backups for disaster recover.  Spin up Virtual Machines in a few minutes.  Connect from anywhere.  Integrate with Active Directory.  Reduce infrastructure costs.  Scale up easily.  Basically rent the software, hardware, infrastructure as a service.  All true.

So what is the main issue with moving to the cloud?  Dynamic costs.

Why not create a sandbox area for developers to poke around without racking up bills?

Why must a server or service be torn down when not in use to save on costs?  What happens when you want to continue your work, you have to re-build out the entire infrastructure.  Why not have a way to "pause" or "snapshot" like a ghost image?

As another option to dynamic pricing, how about offering a scaled down version at fixed costs.  If you want additional features, you can pick and choose, add to the price.  That removes the unknown from the equation, which may drive more business.

What about having a rep from the vendor guide users through the available options, make suggestions based on users needs and upgrade options down the road?  As you may already know, the cloud offerings are many, and not everyone knows all the possible features or upcoming services.  And they would check in from time to time, every quarter maybe, to discuss needs again, look for changes or up-sell.

Or maybe a discount for people migrating off another vendor.

The cloud is the future.  Only concern potentially is the fuzzy billing and not knowing the true costs until the invoice shows up.