My friend Jeff Urdan, honcho of VeaMea (a friendly competitor of ours that uses a client-server architecture), sent me an interesting email yesterday with the title “A laugh for your blog?” Apparently the big guys, realizing they’re a little behind in desktop videoconferencing innovation (read: not optimized for ad hoc workflow), are using the ‘ol “vaporware” approach to slow the startups down. (Microsoft was king of that approach back in the day. Guess who’s part of this?)
SaaS (“Software as aService” and pronounced “sass”) and Cloud Computing have been all the blog rage lately. To be honest, rightfully so. I personally remember when Best Buy and Circuit City (Who?) had racks and racks of software, distributed on CDs or floppies, in paperboard boxes the size of a ream of copy paper.
I also remember how big a deal it was to change cubicles ‘back in the day.’ Transferring all my data and applications from one station to another wasn’t a HUGE deal, but it wasn’t a picnic either.
Today, my local Best Buy has one rack in a back corner and Sony has announced the floppy is dead. To the best of my knowledge, we’ve never sold VSee on disc. As for changing computers…well, most of my data is on external drives that I can just connect to the new computer. I’m seriously considering moving it all to the cloud.