Mr. Bobvious revels in “appified” cloud management tools - ParkMyCloud

Mr. Bobvious revels in “appified” cloud management tools

Enterprise-appsAs a seasoned IT Ops professional, Mr. Bobvious spends his weekdays—and sadly, some of his weekends—going back and forth between his iPhone and his desktop management tools. Get text on iPhone from marketing director about web site load times. Go to desktop web site performance analytics software. Back to iPhone to read email from CIO about MTTR. Then back to desktop to look at logs.

After enough back and forths between mobile to desktop to mobile to desktop, Mr. Bobvious began to resent his desktop. Not his desktop exactly, but the software running on it. “Why,” he asked himself, “can’t software or SaaS tools be as easy and intuitive to use as mobile apps?”

He thought about all of the challenges with traditional, “big” software:

  • It always needs to be customized and integrated, regardless of what the vendor said during the sales process. This takes a lot of internal resources and lengthens the ROI cycle.
  • It always requires training, no matter what the vendor said during the sales process.
  • It is always more complicated to use, no matter what the vendor said during the sales process.
  • It always has more features than we need and not all the features we absolutely need…no matter what the vendor said during the sales process.

“Ugh. This is exactly the problem with most cloud management platforms (CMPs),” Mr. Bobvious thought. “They’re a mile wide and an inch deep. There’s no killer app. And even if there was one great feature, the ROI takes months or years to realize.”

All of this helped Mr. Bobvious really appreciate ParkMyCloud, the automated EC2 start/stop scheduler he subscribed to last year. Dead simple to start up and use, no integration, gorgeous UI. And the speed and ease of implementation drops the payback period from months or years to literally days.


About Jay Chapel

Jay Chapel is the CEO and co-founder of ParkMyCloud. After spending several years in the cloud management space, Jay saw that there was no simple solution to the problem of wasted cloud spend – which led him to start ParkMyCloud in 2015. Before that, he spent 10+ years with Micromuse and IBM Tivoli, a provider of business infrastructure management software. After an acquisition by IBM, he led the successful sales integration and subsequent growth of the IBM Tivoli/Netcool business in Europe. He also held several regional and worldwide sales roles in Switzerland, the UK and the US. Jay earned both a BA in Finance and an MBA from West Virginia. Those few hours a month that Jay’s not busy with ParkMyCloud’s growth and success, you can find him on the ski slopes, on the soccer field, or on the golf course often accompanied by his three kids.

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