As 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.