Some customers welcome the cloud. Others would only use it if we pry their desktop keyboards from their cold, dead hands. So our plan is to continue to sell desktop applications bundled in suites that are augmented with web-based services in the cloud. So it was heartening to read Scott Adams' blog post today:
I was particularly fond of the quote:
"Designing a country from the furniture up would have been impractical twenty years ago. To do this sort of thing right, you need high end CAD software and the ability to visualize everything from the furniture to the street layout in 3D. You need smartphones. And you need a fiber optic Internet connection to every home."
— Scott Adams, Dilbert Cartoonist
We too see a world where everything is connected. Just like our transition from DOS to Windows, we see the world moving to a cloud/mobile/social platform. The smartphone and tablet are the new PC. Our path to get there is to support a variety of devices, old and new, until we all get there. Now that we have the cartoonists on board, surely the architects and engineers will follow. :-)
Diversity is alive in the lab.