Yesterday I had a meeting with a UK SMB manufacturer at their facility in Yorkshire, it was a really good meeting hearing about what they do, how they do it, the goals for the business and the challenges they see. They also wanted to learn more about Autodesk PLM 360 as they see that as a solution that will help them reach some of their goals and help the business grow. But that's not the reason for this post!
When I arrived back at my home office, I opened up my laptop, turned on and was promptly presented with this....
....the 250Gb solid state drive I have\had in my laptop had failed.
The last time this happened to me was about 2 years ago with a different laptop and my response then and now was very different. 2 years ago when this happened I felt my stomach sink and that thought of:
"when did I last back up my hard drive, how much data have I lost, how long is it going to take me to re-install and configure everything"
Yesterday, there was no sinking feeling in my stomach, hardly even a raised eyebrow to be honest. The reason? The only thing on this laptop really is the Operating System - all of my data is automatically sync'd to cloud storage and the majority of applications I use are now SaaS, there's hardly any software installed locally.
I use all the usual tools and software - 3D CAD, PLM, Analytics, CRM, HR, diagramming, documents, email, presentations, image editing etc, but all via Software as a Service using my web browser. I can work on any hardware, anywhere, any time. There's no down time, there's no lengthy software install and configuration. When my hard drive failed it was literally a case of moving 30cm from one keyboard to another, and I have access to all of the same capability and data on an 8 year old desktop PC through my web browser.
I've ordered a replacement hard drive which should hopefully be delivered this morning, and my laptop is currently in pieces on my desk awaiting the arrival of said hard drive.
At the moment I'm using my old desktop PC to access all the same data (about 30Gb worth) and software applications that I use on my laptop. I've not had to download, install or configure anything to do this.
This is the real power of the cloud - any time, anywhere access quickly and easily, its business as usual.