The Cloud, a passing technical fad?

Everyone’s talking about the Cloud. Until recently, I thought it was just a passing technical fad. Just like a few years ago, when suddenly everything had to be web-based. It wasn’t entirely clear to me just what the benefits of the Cloud would be.

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Naturally, at Planon we use our own software, and I’m responsible for our Planon implementation. I constantly hear around me that the Cloud takes away many concerns, but in fact even without the Cloud I absolutely don’t have any  concerns! Just is the case with many of our clients, technical management of our own Planon solution is performed by those nice guys at PTMS (Planon Technical Managed Services). Installing a new Service Pack, copying a dump of the production database to the test environment – they can quite happily handle it all. So surely I really don’t need the Cloud at all?

Of course I’m not going to admit here in public that I was wrong, but I have certainly changed my mind (for those among us over 40, that’s a fairly liberal interpretation of the best line Billy Joel ever wrote). That’s because Planon in the Cloud incorporates a gadget; and that gadget has changed my working life. It makes my life easier, but at the same time also lonelier. Why? Because I no longer need the guys over at PTMS.

I love lists, so I’ve drawn up a top three of my favourite gadget features. And in the Cloud they’re within reach with just a couple of clicks.

1. I can install a new Suite Release or Service Pack myself. In a test, acceptance or production environment, whatever I want.

2. I can transfer my entire production environment over to a test or acceptance one myself. Including database, Service Pack and all the linked files (secure documents, HTML receipts, etc).

3. All the log files can be called up from the gadget. As they are now all together in a list, you no longer have to remember exactly where each log is located.

So many  possibilities! As for upgrades, I have become entirely self-sufficient and I’m no longer dependent on those nice guys at PTMS. Maybe I quickly want to test something on the latest Service Pack? Then I simply upgrade the test environment and when I’m ready it just takes one button push to restore a copy of the production environment. If I set up a new Business Object, I don’t have to use configuration transfer (a habit from the time before this feature existed), but rather I set it up directly for production. With the Cloud gadget, it’s really easy to transfer the entire database with its new configuration to a test environment (in order to test it)..

And so I could mention many more benefits, because like the lady in Billy’s song, I may not have been wrong, but I did change my mind.

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