Fear of Flying
The undocumented advantage of the cloud: taking out the leap of faith
You’ve probably seen the videos of Jeb Corliss practicing the form of controlled falling he calls terrain flying. He zips along just metres away from cliffs and mountain sides at hundreds of kilometres an hour.
This is an activity that has no low risk learning curve. You either jump and get started, or you don’t.
This all or nothing approach has traditionally been the way with enterprise software. You jumped off a big capital expenditure cliff and made the bet your organisation and your people would adopt the system and derive value from it.
One of the less discussed advantages of hosted software is the way it lends itself to smaller, low risk starts. You can use it in a single work group or for a single process as hands on, very practical evaluation. Once you have some success on a small scale, you can rollout the solution to other processes, other workgroups. That scaling up is easy to do with hosted software.
Many hosted solutions will even offer a free evaluation period.
Hosted solutions are the ideal way to get a practical understanding of new tools and the ways they can improve your work without having to bet the farm up front. If you can’t think of a hosted solution to try this for yourself, let me make a suggestion.
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