In a recent episode of HBO's Silicon Valley, Pied Piper was getting poor reviews from focus group after focus group; many of which thought it was over-complicated and confusing. That is until the startup programmer and CEO, Richard Hendricks, watching from behind the two-way mirror had an epiphany. He realized that these focus groups were made up of regular users, not engineers who were able to use the platform without instruction.
Corrupting the user data, Richard barges in on the group. His attempts to explain Pied Piper are painful. Richard spends hours and valuable whiteboard space explaining the platform.
The users finally get it, including a woman named Berniece who may be Pied Piper's only fan by the end of this episode. But one user named Clark still has issues with Pied Piper's ability to learn and adapt its compressions as it runs.
All too often, people automatically reject what they do not understand. Consequently, not everyone will adapt to new technology.
For instance, the cloud can be intimidating to those who are not familiar with how it all works. Before you dismiss it completely, read on to learn what the cloud is, how it works and what services are right for you.
When tech companies say your data is in the cloud, or that you can work in the cloud, it has nothing to do with white fluffy things in the sky. Your data isn’t actually in heaven or in the wind. It has a terrestrial home. It’s stored somewhere — lots of somewheres — and the network of servers find what you need and deliver it.
The cloud refers to software and services that run on the Internet, instead of locally on your computer. Most cloud services can be accessed through a Web browser like Firefox or Google Chrome, and some companies offer dedicated mobile apps. Some examples of cloud services include Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Netflix, Yahoo Mail, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive.
The advantage of the cloud is that you can access your information on any device with an Internet connection. It’s what allows you to make edits to a file in Google Docs on your home computer, and then pick up where you left off when you get to the office. Colleagues can even collaborate on the same document.
Let us be the Richard to your Berniece, bring your business's IT infrastructure into the future with Omega's custom tailored cloud solutions. We’ll meet with you to discuss the powers of the cloud and what services are right for your unique needs. We’ll analyze your business to make sure you get the right migration to cloud services with a minimum of downtime or fuss. We’ll talk about how using the cloud can change the dynamic of how your office functions; working together remotely is different than working in a traditional office space, and it can be great if you know how to do it.