Solidworks’ recent tech preview of a future, possible, cloud-based 3D design solution sparked a wave of controversy within the CAD ranks. I was surprised at the sharply negative response from many bloggers, twits, and commentors. My cloud guru, Derek Cooper, points out that most of these people are using cloud based solutions already and just don’t realize it. Anyone using Gmail or Yahoo Mail, for example?
Years ago, I had a hand in helping to move a sales organization from an old-school CRM tool, Goldmine, to a cloud-based beauty, Salesforce.com. Not everyone wanted to make the move. There were knee-jerk reactions like:
“Yeah, but what if I need my data in an airplane?!?”
“Yeah, but what if the internet goes out?!?”
“Yeah, but what if someone else screws up the data for my account?!?”
“Yeah, but you’re letting some other company control your data?!?”
“Yeah, didn’t Nostradamus predict this to be an end-of-days harbinger?!?”
I don’t think such a move would be so shocking these days. The proliferation of cloud-based applications in use have made the idea comfortable for most folks. So, again, I’m surprised at the outpouring of negativity towards the idea of cloud-based 3D applications.
Maybe if folks explored the many cloud-based tools out there, they’d start to reach the comfort level I have. I guess I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t really care if it’s cloud based or not. I just want it to work quickly and efficiently. If it has some of the advantages inherent with cloud-based technology, even better. Here are some of my favorites:
Spreadsheets, Wordprocessing, etc
I’m pretty well convinced that any terra-firma-based application you use today has (or will shortly have) a cloud-based alternative. The Aviary and Myna tools above showcase how even processor-intensive, multimedia apps are moving into the cloud.
What are your favorite cloud-based tools out there?
Please comment below on apps for any use or from any category.