Because when the full engineering team is here soon, we’ll be in heads-down development mode along with our early customers. No time for other stuff.
The results are pretty staggering:
- Everything we implemented is software-as-a service; it lives in the cloud
- Everything is “industrial strength” in terms of feature/functionality; we’re not going to outgrow these tools and apps anytime soon
- Everything was implemented within minutes or hours. Enter your credit card number and go. Tweak the configurations now or later
- Little or no installed software on laptops
- No servers required
- Everything is licensed as a monthly or yearly subscription (often I had a choice of either). Easy on the cash-flow and easy to budget for growth
All of this was done without an IT employee or consultant. All of this was done without owning a server. All this was done without installing (and maintaining!) software.
We get immune to the hype surrounding the Cloud, but this experience reinforced the immense power of this trend. Think about what this means to small businesses and their ability to “act big” on a budget. Or, what this means to the IT department of a mid-size or larger corporation.
Massive change is underway and we might be underestimating it.
For the curious, here’s what we deployed so far:
- Webex for conference calls and web meetings
- Accompa for product requirements management
- Rally for Agile product delivery
- Jira for defect tracking
- Github for source code control
- Basecamp for general-purpose project management
- Box for file repository
- QuickbooksOnline for accounting
- ExpenseCloud for expense report management
- Google AdWords for keyword advertising
- Google Analytics
- Algentis for outsourced HR, benefits and payroll administration
As we get closer to market launch , we’ll take the same appraoch for everything else:
- Website content management
- Marekting campaign management
- Various web analytics tools
- e-commerce and/or customer billing
- Various software development tools
Kudos to New Relic for writing about their toolset and inspiring me to write this post.