This thought provoking article is an update on the state of Marc Andreessen’s famous “Software is eating the world” phrase. It describes how over the history of computing the value and progress has mostly been measured by devices sold and used because they are more visible, tangible, and their impact is easier to measure…but that software has delivered much more value than the hardware. It proposes that cloud-based services and apps are so powerful and disruptive that in addition to the industries software and the web have already revolutionized (like news, entertainment, publishing, travel), these new forms of software and services will eat at the foundations and improve some of the largest industries still standing. It is useful to separate the software from the hardware because with the cloud-based services and apps, software isn’t just something you download to a single piece of hardware anymore, it is accessible from multiple devices simultaneously (laptop, tablet, smart phone).
I’d like to translate this into something valuable to your business and propose that cloud-based services and apps can be your greatest source of productivity and business improvement today, and they are within your easy reach. Consider that all the wonderful, useful apps you might use aren’t just the ones someone else programs and makes available on your phone, tablet or laptop, like Google Docs or Evernote. But with tools like QuickBase you can easily (or with our help) create the apps you need on demand to do just what your people need to get the work of your business done better and faster. It puts a broad, useful category of app creation in your hands all the time, without I.T. help, without any complex technology you don’t understand, or any new hardware or software. Remarkable when you think about it, and the cloud-based nature of apps and app delivery like QuickBase open the floodgates.
The power and value of this new capability is easily overlooked because like the software the article describes, it is not as tangible or visible in the office (doesn’t even come in a shrink-wrapped package). It will have the same revolutionary impact to your business internally that it is having to the large industries it affects externally. The question is, will you bring this value to your business or wait for someone else down the road to do it?
We at Advantage live to bring these revolutionary improvements to our clients’ businesses…let us help you bring them to yours as well.