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‘The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be’

“The future ain’t what it used to be.” (Yogi Berra)

Yogi was half right.

The future looks bright and innovative when you consider the latest wave in technology, which is cloud computing. But the more I learn, the more it seems like the future is what it used to be.  Nothing new under the sun, right?

In a recent seminar I listened, politely, to a couple of young, up-and-coming SaaS project management stars speak about the great methodology to implement their products.  What they showed were reams of Word documents that stepped through their processes.  Again: a series of Word document pages laboriously detailing how and why to conduct a kick off meeting, followed by more, even less titillating documents that drill down on how to conduct a workshop on a singular feature of the product.

They ensured the audience that they can excitedly await more and more detailed text documents that can show everyone knows how to deploy each and every facet of their products.   And here’s what I thought: this tome of Word documents is a giant parallel to yesterday’s great mainframe Word Perfect documents in the library of Software Methodology Documents Left Unread.  It just baffles me that companies with so much innovative spirit in their technology are not innovative in their approach to creating a new way to convey how to implement their solution. I profess I don’t have the answer, but there must be a better way that matches the creative solution of your technology offering.

Right?

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