I thought a bit about this title while writing this post today. I ended up with this title because I felt that it most accurately describes the actions of companies that want to deliberately endanger their customers in order to turn their customers into monthly subscription cash cows who have to forever pay to work. This is the primary underlying reason for this whole cloud thing as far as I am concerned. Read this article and tell me I am wrong with a straight face and no fingers crossed behind your back.
So we have SW world coming up soon and I am sitting here today thinking once again about how a major cad company deliberately intends to place the lifeblood of it’s customers IP on the web and then turn around and refuse to indemnify users from the inevitable results of this. Add to the mix now the latest cloud ninja Autodesk. I asked forty plus questions on the cloud a year ago and very few have been answered by any cloud touting outfit to this day. It is proof as far as I am concerned of deliberate corporate deceit or at the very least outright disregard for their customers well being and bottom line.
By the way all you software companies pushing this cloud junk are invited to prove my stance wrong here by showing, in writing, your legal protection and reinbursement and indemnification language meant to protect your customers from the danger you have deliberately placed them in. While your at it why don’t you show us the performance guarantees to hmmm? Do you guys honestly think by ignoring these thorny issues they will go away? Yeah just don’t answer the questions, it’s safer that way and hopefully we can BS enough people to buy into this so OUR bottom lines can look good.
The problem is that while these ninjas from DS, SW, Autodesk or indeed any other company that pushes this for whatever reason are jumping up and down and twirling round the stage with their IPOD ninja swords the bad guys are wearing ghille suits and laying on the ground patiently waiting 300 yards away with their sniper scopes and .50 caliber rifles. What is that old saying about bringing a knife to a gun fight? Lets get real here for a second. We users all see corners cut, deficiencies or problems/bugs remain in the software we buy because the company that writes this stuff has a projected budget to stay within. They are not going to spend the time and money to make it completely right before release cycle time and this is why every company has updates. Do we agree on this? Now if we agree here on this is it unreasonable to project this same poor attitude to be existant with all this cloud junk they want us to buy into? Bugs in cad software can ruin your day but bugs in the cloud can ruin your whole business.
All you cloud loving cutting edge uber geek tech guys who just love this stuff go there. Neanderthal Dave who is stupid enough to think the time he has spent creating things should be accompanied with enough common sense to protect these same things is not.