This week, I'm traveling hectically in different parts of Europe, jumping from a plane to a meeting, to a train, to a hotel, etc. You know what I mean. Staying in touch with the business while doing this is always challenging. First, not a lot of time is left to manage email and other connections; second, you rely on the available facilities to be able to connect.
Fortunately, or is it unfortunately for my shoulder, I still carry a full fledge laptop with me so I can work offline from anywhere. But doing work, preparing blog entries, responding to email, etc. is not really useful if I cannot get it sent to the appropriate people.
And that is what is happening to me at the moment. I ran a visioning workshop yesterday all day, so had no time to get online. I then ran to the station, ending up in a packed train with not even a place to sit down. When I reached the hotel last night, the front desk nicely told me the hotel wifi was down and would not be repaired before today. So, no connectivity. When I left the hotel this morning, there was still no connection. So, I thought I was going to be smart and decided to take a cappuccino in a coffee shop prior to my appointment. Surely they would have Internet connection. Guess what, seven networks were visible, but none from the coffee shop. When asking, I got a nice smile and a negative answer.
This got me moving places to a restaurant, where I ended up asking whether there was Internet connection prior to sitting down. Now I’m learning and getting smarter at it.
Obviously I could have used a 3G/4G dongle, but on the one hand that can be very expensive, particularly when you are roaming, and on the other I keep realizing that in most places 3G is not consistently available, so the network falls back on EDGE and other slower protocols. So, why pay so much money for a sloppy service?
This reminded me about the blog post I wrote a while ago on the super mobile worker. Fortunately I was not in his shoes; it would have been a real catastrophe.
You know we keep talking about cloud, we are expecting cloud services to be dirt cheap and we take the network for granted. I increasingly see the network as the big barrier for cloud adoption by mobile workers. Frankly, I would love to be able to carry a lighter device (and my shoulder even more), but I cannot today as I cannot rely on connectivity. A couple things really need to be put in place:
Then we would have an environment where we can work in the cloud. So, the cloud revolution is as much a “connectivity revolution” as a “datacenter revolution.
However, we are talking about ways to optimize the datacenter, to run it at lower costs all the time, but have a tendency to forget about the connectivity. I can’t understand why? Any idea?