This morning I get a heads up on a new offering evidently in Japan only at this time.
So I go there and do a little digging with scant result since the English press release is short on detail and the Japanese link sends me to a site that is in, you guessed it, Japanese.
What I do see in the press release however is pretty alarming. It appears that this could well be a foray by SE into the realm of the cloud where bad things are known to happen.
I think back over this past week to all the articles I am reading on “zwnet” with large companies like Sony, Microsoft, Amazon and Google all failing in significant ways to reliably deliver online cloud type services. It can’t be said with any shred of credibility that these companies are novices in software implmentation. In particular it is notable that Amazon has problems as that is the one DSS touts as being proof of the cloud’s infallible capabilities. I mention them because as to date they are the ones who have primarily pushed this nonsense.
I also read Affuso’s PLM World comments on the cloud where Siemens is stating that “they like what they see”. Well that was allright as long as it stayed on the NX PLM side of the fence where I don’t care to go.
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So I read this Solid Edge DesignPad press release and now it is on my side of the fence. With no details on what exactly this is I have nothing but opinions and conjecture to offer today and these I will certainly state.
In my minds eye I try to think of what the reasons are to offer this. On the corporate side of the fence I see the subscription model as the solution to piracy, how to hold data hostage to prevent users leaving, how to keep users paying with a predictable cash flow for as long as they are in business to access their own creations. How to extract more money from the same customers while promising them they will spend less.
It’s all about the money and not one shred of it is about the customer. It’s like the corner store that offers to sell you furniture and you can pay weekly like they are doing you a favor when the reality is that you have just ended up spending far more than you needed to because you couldn’t pay cash up front at the real furniture store. If it was about the customer you would offer up front discounts so they could afford it.
So I am left to wonder things, all kinds of things, about costs. About autonomy and reliabile connections and on and on. I find the whole cloud idea a disgusting foray back into the land of Mainframe computing where many used to be held hostage to a large array of bad things. What started the whole PC revolution was users wanting to be free of the vast panoply of problems the old time cloud was. And will be today for those who go there.
I hope for clarification soon on just what all this is. Some things I do know for sure. On my own workstation I have great throughput, data security and fixed predictable costs.I update when I want to what I want. There is a personal equation here I go by. I buy permanent seats of software and do what I want when I want > They do what they want, charge whatever they can and give me excuses for failures from whatever source they may arise.
The really sad part about this whole cloud for cad thing is CAD companies making promises about reliability to the user when there is so much infrastructure totally out of their control. When in fact there is not one CAD company that has ever delivered a bug free product.
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