Thoughts on technology and innovation
Matt Reiner, Content Strategist; Sig VanDamme, Founder
Hey gang, it’s NimbleUser. That’s right, your friends behind such innovations as Nimble AMS, Nimble Communities, and all other the great stuff you’ll find in the Nimbleverse.
We’ve got something new to share with you. Well, it’s not new, but it’s well known. In 1997, Apple began an ad campaign that challenged the computer hardware and software industry to “Think Different”. Though this grammatically-challenged statement is inspiring, we wholeheartedly disagree.
It’s become clear to us that maybe we should think the same. Perhaps we shouldn’t keep pressing ourselves to innovate within our product space, perhaps we should just stop and take a breath of fresh air. Maybe we shouldn’t keep trying to make our software easy to use, and just focus on making it so it can be used in a somewhat limited and very frustrating manner. After All, this whole “moving into the cloud” thing; what is a cloud anyway?! A bunch of wisps of water vapor, a few water molecules hanging about in the sky? Sounds messy to us, so we’re moving forward by moving backward. Addition by subtraction = the future.
Introducing Nimble Here.
Woah now, I’m sure you’re wondering “what’s going on here, a whole new product, is that really necessary?” Let us assure you, all great innovation needs a new name, just look at Coke II, it never would have been a success without a great new name behind it.
So you’re probably wondering what Nimble Here is. No worries, we’re not banging rocks together over here; this is good old fashioned technology we’re talking about. Nimble Here is our new on-premise server based solution. No more of this AMS in the cloud business. You can run your own server wherever you can find space enough to stick the thing. You say you want to run Nimble AMS on your MS-DOS 6.1 system and interface completely via command line; Nimble Here is the product for you. That’s right, all the benefits of on premise servers all at the tip of your fingers. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this bulleted list:
** Clogging time varies based on percentage of crashes and accidental cord unplugs. See Appendix c, “Oops, someone unplugged my AMS” for more details.
***Nimble Here will not function alongside anti-malware and antivirus software.
It’s clear to us now, the future is here; like literally, in your building. That black box that is plugged in next to the water cooler, with the ficus on top. You know, the one no one really knows what it’s doing. That’s the future, right there.
If you’d like to move from the cloud to your on premise server please contact your customer care manager at your earliest convenience. Once we’ve received notification, we will begin downloading all your data and copying it onto a few hundred Nimble® Brand floppy disks. Don’t worry about transition time, once the Nimble® Brand floppy disks arrive, a server with two floppy drives will be up and running in a few short weeks.
NOTE: Backup cassettes and updates are available at a substantial additional cost. Speak with your customer success manager for cost and downtime estimates.
So enough of this cloud thing. The reliability, scalability, usability, and seamless upgrades are just not all that great. The future was 5-10 years ago, so let’s take this stroll down memory lane together as we try to push the AMS from yeah! to meh…