Sunday, December 16, 2012

Does location of developer matter?

First if all my apologies for confusing many who may have read the previous post that has now been removed. I read through it a few times myself and found that it was way too confusing. And as clarity and context are essential for effective communications, let's try again.

I had an odd experience with a client recently, who is based within North America. During the course of my consultations, I was asked @ Visual mapping software choices. I was kind of nervous at that Q; as I have a few favorite products I use for my work, and that position throws my objectivity out the window.

And almost immediately I was asked to source and suggest a North American Mind mapping developer. I asked "why just a North American developer"? I stated there were many developers globally who developed excellent and very capable mind/visual mapping software that could be infused into their mainstream business environment.

After a few minutes of to and fro Q&A that got a little childish to be honest: I asked why the heck does your software choice have to be a North American based developer. My client stated, "we don't wish to be seen as sourcing product and service outwith our global location, we have changed our in-sourcing and out-sourcing policies.

As usual my tenacity became irritating to my client, and she put it like this: "The potential for being seen as supporting product and service that is not home based may be damaging to our company's image". Well I understood her stance from that moment forward and therefore recommended the leader of the business information management arena to her and her colleagues.

Interesting questions may be asked of this client stance, and for the life of me, I simply didn't understand that approach at all. Maybe the current fiscal stranglehold on North American business may be one of the root causes for this approach. Yes my experience is an isolated one and I wanted to share.

I created the image below for clearing my own overview of the global locations of specific mind/visual mapping product, and after revisiting a couple, I did indeed notice specifics about product that made them stand out as having regional identities rather than global identities.

Your thoughts?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Controversial as it may seem

Controversial as it may seem; Mindjet have indeed moved from an open user licensing model to a cloud based subscription based model. Is this the way of the future; or is it a way to stop piracy and control the corporate financials of the developer’s organizational capabilities?  A bit of both me thinks.
It’s all conjecture of course when it comes down to personal opinions, and IMO opinions matter as long as we don’t ruffle too many feathers. But alas we do indeed ruffle quite a few feathers when we state our personal and professional opinions.
I want to state; I have been a Mindjet MindManager user almost from day one. MindManager has been the core of my use of graphical information management, and continues to be. I am now a legacy user of MindManager, and as much as I regret that position, I’m actually quite relieved to state so.
Again, I simply state my opinion based on my knowledge of the arena and my use of many other products that aspire to be just as successful as Mindjet.
When one looks back at the timeline of Mindjet’s great and continuing success; it’s so easy to see an evolutionary step that is exponential. Mindman became MindManager and has since developed into a suite that covers almost all business needs relating to creating, managing and sharing information.
The social software aspect of MindManager has been the most interesting aspect of the evolutionary move, and as much as I personally have hedged my bets on the success of cloud computing and the SaaS offering of Mindjet; I firmly believe they will lead in that arena eventually too.
There is a troubling aspect for me though. I love the product but most definitely don’t love the subscription service that has recently and controversially been implemented. I currently use the 2012 edition and am happy with the ability to install using a personal user license and not have the burden (as I see it) of a cloud subscription I never intend to use.
The cloud SaaS offering is IMO of very little practical use to the personal development type of user, but I firmly believe the new model adopted by Mindjet shall net them even more acceptance within the corporate arena use. This model is indeed suited so well for corporate users of multiple seats, and ensures an update maintenance service to corporate too.
What about the personal users?  After all they are the users who have indeed propelled MindManager into the mainstream as the leading Visual mapping information mapping product.
Just my opinion though, and if I’ve ruffled your feathers too, state your opinion and please do it nicely.