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In an ongoing attempt to prove that we really do listen, we're presenting two webinars requested by IPM Users!

The first will be about IPM 10 and the second about IPM Classic, and both will help make your life easier. We'll be covering features you may not know about, or may not know how to use. We're hoping to get at least one "Aha" or "That's cool!" out of each version of IPM.

We're also looking to the future, and that's why we've added the questionaire to this edition of the newsletter. We want you to tell us where to go...let me rephrase that...we want you to help direct our development efforts!


Solutions
SURVEY: We Want Your Opinion
We want to know what you're thinking, and how we're doing. We will publish the results on our website, and they will guide our planning for the future.
Click here to take survey

Web or Cloud:
What's the Next 'Big Thing'?
When we started planning for IPM 10, we knew most of the major features and enhancements we needed to include. We'd been working IPM 2007 and talking with IPM Users so we knew what they wanted, too. And we knew we wanted to go beyond that, and look to the future. The biggest question then - and now - was "Do we want IPM to be web-based?" It sounded very tempting. Access your data from anywhere you have an internet connection. Cool "web page" screens. Yeah, that really sounds good...move the company to being a true "software as service" provider. Man, that would put us years ahead. We were leaning heavily toward that solution....

Then our cable connection dropped. We couldn't reach even Google for half a day. So we started thinking about the negatives. Cost per megabyte for us means cost per unit for you. What about slow connections? What if the server farm in California goes down - now that's a BIG problem, even with redundant mirrors. Needless to say, by the time we considered all the risks and costs, we decided it was NOT the time to go web-based. (Note - we were without internet for about 8 hours on 3/30!)
 
Now everyone is talking about "Cloud Computing". Of course, that "everyone" is generally Microsoft and Microsoft Certified Providers, who can make gobs of money off it. That may be a bit cyncial, but currently there isn't even a solid definition of "Cloud". For some, it's anything beyond your firewall, and for others it's very specific outsourced infrastructure. The description I favor is closer to "key services beyond the firewall that you don't have to manage'" Our backup service and remote access might be good examples. So it can include web-based applications, application servers, and good old data servers. I mention the latter because currently that's my pet idea for the future of IPM, and any other data-oriented programs. To me, the best possible solution combines a "fat client" and a "cloud layer" for data. In other words, you still own a full-fledged program that does the work for you, like IPM. BUT, unlike the current versions of IPM, the data for that program resides "in the cloud" (with a redundant local copy). The advantage to this model is a) you don't have to worry about data integrity, backups, etc., b) it's available from any PC with the program and the right password. This is, to me, the best of both worlds.

So why is this better than the now-traditional "web based" solution? Well, when you don't have an internet connection, you can't work with the web-based solution; with the 'cloud-and-redundancy' model, you can keep on working! That's a big, big difference, and it can be business-critical!

We're not planning on rolling out "IPM for the Cloud" any time soon. As quickly as technology changes, we need to keep our ear to the ground, but remember to lift our head before the train runs over us. We've lived through at least a dozen "next big things" that proved to be duds (Remember GEM Desktop and Norton Navigator?). We've also seen the rise of the "web" from a few shared help files between colleges to a major economic engine. "The Cloud" may be the next big thing for applications, and if so, we'll be ready.



Webinar: IPM 10 Secrets Revealed

Thursday, May 12 2 pm Eastern
How Features You Didn't Even Know Existed Can Save You Time and Money
This webinar will show off some of the lesser-known features, hidden functionalty and shortcuts designed into IPM 10. It will run about an hour and it will be recorded and posted on our website.

The webinar is available at no additional cost for everyone on the Maintenance plan, so send us an email to reserve your space now: sales@fullhousesoftware.com Space is limited!



 

Webinar:  IPM Classic Secrets Revealed
Thursday, May 26 2 pm Eastern
Enhancements that can Fine-Tune Your Routine

This webinar will show off new features, added functions, new reports and improvements made to IPM Classic. It will run about an hour, or until Bill runs out of hot air. The webinar will be recorded and posted on our website.

The webinar is available at no additional cost for everyone on the Maintenance plan, so send us an email to reserve your space now: sales@fullhousesoftware.com Space is limited!
 


IPM 2007 Forever!
No sundown in sight

For the record: IPM 2007 is not going away any time in the foreseeable future. As long as you need it, and you pay your maintenance, we will continue to support IPM 2007.  HOWEVER, with IPM Classic released, we will no longer do updates to IPM 2007 except to fix bugs. We believe IPM Classic is a perfect transition for anyone using IPM 2007 on older PCs, or who are having printing issues or who are using IPM 2007 in a Windows 7 "Virtual XP" environment.

We know some people won't switch until they have to. We reserve the right to nudge you toward either IPM Classic or IPM 10, and once no one is using IPM 2007, we'll retire it. Until then, we'll continue to support IPM 2007. We do hope you switch, but we aren't holding our breath.