Monthly Archives: April 2012

Steal this idea: Dynamic procurement

Why do I have to go to iTunes and Amazon’s music store to see who has the lower price on a song I want to buy before I purchase it? To be honest, I don’t care which store I buy it from – I just want it at the best price, and I want it to download seamlessly into my music library and obey my naming and organizational conventions.

This is an open plea for someone to build that app for me. Not a price comparison app, those still require me to make decisions. I just want an app that lets me browse for music, click “buy”, and it automatically procures my shopping cart selections for me at the very best prices. I configure it once with my account information for multiple music stores, and it does the rest. I’d pay 5 bucks for that, certainly.

Which brings me into the cloud for a moment
All this talk about cloud storage and cloud capacity and virtual machines lately has me thinking again, which means not sleeping enough and in general getting a bit dorkier every day (which my image can’t really afford, I’m afraid.)

But seriously. . . why shouldn’t cloud storage and processing (and whatever else you cloud people do in the cloud) be procured in the same way I point out above for music? Let’s look at an ITSM workflow for a crisp example of my thought process here:

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