Remote Control

For most of my life I have struggled with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings or behaviors (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).  Some common symptoms include repeatedly washing your hands, hoarding items, repeated checking, counting, and arranging.  According to, many well-known celebrities suffer from some flavor of OCD including:  Charles Darwin, Howard Hughes, Billy Bob Thornton, Howie Mandel, Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio.  While OCD is considered a chronic disorder, many people find relief through therapy and/or medication.  I used a combination of both which lead to a significant reduction in my symptoms.

I was a “checker”; I had difficulties leaving places, ritualistically going through a checklist to make sure things were turned off, locked or secure.  At the height of my disorder, I usually budgeted an extra 20 minutes “OCD-time” before I would leave a location.  I can laugh at it now, but here’s one example of how I would pacify one of my obsessions.  I had a fear of fire and was always checking to make sure I turned everything off (the coffee pot, the oven, the iron, etc.), lest my house burn down.  At the risk of dating myself, remember the old answering machines with cassette tapes?  I used to call my house from work to see if my answering machine would pick up; my logic was that if the machine worked and I could leave a message, then the house hadn’t burned down.

It didn’t help that I am both a workaholic and a perfectionist.  Back in the day, I would make copies of my work to take home with me in case I needed to double or triple check on something.  Long before email became prevalent, my OCD had become quite manageable, but emailing myself some work would have been another efficient strategy I would have used to be able to ensure that the work I performed was without error.

If only Software as a Service (SaaS) applications were available 25 years ago, life would have been much easier for me.  A SaaS application allows you to log-in and access your work, anytime, from anywhere, using any computing device that has an internet connection including laptops, iPads and even smart phones.  The great news is that SaaS applications are not just for people who suffer from OCD!  Anyone whose business uses SaaS software can log in at any time from virtually any place and access the software.   Business travelers can login at a conference and download that killer presentation that is going to close the sale.   A CEO could wake up at 3 am with one of those inspired “Aha!” ideas; type them up and then save them in the Cloud.  You could be zip-lining through the jungles of Costa Rica when you remember a contract left unsigned, which you could remedy when you get back to your resort.

SaaS technology allows you to do the same work you do every day.  It’s the same tasks, jobs and applications but now you can launch your applications from the Cloud, perform your work in the Cloud and even save and store your files in the Cloud.

Of course, Remote Access is just one feature of Saas technology.  It does, however, segue way naturally into another subject which is even more important:  how SaaS solutions can be a key player in your Disaster Recovery Strategy.    And unlike traditional DR strategies, SaaS-based DR solutions are affordable and do not require customary costs such as hardware, installation, IT maintenance and labor.  Cloud technology is becoming a vital resource for Business Continuity Plans enabling client data security and network accessibility.

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