I am a technology geek. That’s not the badge of distinction it used to be, but I still wear it proudly. I have managed my personal email and web sites for years. I would write little bits of functionality to do things like share my calendar or collaborate on planning a wedding. It worked okay, but I usually spent more time building it than using it. As life got busier, I started looking for more packaged solutions. I usually went the open source route. It was better than I could build on my own, but it was still not as good as the tools used in my workplace. About five years ago I began running a SharePoint instance at home (yes, this is where it gets very geeky). It was great, but despite all sorts of networking wizardry it just was not that useful when I was not at home. User adoption of my home SharePoint solution plummeted—granted I was dealing with a user base of two people.
My technology needs had out grown my infrastructure and my ability to support what my users—okay what I—demanded. Office 365 came to the rescue. For far less than I spend on coffee each month, my household is now equipped with enterprise class email and collaboration tools.