Experience a major meltdown of your workstation and I suspect the value of various applications will come to mind VERY quickly! There is nothing like going without your favorite applications, or your workhorse applications for a few days to develop a significant appreciation for application value. My last 2 weeks have been filled with recovering from such a meltdown.
If you’re like me as you have used your workstation (…perhaps for years) it has accumulated a number of handy utilities that are not “big” names, yet you use them each and every day. Perhaps they were something you found on the internet years ago and fell in love with and it has become part and parcel of your day-to-day work. What happens IF (or more likely when?) suddenly your workstation has a meltdown? It’s really not pretty!
Replacing a defunct workstation with a brand new one is only the start of the battle – the easy part. Gathering all the software you had, reloading it, re-registering it, restoring all the “little” applications (…finding where you got them from can even be a challenge I found!) all present challenges. Doing all this while at the same time tending (…or trying to tend to) the business needs becomes a stress-producing and frustrating experience.
When it comes to establishing application value I really wonder how one would determine in advance the effect of having an application suddenly NOT available once all the investment in application creation and implementation was made. I believe that if in the early stages of application definition one would be able to look ahead 5 years to look at what the potential dependency might be on the application it could be another way to think of application value.