Evernote Elephant

LTEC 4121.021 Technical Demonstation Slide Deck: Handouts & Additional Resources: https. The Evernote Devcup is open to any app that integrates with Evernote’s API. One-hundred and eighty apps were submitted to this 2013 Devcup. From those 180, Evernote selected winners in twelve different categories in August ranging from Best Evernote Business Integration to Design Achievement. Evernote is a tool we’ve been using for a long time at Hunted. You can easily save voice notes, videos, photos and of course standard written entries, and having a notes tool with multiple users is invaluable. An elephant never forgets they say. Fifteen months ago, Business Insider called Evernote the first dead unicorn. While some might despair at such criticism, we took it as a challenge. In a conversation with Jason Lemkin last week at SaaStr Annual, I announced that we’re cash flow positive and in control of our financial destiny as a company.

About Being Back

27.08.2014 - 06.09.2014 22 °C
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And I'm back. Hmmm, how is it to be back, I am being asked a lot these days. Most of the time with pity in the persons voice. Welllllll….let me start from the beginning. When I landed in Frankfurt and I saw the Taunus (mountain range where I'm from) and my very familiar Frankfurt skyscrapers (the Frankfurt fair tower being my favorite), I was flooded with a bunch of feelings and all of them were positive: Overwhelmed that I TRAVELLED AROUND THE WORLD AND OMG ON MY OWN THIS IS SO AWESOME, excited about what's next (you've kinda trained yourself to feel that way when you travel long-term and arrive at a new destination, even if it's home, clear sign that I had no idea what was going on at that point) and looking forward to being picked up by my parents. That's an advice I'd like to give you: Make sure someone picks you up. Also if it's the parents picking you up and if your parents are somewhat like mine, you can be sure that you immediately will find yourself in a funny, eye-roling, but loving situation. I for instance was not allowed to hug my Mum until my Dad had sorted his camera, so he could take a picture of the hugging. Typical…still makes me laugh *lol*.

Arriving at home was cool too. I had sent 2 parcels from along the way and of course had forgotten what I had sent. My parents and I spent a wonderful evening chatting, unpacking, and I got to show off all my souvenirs; it felt like my own little Christmas. That evening was mine, I had the full attention and that was nice. Advice to the people welcoming a wanderer: Let them talk. Please, just let us talk and share. And rather ask too many questions than not enough. It's hard coming back and we need this. Once we're done, we'll get to you and ask how you are eventually, but be patient

For a second reason it was good that I didn't fly into Munich (where I live) directly: My parents house is home too, but it is not where my daily life happens, so I think that gave me an easier step-by-step re-entry into my culture.

And a third reason was that just two days later my friends Maura & Adam from Luxembourg arrived to visit me for the weekend WHICH WAS THE BEST THE ABSOLUTE BEST YAAAAY! Besides just being there with & for me, those two did me a huge favor by insisting on looking at every single picture I had taken during the trip. I didn't know I needed that, but it was very important to do this right after my arrival because since I'm in Germany the whole trip seems like a dream. This feeling was a surprise…and makes me unhappy to be honest. How can it feel like a dream? Can it feel more real, please? Why is it so normal to be back? I don't get it. Maybe it is this way because it was just a hell of a lot. A lot of people have told me to relax and take my time and I think they are right. I'm so happy I still gave myself 2.5 weeks from getting back to having to start work again.

Which HOWEVER did not stop me from booking another 5 days at Lake Garda in Italy next week! I've had a week in Munich to organize my stuff, see my friends, spend a day in my Alpes, ride my bike, but now I want to get out there just one more time, on my own again, meet new people and kite surf )) And after that, I'm ready to get back to work life. I guess. Damnit!

The good news is that if you have enjoyed reading my travel blog, I decided to keep writing. Check out my new blog http://hanglooseworld.wordpress.com.
My sabbatical might be over, but be sure that Andrea the Travel Bunny will be somewhere else rather sooner than later and I'll try to keep it entertaining!

Maura & I at my hometown festival, the Laternenfest

La Mama is happy to have me back

My first trip to the Alpes: On top of the Karwendel, the white mountain in the back is Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze

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Even an elephant isn't strong enough to take on the cloud all by itself.

Google scored a marquee win for its upstart enterprise cloud platform, as popular note-taking and productivity service Evernote -- whose logo is an elephant head because an elephant never forgets -- announced Tuesday it's moving its 200 million users to the Google Cloud Platform.

Evernote, founded in 2007, has owned, configured and maintained its own servers and networks, providing flexibility but at a cost, Evernote said on the company blog. The private cloud was 'expensive to maintain, slow to upgrade, and difficult to scale,' the company said. The current infrastructure also lacks the 'speed and flexibility' for future growth.

Evernote Elephant Sanctuary

'With Google Cloud Platform, Evernote will gain significant improvements in performance, security, efficiency, and scalability,' claimed the company. 'Moving to the cloud also allows us to focus time and resources on the things that matter most. For us, that means building the best home for your notes and giving you the tools to use them more effectively.'

Evernote has an ambitious migration plan, beginning October 10, and completing in six to eight weeks, according to a FAQ on the Evernote website. In the short term, the only impact users will see are two 'brief' outages, under 30 minutes each. In the long term, Evernote is looking to take advantage of Google services such as translation, photo management and voice search. Maintaining security was a top concern in the migration; Evernote believes Google Cloud Platform can match its current security. Also, Evernote will be able to add encryption for data at rest, which it does not now provide. The service does encrypt data in motion.

'Some of the world's most innovative brands, including Spotify, Snapchat, Coca-Cola and Philips already rely on Google Cloud Platform,' Evernote says.

Data for Evernote will reside in the US, as it does now. The data now resides in two West Coast data centers, but will ultimately reside in two different data centers, one on the West Coast and one central, Evernote said.

Evernote Elephant

Evernote users on the service's support forums expressed mixed feelings about the transition. 'I don't trust Google. Never will. Therefore I will migrate to something else,' says Evernote user 'Marc_.'

On the other hand, Evernote user 'dbvirago' says, 'This is a good move. It frees Evernote to do what it does better than most and lets Google handle the mundane task of keeping the servers plugged in.'

Google has struggled to make inroads in the enterprise business, even though it's the second-largest company in the world by market cap. (Technically, it's Google parent Alphabet that has the market cap, but it's Google, through its search engine, that brings in the bucks.) The market leader in the cloud is Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), by a long shot, even though Amazon is significantly smaller than Google.

In November, Google tapped VMware co-founder and enterprise veteran Diane Greene to head up its cloud business, and Urs Hölzle, Google senior VP technical infrastructure, has said he expects the cloud business to overtake search revenue. (See Google: 'Dead Serious' About Enterprise Cloud.)

Evernote, as a high-profile cloud provider itself, will significantly help Google gain credibility and experience in the enterprise market.

It's not a secret, but it's not widely known either, that software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud companies, like Evernote, take varying approaches to running their own infrastructure. Some do, and some rely on public cloud providers.

Take Dropbox, for example. It's a major Evernote competitor, but it takes a very different approach. While Evernote offers its own client app combining text editing, photo taking and storage, sharing, presentation, audio recording and more, Dropbox simply offers document storage and sharing. Nonetheless, they're often used in similar ways, and go head to head.

Dropbox took its cloud foundation in the opposite direction from Evernote, announcing in March that it's moving 90% of its users' data to its own infrastructure from AWS, although it says it will continue to partner with AWS.

Intuit, on the other hand, is moving from its own network of data centers to go all in on AWS. (See Intuit's Not Scared of Cloud Vendor Lock-In.)

Want to know more about the cloud? Visit Light Reading Enterprise Cloud.

The Evernote announcement has personal significance to me: I started using Evernote July 10, 2008, 16 days after its first public beta. (I may have even been using Evernote longer than that -- July 10, 2008 is when I started my Evernote account.) I've used it continuously since then, and although I go through long periods when I barely use it at all, I am currently using it to store all my research for Light Reading (including for this article) and a lot of personal information as well.

I also use Dropbox every day for file backup, syncing, and sharing, and my family uses Intuit software for personal finance.

And I use at least a half-dozen Google services every day, including Gmail, Google+, Google Photos, Google Apps and search.

So you might say I have a horse in this race.

Evernote Elephant Print

Or an elephant.

Evernote Elephants

— Mitch Wagner, , Editor, Light Reading Enterprise Cloud