On my last trip overseas, I arrived in London, UK after a 10-hour all night flight and head to my sister’s house to get some sleep before the first of several customer demonstrations and meetings. However, I could not resist going out for an Indian meal before getting horizontal.
I love Indian food and London offers some of the best around. It has in fact become the National food of Great Britain where there are more Indian restaurants than English ones! Well this turned out to be a very expensive Indian meal because as we returned from the restaurant, there were two police officers waiting for us outside my sister’s house. Apparently, someone had tried to break in through the basement by smashing two windows. The only thing stolen was my laptop which the thieves had pulled out through the window by the power cord.
I say the only thing, but losing my laptop is like losing my right arm. All my presentations, demonstrations and everything for my next two weeks of overseas meetings was on there. I was in a state of disbelief as the police officer took down my statement.
The next morning, I found myself in front of a group of people eagerly awaiting a presentation and demonstration on connected Xcelsius dashboards using the InfoBurst XML Data Cache. So I pulled out my iPad and connected to the projector and showed the whole thing running off the iPad and it all looked and worked just the same. At the end I gave thanks to both Steve Jobs for making this remarkable device and to the InfoBurst development team for making Xcelsius dashboards run on an operating system that does not support Flash.
I was not the only one thanking the InfoBurst development team that day. In the afternoon, I visited a large InfoBurst customer in London who were about to install their third production server license of InfoBurst. They told me that they felt the product had been built just for them and actually thanked InfoSol for creating it!
I took notes at the meeting on my iPad and emailed the InfoBurst development team back in the US all the customer feedback as we adjourned.
In just 24 hours not only had I forgotten about my stolen laptop but I was starting to wonder if I even needed it again.