Every time the Cranky Product Manager reads about a new B2B startup or product, she gets a sense of déjà vu.
A grinder is at work at almost every B2B software company. A soul-crushing process that pulverizes the unique, complex, and interesting, into gruel-like messaging that the industry’s lowest common denominator (and by LCD, the Cranky PM means the PR people) find acceptable and almost understandable. (see footnote 2)
Observe as the Unique Selling Proposition of DysfunctoCrank is ground into pasty mush. (Anyone remember that game “Telephone”???)
What Development Says to Product Management:
DysfunctoCrank’s architecture uses an MPP-architecture, patent-pending modified vulcan compression techniques, Eventual Iron(TM) technology, predictive klingon data cloning, dynamic resource kirk-ification, blah, blah, and blah. We tested DysfunctoCrank on clusters to 64 CPUs, and it did pretty well. We haven’t tested on anything bigger.
Remember, DysfunctoCrank uses a proprietary clustering. We’re going to have to rearchitect the entire thing from the ground up if you want to support cloud deployments, and that will take the entire Engineering team at least a year or two.
What Product Management Says to Product Marketing – For 80% of the use cases, DysfunctoCrank is about 35% faster than anything else out there and can handle double the workload of anything else. It can scale out and scale up near-linearly, across any number of CPUs or machines, and has best-in-class features for high availability.
DysfunctoCrank can currently be deployed on-premise, but in our next release we are aiming for cloud deployments (although we still have significant technical challenges to overcome).
What Product Marketing Says to Corporate Marketing – DysfunctoCrank delivers cloud-based reliability, performance, and scalability that no other Crank system today can match. It is the industry’s most efficient, cost-effective way to achieve your business goals.
- All the benefits of the Cloud: Pay only for what you need – start small, add cloud capacity only as needed.
- Infinite linearly scalable, supercharged predictable performance, and no wasted capacity
- Self-healing, managed reliability
What Corporate Marketing Says to the Press and to the Analysts – DysfunctoCloud is a cloud-based solution platform designed to increase your revenue, lower your TCO, and synergize with your efforts to engage users in a virtualized, Social Media Web 2.0, cloud-based world. Plus it’s in the cloud. DysfunctoCloud is CLOUD-TASTIC!!!!
What the Press Says to the World - DysfunctoCloud is just like the cloud-based offerings from vendor X, vendor Y, and vendor Z.
What the Analysts Say to the World- In our TragicQuadrangle, we’re moving DysfunctoCloud a smidge to the right on the “vision” axis, because their cloud stuff sounds kinda seksi. But we’re moving them down on the “ability to execute” axis until they buy more of our consluting (see footnote 2) services.
Footnote 1: Allow the Cranky Product Manager to continue digging at MBA programs: Business school is a similar grinder. At top B-schools, the newest crop of MBA students arrive on campus as a highly diverse group, from all professions and walks of life. Then, just two years later, 80% of the students depart as one of only two varieties: banker or management consultant.
Footnote 2: Not a typo.