As a volunteer with Marine Rescue Queensland, Dave had done it all: tending to medical emergencies, rescuing drifting vessels, even helping ships that had run aground. Of course, the day-to-day wasn’t typically quite so action-packed and usually involved simply practicing for things like this. And he loved all of it.
These occasional, daring rescues were a far cry from his desk job as a consultant for Empired, a cloud computing company.
Or was it?
In fact, the same software he works with on a daily basis let him know the boat tonight was in danger. He should know: he designed it.
A few months ago, Dave noticed something. The computers of his squadron were out of sync. Every squadron ran on different software versions, making sharing information practically impossible. Backup files were nonexistent and volunteers had to be physically present in front of a computer to see files.
As a result, it was challenging for each squadron’s headquarters to know what was going on in the field, or make sure everyone across each squadron had the same, latest training.