How many times have you saved a file, and had the system shut down or power run out, creating a moment of flat panic.
At our firm we have automated back up on our systems, use SharePoint for version control and an online back up service as well. However at the weekend, I worked on some files for a presentation I had on Saturday afternoon to a group of ski instructors. I could not find the file I had been working on for more than 4 hours in preparation for the meeting. With the room filling up with people I was beginning to sweat. Fortunately, the correct file had been saved, just to another default location. Phew! That discovery was two minutes before the presentation was to begin. Thank you God!
Anyway, got me thinking again about the importance of version and revision control. We really don’t have any excuses not to use it any more, however many organizations still don’t back up or track changes between versions of their work in progress.
Perhaps a good New Year resolution that will give us the following peace of mind:
- Files and versions stored and backed up in a safe location
- Minute but importance incremental versions of files can be tracked
- Ability to undo unwanted changes
- History of progress and changes easily managed