The way we work, the way we access information and the devices we use to do this are changing. And fast. As recently as a few years ago, a large portion of the technology using workforce (i.e. anyone that used a computer of some sort to get their job done) were chained to a desk with a desktop. Laptops were common, and as prices dropped and they become on-par with their desktop equivalents, became the desired choice, even if the user was largely working in a static location.
Fast forward a few years and now we are entering the age of touch and genuine mobility (as in, really can work anywhere due to the proliferation of Wi-Fi networks, and the rapid increase in speeds of cellular data). With this change comes different form factors for devices, and a requirement for different interfaces that are designed for touch and this mobile workforce. Lets face it, we’ve gone past the point where we are happy to lug a laptop around and wait for it to resume from hibernation. We want thin, light and instant on. Oh and still super-fast with epic battery life.
So looking ahead, and assuming we all have these thin and light devices, which turn on instantly, are incredibly fast and have batteries that easily last through the day no matter how much we pound them with heavy interactive use, what does this mean for the applications that will run on these devices and the services they will connect to for the delivery of information and the enforcement of corporate data policies and mundane things like security and identity verification. (yep, just because we’re in this amazing, visually awesome and deeply connected and interactive world, base level stuff still needs to be done ).
Lets break this down into some bite sized chunks and explore these in a series of posts.
This change that is described above, it’s already under way. The herd is migrating, and you can see how the industry is moving this way in the investments being made on each of the 4 areas above.
In the next 4 posts, I’m going to explore each of these are work through what we are doing to deliver on the promise this new world offers.
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