The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Are you a friend of Harry?

I am.

A 'friend of Harry' is wonderfully outlined by Lloyd Davis over at Perfect Path blog and I have a sneaking suspicion it is the attitude of "bypass it" that is at the heart of most IT Departments fear of the Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 malarkey.

If we (normal, everyday 'users' of computer systems) start to get access to stuff that isn't hosted internally, isn't locked down to one vendor and isn't dependent upon a single user login* then we (the 'user') can suddenly start to "bypass" everything.

We can bypass the controls IT Departments have placed upon:
  • WHAT applications can be used
  • WHEN applications can be used
  • WHAT the connections ("information flow") between applications are
  • WHO controls access to the applications and the information
For some businesses (I thinking "government" here, in it's widest term) the lack of control of the information flow is probably the scariest. This is a valid business fear/risk and I don't advocate freedom for all in a Harry type way just for the sake of it - closed areas a la Che's original metaphor (espoused at the e-Govt2.0 Barcamp) are probably the approach I'd recommend.

So, friend of Harry, you're probably being seen by your IT Department in the same light as Harry himself was - a renegade to be hunted down, caught and stopped at all costs.

Harry's of the world unite!

* not having a single login is, of course, both a boon and a pain - it's a boon because I get to choose my 'personality' for each service (I'm crazy music boy at one site, serious Enterprise 2.0 at another). It's a pain because I have to remember all my logins ... icky.

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