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

IT Departments in the spotlight

The world's view is slowing turning its gaze onto IT Departments and I applaud that people are starting to think about why they exist (no presumption implied that they shouldn't). Maybe from this discussion we'll get a far reasoned view of what IT actually does for a business and then a more appropriate level of business support.

A little list (some old, some new):
And that'll do ... there's many more but let's savour those for a mo' - go on, go and read them and then come back ...

The blog that's really questioning IT Departments is the appropriately titled IT Organization Circa 2017 by Vaughan Merlyn. If you really want to get into the guts of the pressures on the status quo for your IT Department subscribe to Vaughan's blog and read.

And for a wee posting that captures, with a cracking mental picture, what the major pressures are on IT Departments (via the business themselves - they have bigger paradigms shifts to contend with) check out She cries “Where have all Papa’s heroes gone?” from Sam.

Finally I think this is another excellent way to try and understand the changes in what staff expect (not merely want, but expect!) from computer systems - 5 questions a teenage kid might ask if starting work at your business today.
How many have you asked yourself today?
  1. Why can’t I access my favorite websites at work like facebook and myspace?
  2. What is that big thing on the ceiling in the conference room?
  3. Why do I need this big phone on my desk? I have a mobile phone with unlimited minutes.
  4. Why can’t I instant message my friends that are not with the company?
  5. Why don’t I have a laptop like home? This desktop you provided takes up so much room in my small cubicle.
The world is changing my friends and the young uns have higher expectations of these computer things SHOULD be doing ... and it's not just adding up numbers or storing words.


  1. Sounds like an opportunity for a pub debate fest.

  2. Pick a date and let's make it so ...


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