Over the past few years, a perfect storm of technology has radically transformed our conception of computing both in the workplace and throughout our personal lives.
- Smartphones, tablets, and cloud services have delivered a reality in which access to our personal and professional information and the Internet at large are always accessible.
- Social networks allow us a way to interact with friends, family, colleagues, and even complete strangers in new personal and professional ways.
- Location services offer connections with others, access to information about the world around us, offer comments and advice to others at a given venue, to pay for goods and services with just out smartphones, and to discover all kinds of local content from historical facts to which stores are having a sale on something we might want to buy.
- Wearable devices like smartwatches and fitness trackers allow us to record and analyze ourselves and encourage us to take better care of ourselves in ways never before possible. They also hold the promise of transforming not just our fitness and wellness routines, but also transforming our understanding and management of diseases and chronic conditions.
- The combination of these trends has not only dramatically altered our lives and our communities on a personal level, they have also transformed the work lives of millions of us by allowing individuals to select the best tools for their jobs and to build professional workflows in ways never before seen and by allowing us to work anywhere at anytime rather than at the desks or cubicles in our offices. In the process, they are transforming the relationships between employees, managers, and IT departments as well as redefining the role of IT in a mobile and cloud enabled world.
It has been an incredible privilege for me to watch this wave of transformation, often referred to as the consumerization of IT (and sometimes also the IT-ization of the consumer or employee) and to be on the front lines of one of the most amazing and innovative periods of human history.
My mission is to help you use these incredible technologies, which a decade ago would like have been the stuff of science fiction, to the fullest while also ensuring needed security – whether you’re a technology professional trying to stay afloat in a sea of changes, a knowledge worker trying to ride the consumerization wave, or someone simply wanting to understand and make the best use these new devices, apps, and services.