The model that we've built IT on for the past 10 years is in the midst of collapsing on itself, and the companies that sold us the twigs and straw it was built with—Microsoft, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard to name a few—are facing the same sort of inflection points in their corporate life cycles that have ripped past IT giants to shreds. These corporate giants are faced with moments of truth despite making big bets on acquisitions to try to position themselves for what they saw as the future.
There is no question the landscape of IT has changed considerably since 2007, as is stated by Sean Gallagher in an Ars Technica feature. Rather than tout the same "post-pc era" mantra, Gallagher doesn't see the device being central to the future of the industry.
We're not entering a "post-PC" era in IT—we're entering an era where the device we use to access applications and information is almost irrelevant. Nearly everything we do as employees or customers will be instrumented, analyzed, and aggregated...
...A host of technologies that have been the "next big thing" for much of the last decade—smart mobile devices, the "Internet of Things," deep analytics, social networking, and cloud computing—have finally reached a tipping point. The demand for mobile applications has turned what were once called "Web services" into a new class of managed application programming interfaces. These are changing not just how users interact with data, but the way enterprises collect and share data, write applications, and secure them.
Those are big words, but Gallagher makes a strong argument. Companies use the latest mobile devices for the same mundane tasks they used their old Blackberries for - email. The only difference is that now social media is more of a focus, and apps are the "new webpage." Mobile deployment is all the rage, but that's not the same as mobile centric. Tablets and phones are poor replacements for PC's, but they are superior at machine-to-machine (m2m) communication and using senors.
Say, for example, you're in New York, and you want to discuss something with two colleagues. You request an appointment using your mobile device, and based on your location data, the location data of your colleagues, and the timing of the meeting, backend systems automatically book you a conference room and set up a video link to a co-worker out of town.
The data behind these devices, in conjunction with our location and the array of sensors, has yet to be fully exploited. Gallagher goes into considerably more detail, so be sure to check out the full article in the source below.