First the iPhone, and now gPhone. It seems that we are just about to enter a new world of mobile computing where enterprises would be surprised, in some cases overwhelmed by the way such technologies can impact them.
Technology is growing by leaps and bounds, and in this lies the opportunity to make the workplace even more connected.
Its time for organizations to realise that connectivity and convergence of different forms of technology is no more a myth but a reality. More so, such a convergence can permanently change the landscape of how we work.
Lets first understand whats different from the past
1. Mobiles are no more about calling, they have become smartphones with the ability to converge enterprise e-mail systems,high speed web browsing,location based services, GPS and more.
2. Its not just Gen Y that we should bother about, technology has a faster spread.
What it does to organizations ?
Internet access policies are redundant. I have seen many organizations not allowing use of blogs, professional networking sites, how can they stop it on a mobile device ?
Organizations would have to think of new ways to keep " ever connected " employee engaged and productive at work place. Thats not to say that these devices are all about play, they actually have the capability to bring Web 2.0 onto the palms of the user.
How ?Sample this ?
I have to go for a meeting to a co, where I dont have the contact details for the person. I also dont have any background to that person, worst still, I have not even checked the financial performance of the co.
The real convenience of web browsing !!!
Another aspect is the fast growing applications that are being offered on the web.
however its still not there where it can reach, for example a location based service which offers easy access to prospective candidates when a recruiter is searching without actually letting out personal information. The recruiter can contact the applicant once he finds the profile interesting through sms or chat.
For such an application to really work, the scale also has to be there however with the fast penetrating mobile device space, the scale is bound to go up and then the question would be
Have we as organizations adapted to the new world ?
Many may not have an answer in positive then.
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