Monday, March 30, 2015

The continents of office and citizen computing are pulling apart.

Millions of years ago the earth had just one giant unified continent named Pangea. Over time, tectonic forces have pulled this continent apart.

For decades the worlds of office and citizen computing were unified. Visit just about anyone's house and you would see the citizen's preferred home computing environment looked very much like the office computing environment.

When most people go to work at an office, they sit down at a desktop computer for the day and that's how they get they job done. I'm using "desktop computer" loosely here - many office workers actually use laptops but the experience is effectively the same - it's a computer with a physical keyboard running Windows or OSX - general purpose operating systems.

Outside of the office world, people have moved strongly toward mobile devices - phones and tablets.

Seems to me no-one has given much thought to this growing difference between the preferred computing environment of the sit-down office world and the preferred computing environment of everyone else.

Will physical keyboards and general purpose operating systems always be the preferred computing environment in offices?

Are there unrealised opportunities to be found in the commitment of offices to desktop machines?

The continents of office and citizen computing are pulling apart. That change means opportunity for those who can see the new world through different eyes.

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