BLOG: Why don't we 'Walk The Technology Talk'?

Ross O. Storey

It sometimes amazes me that organisations, enterprises and government departments simply don't 'walk the talk' when it comes to using the best technology.

We are in the age of mobility, with many developed, and even developing countries, establishing solid networks for their citizenry to use to communicate, learn and benefit from.

Now that Apple has revolutionised the tablet computer market, there are an estimated 80 different tablet brands likely to be released this year. Research firm IDC maintains that, by 2014, just three years away, more than 46 million tablet computers will be delivered to end-users across the globe.

The UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) predicts that the global number of mobile subscriptions will soon top five billion - a number which represents the majority of the world's population.

What about mobility?

Today's young, 'give it to me now' generation, lives and breathes mobile technology, and yet, enterprises don't seem to be properly reflecting this overwhelming trend.

Mobility rules and the demanding short-attention-span younger generation wants to be able to access information and do their work from anywhere at anytime. Check your local cafe and no doubt you will see people working away on their laptops or tablet computers. They even do it while commuting on trains and buses.

This mobility mania seems to be an irreversible and irresistible force, and yet, too many corporations seem locked in a 20th century work model that requires employees to flock to expensive offices on increasingly over-crowded, and pollution-generating public transport, or, even, worse, highly expensive environmentally unfriendly motor vehicles.

How long will it take the corporate world to adapt to mobility? For how much longer will the business end of town be quite happy to pay outrageously high office rents, or purchase horrendously expensive office buildings to house their lemming employees?

 Let them work from home

Why don't more businesses and yes, even government departments, enable their people to work from home, or work remotely? Surely the public taxes saved from office rents, and the green benefits of reducing nine-to-five commuting would pay handsomely, as would the general happiness index of workers increase. When did you last see a smiling office worker on the bus, jumping out of their skin in their enthusiasm to get to their office job?

The mobility technologies are here, the devices are here, and many countries are working flat out to implement high speed networks, so why is the corporate world locked into this 1950s thinking that demands that masses of employees flock from their homes to their work offices every day?

Thinking people today can't fail to have considered global warming, climate change and our environmental crisis and yet, the big end of town seems to be too much talk and not enough action when it comes to fundamentally changing work routines and habits to preserve our planet.

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