Technology continues to change not only the tools we use, but the language we use to describe it. Wikipedia describes consumerization as:
…an increasingly accepted term used to describe the growing tendency for new information technology to emerge first in the consumer market and then spread into business and government organizations.
Consumerization absolutely affects technology, but confining the definition to information technology too narrowly defines it. The etymology pins the emergence of the term itself as early as 2001, which is a long time in dog years and at least a half century in technology. But the concept goes back far before Y2K. I could delve into Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, but I’ll stick to less distant history.
Before we get to IT, consider the impact of consumerization on time and choice.
Consumerization & Time
In some ways, our experiences with consumer technology have changed the very speed at which we live our lives. We don’t make time for things the way we used to. We want them now.
It’s the popcorn. OK, it’s the microwave oven. Food is both a human necessity and great motivator. The microwave changed our concept of time and convenience. We haven’t abandoned traditional cooking, but how often do you compare the conventional-oven directions to those for the microwave and think, “I want this to take 45 minutes, 3 minutes just isn’t long enough to wait”?
Popcorn showcases the evolution of our concept of time. Once upon a time, popcorn preparation was at least a 12.4-minute process, start to finish, including the ceremonial melting of butter and cleanup. Plus it required mastering the technique of keeping the pan in constant movement, carefully timing removal to optimize the number of kernels popped.
The mid-1970s arrival specialized popcorn appliances and Jiffy Pop brought popcorn faster and required less clean-up time, while largely eliminating the need for technique. Satisfaction came more quickly and with reduced effort.
And then came the microwave oven and magical little flat packages that fluffed up with aromatic salty goodness in three minutes. Clean up consisted of wiping the buttery stuff off your hands and tossing the bag in the trash. Instant gratification. Near zero effort. Our concept of time? Changed forever.
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Tags: byod, Cisco Jabber, collaboration, Consumerization, Consumerization of IT, device independence, instant messaging, mobile devices, Presence
At work, I read a lot of material, online and offline — seriously, it’s like a constant in my workflow. That being said, when I’m not reading I’m likely writing something or thinking about what I’m going to write.
When I’m pondering the type of story I’ll work on next, I’m often in front of my notebook computer and widescreen monitor (like I am right now, as I write this paragraph), with hands resting on the keyboard — in hopeful anticipation, for the epiphany that might appear.
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Tags: byod, cloudbook, ICT, mobility solutions, service provider wi-fi, smartphone
Cisco announced today a study showing benefits, as well as complexities, relating to employees bringing their own devices (BYOD) to work. A colleague of mine forwarded this cartoon to me last week which I thought was quite amusing. It gave me all kinds of thoughts about my upcoming doctor’s visit.
Cisco is enabling BYOD by driving innovation through Unified Workspace, everything that makes workers efficient and productive moves along with them. Cisco is also offering three Smart Solutions, the BYOD, VXI and Remote Expert, all designed to help service provider and enterprises develop a scalable approach to their mobility initiatives while optimizing user experience and ensuring data security. Read More »
Tags: byod, Cisco VXI, remote expert, remote worker, Service Provider, Smart Solutions, unified workspace
Last week during Interop Las Vegas, I was able to witness and participate in all sorts of conversations about virtualization, and its effect on the way we deploy, deliver and consume applications and services.
Virtualization itself is not a new topic, but given the way our environment has been shaping lately, it is becoming more and more relevant. In this new world we all carry multiple devices, we are always on the move, and the definition whether the app we are using is running from the cloud or from our devices is increasingly irrelevant.
Users do not care about the technology, or the role of virtualization or cloud, as long as they have access to the applications and data they need, whenever they need it. We sometimes think the users should care, but in reality, it is IT that should care, and not the users. And that is a big distinction.
This of course is not a surprise, but I perceived a sense of impatience and even annoyance from some of the users that I was able to question about this matter. I got a really clear message that whatever is the future of the desktop--or the workspace as more and more people refer to it, should be delivered to them soon.
As for the important characteristics of this workspace, from the users’ perspective:
- Access to it has to be transparent. They must have an ‘on-demand’ connectivity environment that allows them to have secure access to the data and/or applications they need to complete the tasks at hand, without worrying about authenticating every time, on the device of their choice. Solutions such as Cisco AnyConnect and the Cisco Identity Services Engine provide these capabilities, and clearly there is pent up demand for such a solution deployed broadly across the enterprise.
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Tags: byod, Cisco, collaboration, desktop virtualization, interop, mobility, unified workspace, workspace
802.11ac: The Fifth Generation of Wi-Fi Technology
In the last few months, there have been a lot of written on the emerging 802.11ac standard. This next generation of Wi-Fi promises to be very exciting since 802.11ac will address some critical pain points faced by users of 802.11n today – more bandwidth and more simultaneous users. To help explain the technology, we put together a new Fundamentals video. You’ll learn about new features such as:
- Operating in the 5GHz band
- Wider channels (80MHz & 160MHz) which means more capacity in the band
- Increased modulation with 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation), providing a significant increase in throughput over 802.11n which has 64 QAM
- Downlink Multi-User MIMO which allows an AP to transmit to multiple clients simultaneously
- Up to 8 Spatial streams which doubles the number of spatial streams used in 802.11n
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Tags: 802.11ac, 802.11n, byod, mobility, mu-mimo, wlan