Sunday 22 November 2009

The mobile generation

With 2009 quickly coming to an end I was reminded a few days back of what we were working on ten years ago in oracle as consultants. The Y2K and dot com money making making machines were in full flow and the dot com money men were full of promises of the benefits of a fully connected world, micro payments, and new ways of socially interacting. Back then the infrastructure and services where not quite there - but ten years on has their vision been realised?

With almost every teenage child having a mobile phone capable of accessing the Internet, messaging (SMS, instant, picture), tweeting etc and with the dawn of online app stores with items that people are prepared to utilise micropayments for, it's hard to say that they were wrong. However, instead of business 2 business or adult 2 adult embracing these technologies it is our younger generations who have not only embraced these technologies but have put it at the heart of their social interactions.

What is this social revolution doing to our societies, cultures and businesses?

Over the next few weeks I will be writing about how different types of technology are impacting the fabric of our society - in both good and bad ways (in my opinion anyway - and I would be glad to hear yours as always!).

In order to make my comments more 'real' I will be using the various technologies I will be discussing themselves and showing how they can impact the way we communicate.

...... And the first example is this blog item.....

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone


Anonymous said...

With the technology as it currently is do you think that the mechanics behind the technology can hold out? We are hearing more and more that; for example, the capabilities of the iPhone are overpowering the network that runs it and the download speed is becoming slower and slower as people use the technology.
Are our focuses too much on the front end rather than the products/solutions that hold it all together... Granted as new mobile networks obtain the contracts to sell the iphone in time we should see a better service as the usage is spread across networks - Is there the ability to understand what is happening behind the scenes of the mobile infrastructure and the plans to improve the services that these products use. Does this side of things interest you?

Mike Vickers said...

Nice idea, Simon.....looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

The interesting thing to me is that, as you say, it's the younger generation who are driving a lot of this technology change through their social demands. As this generation grows up and becomes our workforce, there will undoubtedly be some major challenges to the enterprise software status quo.

However, before we get there....there's an even more interesting question: how are enterprise software vendors going to deal with a workforce made up of 4 distinct tech-generations (and cater for all of their needs simultaneously). This was a question posed at last weeks UKOUG that got me thinking....

Happy Christmas and catch you soon....

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