I was reviewing the accelerating change I’ve witnessed this year for both business and IT.
At the end of the year, it remains obvious that change is a continuum – even when major change is not manifesting and being managed within the organization, you must track change with-out: New products, resultant enablements, efficiencies to be gained, risks, and the appropriate scale and match to your org. And… timing is everything, as they say…
One aspect of this accelerating change, and its sponsor of universal challenge to business, is the proliferation of endpoint devices and users’ access (and expectations for access) to business content. A conventional office is not quite the antique-equivalent of a manual typewriter, but that “core” tradition of the office-bound, fixed, worker is shattered as a universal model for all business, and is fast being shattered in new realms and businesses all the time.
Access to content is becoming an expectation no matter the circumstance; conference rooms are the obvious and quite longstanding members of the “remote” (that is, non-internal-desktop) access. Satellite offices, and allied agencies, were next. Home offices made their entry – no longer merely a place to handle the household budget and taxes, a home office now is a full-range extension of the formal workplace: online access to all work applications, internet tools and research, e-mail, color printing, scanning, and manipulation of content.
Add to this all manner of access devices; laptops, phones, Kindles, virtual desktop interfaces, and the subsequent explosion of ready-access by employees, developers, vendors, VARs, brother-and-sister agencies, contractors, oversight agencies… There is not only a proliferation of devices and access-points for monitor and control, there is the accompanying population and ‘round-the-clock challenge that comes with this. It bears mentioning that if means and access increases for authorized personnel, then too does it increase for unauthorized personnel.
But, we’re up to the challenge. I know it. Stay safe this upcoming year.
Meantime: Happy New Year.
NP: Lonely Woman, Andy Summers, Jazz24.org