In my experience as a SysAdmin I’ve had the opportunity to put my hands on several IT infrastructures and I’ve seen many ways of using the IT technologies. I’ve seen things that humans….oops that was another thing 🙂
Actually I’m not managing these infrastructures anymore because I’ve crossed the border and have become an IT user leaving the burden of administering to someone else so I’ve had the time and occasion to think about it.
In an era in which web based applications are already an obsolete thought, in which most of our activities are web based and the main goal of many IT managers is concentrate IT functions in one place in order to reduce maintenance, running costs, energy consumption and so on. So it will probably come one day when the company where we work for will be a unique network based place.
Said this I wonder: is the mainframe concept coming back?
Together with this phenomena we also can see the software industry to act in this direction too; Microsoft just released their web based Office suite and image editing has gone to the web, various companies have provided tools that allow you to keep your stuff on the web (Live Mesh, Gmail, etc) and users don’t have to think of backups, antivirus and all of the things they have usually manage. As you see these are evolutions of the old terminals!!!
But we’re not anymore in the past, we’re actually living our present and have to think about the future…let’s do an effort and try to imagine this.
Another thing we have to think of is the network connection that is becoming, day after day, available everywhere. GPRS, Edge, UMTS, HDSPA, WiMax, BlackBerry are all technologies that aim at keep you connected and, once you’re hooked to the Internet, be able to reach your company’s network and perform your tasks. Additionally more and more companies are dealing with an increasing number of home-office users that work 8 hours a day by not being present in the office.
I’m a person who loves to visualize that means that when I think I usually create a mental image of what I’m thinking about so let’s see how I imagine my working days in the future.
My car will mount what I call device that is a mix of a car radio, movie/mp3 player, GPS navigator, thin client that is continuously connected to the internet and this will be in communication with a kind of AI that behaves as my personal secretary.
I enter my car and put my daughter in the back seat, turn on the engine and turn on the device.
“Hi James, so what’s new today?” – I ask by voice to the device that I’m use to call James.
“Good morning Alessandro, you’ve received 12 new emails last night, do you want me to read them?” – James responds.
“Yes please but keep it short, I just woke up!”
“1st message is from IT Department and says that the scheduled maintenance shutdowns have been performed, then John Doe wrote you about the last conference call with Contoso, he attached a Word document too…” – James keeps telling until I say him to stop and schedule a meeting with John and to send a meeting request to the Contoso guys too.
I watch in the rear-mirror and ask to my daughter: “Honey, do you want to see some cartoons? Or I’d switch to MTV?”
The novel can go ahead for the whole working day but I let you imagine what life could really look like.
I’m looking forward living these days…that shouldn’t be so far anyway 🙂