Where the tech power lies…

In recent years a profound switch has taken place in who has the technological advantage. Not so long ago, it was big organisations – government and corporations – that had the resources to lay their hands on the most sophisticated systems.

Yet in recent years, mired in regulation and bounded by cost, their systems have become cumbersome. Most people working in corporates wait months or years for upgrades to clear the IT department. People have to go through hoops to get some new app added to their system. Meanwhile, at home, it’s not that hard or expensive for many of us to get the latest thing.

Where organisations require big technological firewalls, as individuals we can be nimbler, make more personal judgements for good or ill, and network very easily.

The tech advantage is now with the customer, not the corporation. The smartest network bypasses the corporate hierarchy. I think the significance of this has yet to be fully experienced.

And in his recent video, Tom Guarriello made another telling point: even when we’re inside the corporate firewall, many of now have in our hands our own private computer – so what use is it the firm trying to ban us from facebook, or whatever?

1 thought on “Where the tech power lies…

  1. Robert Paterson

    So true Johnnie

    The worst example I have heard of recently is the Emergency Services people at the Government of Canada. These are the folks who coordinate when floods etc happen.

    The Good news is that they were all given really powerful laptops – makes sense – the bad news is that the security on the laptops is so extreme that they can only be used st the office!

    Go figure

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