Posted By thestatedtruth.com on November 18, 2013
Back in December of last year, Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak talked about IT (Information Technology) Forecasts for 2013. One of his thoughts listed in Forbes click here: (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2012/12/13/woz-the-great-and-powerful-his-it-forecasts-for-2013/) involved BYOD. That stands for Bring Your Own Device, meaning iPad’s and cell phones that can work on office projects and utilize computer access from anywhere. Here is a look at what the great Waz is thinking about.
Businesses will think differently about BYOD and consumerization of IT
BYOD – bring your own device – is a complicated topic, but one of the main advantages is the ability to work with the device you’re familiar with – the one you choose to use in your own life to connect with the people and things that are important to you. And we personalize our devices to make them truly our own. You can’t pick up a colleague’s smartphone and be just as productive with it – key apps will be missing, app icons will be placed in different physical locations, the screen size may be too big or small for your purposes, and in the end limit your effectiveness.
Businesses will continue to adapt to employees’ needs and the BYOD trend, but they will always want to provide employees with mobile devices, which inevitably feel more like company property. However, I think employees will not think twice about personalizing these devices the way they personalize their own devices in the coming year more so than ever. Businesses will learn that it is worth investing resources to diversify the platforms and devices they provide and support – not just for efficiency’s sake but to also increase morale. “Choice” is happiness and will become a motivational tool enterprises use to their advantage.
And finally, collaboration will transcend platforms.
It will be increasingly important for any given collaboration package or other app to run on a multitude of platforms – not just one. Taking the easy way out and developing for just one platform will not be acceptable. To be fair though, this multi-platform support imperative extends way beyond BYOD. Like I said in the beginning, 2013 is going to be the year of choice. Whether it’s your phone or the company’s, working from your office or the coffee shop, one option isn’t going to cut it anymore and the companies who can anticipate the next way to use technology smartly and effectively are the ones that will rise to the top this year.
Interestingly, HopTo ticker symbol HPTO, (www.hopto.com) a small software company in Campbell California has just released (Thursday, November 14) their comprehensive mobile workspace Apple iPad app, and it’s right in line with what the great Wozniak was explaining above. They’ve build a program that allows BYOD Apple iPad’s to work perfectly on two of Microsoft’s most important programs, Word and Excel, and it operates without old style screen scraping techniques used by competitors.
This is a big big thing. The program allows computers to be accessed independent of their location from anywhere, and at any time including the ability to multitask multiple documents at the same time. It also allows access to aggregate documents wherever they are stored i.e., public clouds including drop box, google drive, box,or sky dive, and personal clouds, home PC and work PC. While other companies (LogMeIn, GoToMyPC,and Splash Top), have the ability to do some or all of these things, they use an older screen scrapping technology which does not size the program to screen properly. We would suggest anyone using BYOD go to the Apple app store or HopTo’s website and download this free HopTo app and see just how transformational it really is.
Lastly, this proves that many small companies can be inovative and early to market with new IT (Information Technology).
Sources: Wise Dog Research, Forbes, www.hopto.com