They call it ‘consumerisation’, I call it the future
Product Manager - Cloud
I think it's fair to say that for most of us now, technology is a big part of our lives, whether it's at work or at home – possibly even more so at home now. I know it's a massive part of my life. Smart phones, tablets, laptops, set top streaming devices, and smart home devices. Central to all of this, is the connected world. All these devices are connected to one another and to the outside world, all via the Internet.
I can safely say that my personal use of technology at home has massively driven my behaviour when using technology at work. Having all my media content in one place but accessible from anywhere on any device; being able to setup photo sharing groups with friends and family and enabling them to collectively comment on and even chat about my photos in real time – these are things I now expect and take for granted at home and on the go.
It's this use of technology and device behaviour that has changed the way that I work. My working life is no longer solely based in a single office, having to only work between particular hours. I am no longer limited to particular devices and applications. If I was, my productivity and working efficiency would be severely limited.
I embrace this change in technology, using new technology and services such as Office 365 or iCloud enabling me to be able to work from anywhere on any device with all my content available and synchronised. Being able to contact, communicate, and collaborate with colleagues and clients from anywhere in the world in real time is the norm now. The value I get out of these services is amazing, and it's changing the way organisations, not just people, work and function.
And more importantly, these changes are only the beginning. As the next generation of workers join the workforce we will be working with a generation whose expectation of how they should be helped by technology will far exceed what exists today. We have to embrace the changes in front of us today to ensure our success tomorrow!