I have only been back at work for a few months. A year off to have my daughter and life is unrecognisable from what it once was. Whilst I had planned for the inevitable chaos a small infant would bring, what has floored me the most is how obsessed I am with network coverage.
Wifi hotspots at cafes, hotels, airports and the office. Mobile signals up a hill, in a shop, round a supermarket, it is never ending. I would not define myself as a “techy”, but I do find I am often head down staring at my mobile or laptop judging whether I have adequate signal and if not, why not? If I move an inch to the left will it improve? Friends and particularly my husband think I have gone mad, what could possibly be that important that I need network access this much... internet access, Google maps, apps on my phone, video conferencing, checking emails, text messages, Twitter, foursquare check ins, Peekaboo Barn?
It is all that and more. Technology has changed and the way we use it has changed. Home broadband providers, mobile phone operators and even at work, IT departments are all playing catch up to keep up with the demand consumers are making of what would seem every day use of our networks. Consumerisation of IT or BYOD? Whatever the latest hype trend or phrase is, it is not set to diminish and demand and expectations will only increase. Recent research that Juniper Networks conducted with Forrester shows that simply upping bandwidth is not enough anymore. Old methods of network design and build have reached a shelf life and a radical new approach to networking is needed. Here are some of the main findings from the research:
The expectation has been set and whether it is keeping in contact with family and friends, finding the way to a new restaurant or museum, being available for a conference call or responding to an email whilst juggling the nursery pick up it is all part and parcel of life today. Technology can be a burden, but it can also make life easier, makes you more able to multi-task and aid your work life balance. What new technologies have helped change the way you work? Drop your comments below or join our Consumerisation of IT LinkedIn group to participate in the discussions.