Feel that warmth in the air – we’re excited to bring you the first news roundup of the spring season! There were a few really interesting articles this week we’d like to share with you, so let’s dive in.
Over at eBizQ, Dion Hinchcliffe outlines his view of the next-generation enterprise landscape for 2012. He discusses more than 20 different trends, including web apps, internet of things, and big data, but admits it’s not an exhaustive list. The overwhelming trend, though, consumerization: Dion points to 2012 as the year consumerization upset the enterprise.
Speaking of consumerization, Colin Steele filed an interesting post this week at brianmadden.com, arguing that consumerization is challenging how we think about simplification. Traditionally we’ve thought of simplification as a byproduct of consolidation – the fewer devices we need to do everything, the better. But Colin says the personal cloud era has users wanting to be able to access their data (and applications) wherever they are, on whichever device is most suitable at the time. Colin points out, there’s no easy solution for IT, but we’d say implementing a mobile device management program is a great start.
Finally this week, in an ITWorld Canada article titled, “Why your workplace should try some flexibility,” Harmeet Singh discusses a recent Citrix survey that found the majority of respondents were embracing or planning to implement “workshifting,” the company’s term for flexible work environments, including the choice to work remotely. Among the benefits of workshifting: operating cost savings, employee retention, and worker flexibility. Is your organization workshifting, or thinking about implementing it? Is it a sustainable work model? Let us know in the comments.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the spring weather if it’s nice where you are!
(image via http://ebizq.net/blogs/enterprise by Dion Hinchcliffe