A dialogue with my son

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The world seems to be so much focused on media tablets now so we seem to forget the alternatives.

Son: I bought a Google Chrome Computer the other day

Me: Why?

Son: Why not?

Me: If I remember right you can only run it through the Google Chrome browser. No applications, no storage…?

Son: So what? Of course I have applications but not locally stored. Everything is on the web in “the cloud”

Me: Ok, ok but where do you save all your files?

Son: What files? I have no files.

Me: ?

Me: You have more files than I have!

Son: I have content. Pictures at Flickr and Picasa. Videos at YouTube and others. Documents at Google Doc. Programming and source code at github.com and so on.

Me: Hmmm. But you have some files that are not so easy to categorize right?

Son: I also have for instance Dropbox or box.net if I want.

Me: But what happen if you have no internet connection?

Son: In that case I can’t do much but there are HTML5 applications that can be run offline. I can answer emails and work with documents offline. I am almost never offline and I have other computers. In fact I have my own server!

Me: Gotcha!

Son: I don’t think so. 99% of the time I can use my Chrome Computer without problems.

Me: Why not just buy an media tablet with a keyboard and get all the Apps as well?

Son: The best question so far! Yes, I thought about it but I wanted to try this concept when “everyone” else is trying iPads.

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I suddenly felt very old but I’m recovered now :)

Well, Google have a point with their cloud computer but maybe a bit early for enterprises. From a security standpoint the Chrome computer is more secure than anything else. There are some shortcomings of course. The available applications are not even close to iPads and Android tablets. With the HTML5 the situation will probably slowly change however.
The comparison with media tablets is not so far off. They are both internet focused. They both start up and close down immediately. I have a feeling that we will see combinations of both these concepts in the future.

Who needs an operating system?

I use a local search or my desk and Google on the net. Well, with Google desk I can use the same search engine. I use Office programs on my local data and Google Docs (or even better in my opinion is Zoho.com) for the same type of documents on the net or in the "cloud" that it is called these days. An OS (operating system) is very local and only helps me with things local on the computer. The modern web browser is very capable and can work both locally and on the net. I would prefer that the browser is my interface both locally and on the net. If I have a folder it is not so important if it is local or on a server or both. I just want to find it easily with the same browser and the same search engine. Of course I have to set it up if I want to have it here or there but after that I don't care. I just want to use my data. There may be many reasons for why I would like to have it locally or in the "cloud". Currently I have to remember if the document is on Google Docs, or Zoho.com or stored locally and use the web browser on the net and Office programs for local office data and so on. Let's use the browser and the search engine regardless of if it is local or out there. The next step is when the web browser can organize and start applications as well and understand file types etc. The applications can of course also be located in the cloud. Just one step further, let the CPU power be local, on the net or both. Now we are really talking cloud computing! image by akakumuReblog this post [with Zemanta]

Converging pro & perso

Over the last years, many deployment strategies in IT industry are based on standardizing end users desktops and smart phones,…. The less device they have to manage, the lower would be their support costs.  Support models were designed to support that model.  

It is amazing to see that as an employee I do not manage an IT problem the same way I do it at home:

At the office, as soon as I have a problem, I call the help desk. At home, the help desk : it is me. And I find easily support from Google.

The new generation that will be hired use to find out answers to their questions using Internet.

Furthermore, we see now on the market several changes that may be considered to refine our end user desktop management:

  1. Virtualization and Cloud Computing are 2 key major changes that will impact the mangement of IT equipments. The device to connect is not so important as it was before… The added value will come from the layer that get access to the data and apps. Garnters says that by 2013 40% of desktops will be virtualized…
  2. Employees have at home or in their pocket their own PC or smart phone. Sometimes these assests are the latest technology (powerfull, fast,…) whereas the ones provided by the companies are old, not powerfull (low cost entry models).

So imagin merging both worlds? The personal and professional device in one single device…
Companies can also take benefit from that employees are ready to invest to have their high end devices (fasters, powerfull,…).

New business models are coming.  Dekstop and smartphone mangement will change in the next years.

Is this a shared vision ?


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