For many years I have hated the decade slide many people use to show the evolution of cloud, why? Because it never includes mobile devices. I believe the evolution of mobility is what will and continues to change the world.
In 1997 I carried a digital phone with me everywhere. It was a clamshell Motorola phone. I actually had the add on that connected the phone to your computer. I had all my numbers and contacts embedded in my phone. It was a phone.
In 2000 period I still had the Cellular phone but now I included a PocketPC. I no longer had the fat Motorola phone because I kept everything synced on my PPC. Eventually I got an air card for my PPC and now I could get my email live with me everywhere. The Compaq ppc device included sleeves for just about every conceivable need (need more storage? add the CF reader. Need a GPS, add the GPS sleeve)
In 2004 I dropped the phone and the PPC and moved to the PPC phone. It connected me to email, entertained me on long flights with games and media and was the only device I needed (except for my Archos device for extended media and my music/digital picture collection of my family in case I got lonely).
By 2010 I was using a windows phone, it didn’t support as many of the older PPC applications as I would have liked so I had an old PPC phone as well. They were faster devices but other than the phone there were few add-ons. I missed the ability of the device adding and removing functionality when I needed it.
In late 2011 I moved for a time to an android device. It was a good phone and a good device at the time. It wasn’t in the end what I was looking for so I left T-Mobile (their East Coast coverage at the time was spotty at best) and went to AT&T and the iPhone.
Now I can use my iPhone as a dark restaurant menu flashlight. A small text expander. A telephoto and 3d camera. A macro lens for examine small things.
You see that is what really drives cloud and change with both the consumer and IT world. Not the creation of client server solutions that bridge between the mainframe and the server. No it is the mobile device that in the end builds, manages and expands the requirements end users have.
The evolution of the cellular device continues. Soon we won’t have laptops and we won’t have desktops, just a personal device we carry with us and plug into our monitor at work. That will be our cellular device, our workstation and in the end our connectivity.
I wonder what the power will be like, then?