I am a tourist! Not the cool, laid-back “oh yeah, I’ve been there” kind … more like the “oh-my-gosh-we’ve-got-to-do-1000-things-while-we’re-here” kind. Think Clark Griswold, with lots of caffeine.
Even as a seasoned traveler who should know better, I still love to visit the places other tourists go, take pictures of the same sights tourists always capture on their cameras, and then impose my stories and photographs on innocent people like you. (See the photo? You’ve just been imposed upon. Thank you.)
As part of the LexisNexis InterAction team, I get to travel regularly for various reasons … which translates into more tourist photo opportunities in between the working bits. But that same schedule has also given me a very personal appreciation for what we’re trying to accomplish on the Mobility front.
Just because I’m on the road doesn’t mean the day-to-day work stops. There’s an expectation that – even while traveling – I’m still going to chip away at the project to-do list, cycle though the endless stream of emails, stay in touch and continue being productive. Case in point: this blog posting is being drafted from Seat 17C, which is about 38,000 feet higher than my chair cushion normally reaches.
Technology tools are great enablers, and it’s no surprise the mobile ones are gaining favor. Everything seems to be getting smaller, more portable and more powerful all at the same time. The PC moves from desktop to laptop to netbook to tablet; and landline phones take on cellular characteristics, add data to the mix and then become smarter. The changes are upsetting to some.
Market intelligence firm IDC (International Data Corporation) just released its regular Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report showing PC shipments were down 13.9 percent for the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter last year. That significant drop marks the worst quarterly performance since IDC began its quarterly tracking back in 1994, and also the fourth consecutive quarterly decline in year-to-year shipment totals.
What’s happening? Depending on the analyst or article, you’ll find multiple answers: disappearing notebook shipments, Windows 8, price comparisons that make PCs less attractive, enterprise customers deferring purchases, vendor difficulties and other pertinent considerations. Pick one or more, they all affect the totals. (Note: No tourists were mentioned or blamed in the analysis of this situation.)
However, one factor seems to be growing in importance: the shift of consumer preferences toward tablets and smartphones. Let’s hear it for Mobility! If workers can be just as productive traveling with a handy tablet, why wouldn’t they grab one? And, one less PC ships.
So goes the history of technology … one incremental and evolutionary step after another that gives people better ways and new tools to address their needs. You’ll find a similar progression with InterAction® Mobility; in less than a year, we’re already up to our third release. It started with adding mobility features for remote information access; then the solution became global; and now the yardsticks move again to start giving people the power to add and edit data. And the simplest word to describe all the enhancements coming up next is: more. That’s the nature of the technology beast.
With all my traveling for business and as a “card-carrying tourist,” I’m an easy convert to the productivity power found in mobile solutions. After all, I’m one of those “got-to-do-1000-things-while-we’re-here” kind of people. The good thing is, as features and capabilities grow, so does the user population. Every day, I’ve got more company.
We may be getting dangerously close to reaching critical mass … the point where we’re compelled to sponsor a cheesy photo contest for mobile community tourists. That’s not an idle threat. I know you’re out there, away from your desks, close to all the wondrous sights waiting to be captured by a smart phone or tablet photo.
I’m game. Anyone have a good touristy snapshot you’re willing to share? Just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe we can help you impose it on others.