I have experienced several IT transformations in my experience:
Punched-card – Mainframe
… to Teletype – Mainframe
… to Terminal – Mainframe/Mini
… to PC – Mainframe/Mini
… to PC – LAN
… to PC – Client/Server
… to Browser – Static Web
… to Browser – Server-side Web
… to Device – Restful Web
… to Device – Cloud
All this has driven to Jeffery Hammond’s Modern Application which blends our device/cloud/big-data into one user experience which has sparked our current move to Modern IT where Apps rule and the Cloud does all our heavy-lifting.
Success is measured by the size of your app store and your social following.
This model/phase should easily fuel the consuming economy for the next few years and as corporate enterprises onboard, even longer.
But… what’s next? What happens after we are flooded with more apps & services than we can consume? After the current cash-cow feeding on the “modern” movement wanes, where will that leave IT?
I propose that those long-range planners amongst us consider the reality that we will soon need to deal with the Post Modern IT era of our technological evolution.
Once we’ve completed establishing a stable, structured, and rationalized devices & services oriented ecosystem, our constituents will become bored and react with chaos, flux, and an unsatisfied need for change. The moment we believe we have once again gained control over our destiny, we will upset that cart seeking a post-modern solution to our further need for individuality and expression beyond what the best commodity computing can offer.
“Pimping our ride” with surface decoration will soon fall short and post-modern models will be needed to pull a despondent user base from modern IT apathy into a new era of Post Modern IT where their individual interests, needs, and expression can be accommodated built upon the great Modern IT infrastructure we are currently building today.
Are you one of our long-range thinkers? What will you see as a focus in our Post Modern IT era?