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Posted by David Johnson on October 10, 2011
Sedition is simmering in the halls of corporations the world over, as the thirst for productivity and new tools grows faster than IT organizations can quench it with supply. 2012 promises to be the most transformative year for end user computing since the release of the IBM PC in 1981. The escalation of 4 trends - each individually interesting but together explosive, will bring phase changes in the way Highly Empowered and Resourceful Operatives work, and offer previously captive employees new options for productive freedom by this time next year.
All of this will be set against the backdrop of Windows 7 on the majority of corporate laptops and PCs, after 10 years of Windows XP. The interesting nuance that bears watching is -- for the top performers and HEROs, the apex of the bell curve has long passed and everyone knows how to use Windows for advanced knowledge work these days. Ergo, it's no longer as easy to differentiate oneself on the strength of being Windows-savvy. The Windows PC may no longer be the most compelling source of personal competitive advantage or convenience, as it was in the 90s. On top of that, even if Windows 8 shapes up to be a beauty (which looks to be the case!) most employees are chained to the Windows update cycle dictated by their IT organizations. The only way around it is to push a completely different personal technology agenda, and be left alone while IT catches up. More next week as we explore what it means and make some surprising calls for 2012.
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