You may be a part of one of the growing segments who rely on mobile technology for rapid communication–voice or text or email. Web sites and apps are in a quick ramp-up mode to accommodate your need for immediate access. Many social applications that deliver services such as appointment setting, weather, reservations, books, delivery of items, traffic, news, etc., all are mobile worthy. Such access supports the individual who operates in the “I need it now,” “I need it on the road,” and I have to be part of the “multi-tasker” world, either by choice or by occupation.

It is a fast-paced option for information. However, it is not without logistical hazards. You may not have full access when traveling abroad, or in tunnels, subways, cruise ships, or buildings that block access structurally or intentionally. It has social implications from restrictions on using mobile technology while driving, speaking in public places, or taking calls or messaging while at dinner, as examples. Many individuals consider it rude to use mobile devices in restaurants, movies, or other entertainment venues, and the range of volume in ring tones, and voices contributes to that determination. In addition, there is always the simple issue of being able to see  the device and information, to quickly take notes, or share documents when using a mobile device in a conversation and to be able to flip between referenced sources, all while coping with background noise.

There is a reduction in dependence on desktop computers because of the reliance on mobile devices. However, mobile technology is currently an enhancement to productivity when someone does not have access to desktop capabilities and needs that access. Applications such as Access, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, or Final Cut do not lend themselves to mobile applications for large jobs or major creative work. Individuals using two or three screens or more in their work are not going to be able to be as productive on the road with a simple mobile device, no matter how sophisticated. Corporate systems with multiple programs have not made most of their systems available for mobile access due to security considerations.

The necessity in business of melding records from social media networks and online written communication and file-sharing providers into corporate record-keeping systems persists. Strides have been made in merging calendars, email, and contacts. However, the substance of  collaborating online, as well as adding and retaining records in corporate systems remains elusive.

Desktop computers will remain, even if the desktop used is a docked laptop, but it is a pleasure to be a part of this technology evolution and watch the issues resolve.

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