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Technology begins at home

Vonage In Print NewsSeptember 22, 2003
By Tim Bajarin

With business users as its main focus, the PC industry has pretty much spent most of its life taking aim at the role of a PC in business and enterprise markets.

But in 1992, the PC vendors took a bit of a detour with the introduction of the CD-ROM and began trying to influence more users to buy PCs for their homes.

However, if you look at the actual trend at that time, the main buyers of these “multimedia” PCs were strictly business users who had a PC at the office and had become very familiar with using a PC for mainstream business applications.

Products like Quicken and Microsoft Money gained in popularity back then, and the CD-ROM became a tool for delivering education programs for kids in the family.

History records that the PC market really took off when the PC became a versatile tool in the home for its use in managing home finances and delivering educational programs and even in a down enterprise market, purchases of PCs for home use remained relatively strong.

Although PC sales for business markets are starting to gain momentum, it is important to note that the PC vendors are putting much more energy into developing PCs with richer features for home users, and perhaps more importantly, starting to push the PC as the hub of personal digital lifestyles.

This trend is important because when you talk to companies like Dell and HP, they point out that many of the major trends in business actually start with business users who try out the newer technologies either personally or with the family, and then take them back to the office and try to integrate them into their business lifestyle.

Consequently, about 50% of my work for the major PC companies today includes a hard look at consumer technology adoption cycles.

PDAs lead the way

The most significant example of this is the PDA. Handheld computers spent the first three years of their lives being purchased by business users for personal use.

Over time, software companies started creating software that could be used in serious business applications and with the introduction of the Pocket PC by Microsoft, PDAs started being brought into companies through the front door instead of being back-doored by individual users asking the IT directors to support them.

Another key example of this was the CD-ROM. For the first five years of the CD-ROM’s life, it was mostly used in home PCs. But eventually, it became quite important to business users, and now optical disks are standard fare on any business PC.

A more recent example of this has been Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi has really taken off because of its use as a wireless home networking environment and users have become quite taken by their freedom to roam their houses with laptops and connect at all times.

IT managers tell me that they are getting major requests from their users to bring Wi-Fi into corporate campuses and this consumer trend is quickly being transferred to business usage as well.

While PC vendors have clearly taken note of these trends, only recently have IT directors come to realise that if they want to stay one up on the trends of the future, they, too, have to keep a closer eye on these consumers and how they use technology in their personal lifestyles.

Either you’re IM or you’re out

One key consumer trend that IT managers are watching closely, outside of issues like security, spam, and virus management, is instant messaging (IM) and its use in collaboration.

They know that consumers have already embraced IM in many ways and are making it a key component of their communication process.

Various studies in the works are looking at the potential impact of IM on business communications and its role in helping curb corporate expenses. WebEx and Placeware are already staples of online collaboration, but many see IM as being an even more important business communication tool.

Another key consumer trend they are watching is Voip (voice over IP). Early adopters speak glowingly of the way it cuts down on telephone costs, even with its one-second delay, and find that new Voip tools from companies like Vonage make it so simple to use that it is catching on rapidly with US consumers.

There is also one important example of the use of Voip and real-time collaboration that IT directors in the know are watching even closer, that is, the use of Voip as a part of the XBOX gaming collaboration: up to 16 gamers can be talking to each other in real time while playing a game online.

With this approach, Microsoft is in essence learning how to create a communications back-end for Voip and the collaborative process and many IT directors see Microsoft applying this knowledge to Exchange Servers, as well as their PlaceWare tools and, in essence, providing a kind of Voip PBX system for corporate environments in the future.

In the wireless space, we are also seeing Wi-Fi becoming a communications backbone for dedicated telephones using Voip within manufacturing plants and even on some large corporate campuses. Intel is already using them in plants in Asia and has been a large proponent of Wi-Fi-based telephony.

Although standard Voip is starting to be studied by the Federal Communications Commission and could possibly come under regulatory rules in the US as early as 2004, Wi-Fi-based telecommunications will most likely stay unregulated since its range is limited to LAN-based infrastructures.

Easy, phone home

The other consumer-based technology on the IT manager’s radar is the videophone.

Apple’s approach, which ties their new iSight camera to instant messaging services, is a big hit with consumers in the US. The use of videophones within corporate markets, except via serious videophone systems set up in large conference rooms, has been a bust to date.

But Apple is proving that if the camera is high quality, yet inexpensive and tied directly to a simple IM backbone, its use as a peer-to-peer videophone has real consumer appeal.

Various IT managers have told me that they have been asked to provide this type of videophone feature for some of their mobile workers who have to be away from the families a lot of time.

This way, they can connect to a hotel’s high-speed Internet system and be able to say goodnight to their kids with this laptop/videophone solution.

While demand for this type of personal videophone within corporate markets will be minimal at first, if the videophone begins to take off with consumers, it could also make its way into corporate environments in short order as well.

So, if IT folks really want to stay ahead of the trends, I suggest that they not only keep their eyes on the more traditional IT technologies, but also look closely at what the consumers are doing with new technologies as well.

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