I "partly agree" with you as well. Even in the 90's, Lotus Notes was FAR more than email with attachments; it made networked, distributed apps possible years before it became possible with browsers, etc.
That said, it's quite true that it took millions of "smart" mobile devices and a huge internet/cloud infrastrure to "change the world."
I suspect there was (is?) a sort of co-evolution going on between the huge advances in technology and the attitudes of both users and the folks who used to be pent up - and rather isolated - inside the "glass house."
Well, I partly agree with you but you should define what "work" is. Back in the 90s, Lotus tried helping when collaboration was sending emails with documents attached. Collaboration in the 2000 was different and its certainly different now.
Cloud computing, mobile networks and applications are here to change the world.
Is it just me, or does this sound an awful lot like a Lotus' descriptions back in the 90's of "Working Together" and "Collaboration" using Lotus Notes to enable collaboration across geos, business units, etc. - yes, even with customers (although I'll admit that part was a bit weaker back then)? I see very little of what is now dubbed "Social Business" that is truly new, except perhaps the mass-oriented apps like Twitter.
Of course, some things HAVE changed... Now that the tools are more ubiquitous (Lotus Notes not required), many more can participate. And just as important (if not more so), the collaborative (oops, "social") mind-set has expanded from the core base of evangelists, etc. to become part of a broad 'industry consensus' - and therefore now seen as safe (safer?) for investment.
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