I think what I was getting at is an environment where there just isn't an office, a headquarters, a home base any more. You are just out there, in touch in various ways, sharing a pool of data and tools also not housed in an office. This is already the reality for some enterprises I'm sure.
I like to think that rules have to be set for video chat, and that such events will have to be planned in advance, but I have a feeling it will begin to be used as IM is. In other words, when I want to talk to you, I will just video chat you, and you'll be ready to receive it.
Perhaps I am being unfair on larger corporations. I am imagining well-established brick and mortar locations, dozens of conference rooms, hierarchical management which relies on addressing groups of people. I am sure that image is becoming outdated.
@Mary. I wonder if it is better to think of this as instant messaging, group-based, with the option of video. It seems to me much more agile and accessible than group video conferences where everyone has to crowd into a room and try to be on camera.
Still haven't used Google+ hangouts. Good for groups, good for video, also good for mobile? Sounds like the same direction. Maybe not as clearly targeted at enterprise as a Skype Business tool would be.
@Nicole. Two sides of the coin there and related to Paul's blog on cyberloafing. The playday is extending too, workday and playday becoming less distinguishable. Especially if you are on your own mobile platform from the backyard.
@Mary: I see a conceptual link. Of course, we've been able to access data held in the office from remote locations for years. But data in the cloud, employees attached to mobile platforms, even for meetings. What office?
I guess, in summary, the question is whether we are rushing much fast than we thought into a radically different workinf environment, where borders between work time/play time, office/out of office, etc cease to make sense?
The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
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