The Era of Infocentricity Has Begun

Here’s a thought for the day: "The computer no longer matters – only the information does." That’s the proclamation of Craig Mathias, a principal with Farpoint Group, a wireless and mobile advisory firm. In a pointed InformationWeek editorial, Mathias contends that: 

The business climate will continue to place an ever-greater emphasis on cost/performance for some time. As a direct consequence, more workers will be mobile; the office will continue to become an abstraction. And everyone’s dependence upon timely access to information, communications, and other IT resources, no matter where they might happen to be, will continue to grow. Advances in wireless technology were profound in the last decade, but the next 10 years will be remembered as the era where we all became, for lack of a better term, truly location-independent.

This new era of "infocentricity," as Mathias calls it, could also be called the era of cloud computing, since we’re all now well-versed in the advantages of moving some enterprise operations onto the Internet using subscription and pay-as-you-go models. We’re done with the "computercentric era," Mathias says. In this new age, "apps aren’t really as bound to devices as is the case with the PC."

Read Mathias’s entire essay to get a fresh perspective on what we’re all already talking about: the increasing mobility of the workforce that demands applications everywhere, on any device.

— Don Willmott

3 Responses to “The Era of Infocentricity Has Begun”

  1. Fred Guidry

    Then why are companies continuing to hire awful writers who post crap on their expensive websites?

    I see so many companies with wonderful, well designed websites, filled with horribly written content.

    A writer who was born and educated in another country may or may not be brilliant … but odds are, that person has a different speaking and writing style than most Americans are used to reading. Attention spans are shorter these days. How many Americans are willing to trudge though heavy, awkward prose written in the attempt to duplicate the King’s English?

    Then there’s the stuff written by arrogant developers who think they can do it all. Some can, but a degreed Technical Writer can usually spot bad writing in five seconds.

    Why are companies spending so much money to develop websites, and then budget pennies for the content posted on those sites?