“not that long ago, people’s most sophisticated computing experience was at work, and computing was limited at home. Now, in most cases, the opposite is true. The consumerization of IT is a result of the availability of excellent devices, interfaces and applications with minimal learning curves. As a result of using these well-designed devices, people have become more sophisticated users of technology, and the individual has been empowered. People expect access to similar functionality across all their roles and make fewer distinctions between work and non-work activities”.
My “little woman” is typical of the new user of IT. She is the least sophisticated IT user I could imagine, yet she has several computers including two notebooks and a smart phone as well as a desktop. Her desktop has her own ftp server and she can access her files from anywhere in the house, securely. She has a FaceBook page and networks with others who a few years ago were challenged by the file-system of any PC or poking around a menu.
However, Gartner still does not seem to realize that software is information and FLOSS is a natural part of the contemplated new world order. The world can make its own software and FLOSS like GNU/Linux, LibreOffice and FireFox are just as much a part of the future as FaceBook and tablets for all the same reasons. People need to do things with IT and Wintel is in the way. The platform of the future needs to lead, follow or get out of the way. There is no room for tyrannical software empires dictating to the masses and taxing IT.