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The office of the future, not yet but near

Do you have a clock in your workspace? Either at the office or your home, do you have a visible clock. The reason for asking is the evolution of the office. Well, at least for me. There was a time 10-12 years ago when I had printers, hard drives, and a server sitting in my home office. During my initial IT consulting days, I had 12-14 computers in the space around my home office. It was the lab I used when I was trying to solve customer issues. Today my lab sits either in AWS or Microsoft Azure. Having a cloud lab is much cheaper than having a physical lab. Not that I paid full price for the hardware I had. Customers would give consultants and early access pass when they auctioned old hardware.

My office today still has a printer (my plotter) and one portable printer that I still have. But mostly my office has cables and other things. The evolution of the office from what we did and what we do has been pretty interesting (by we, I mean other IT consultants like myself). The concept of Cloud Computing lets you have many computers (called VMs) in a cloud solution. You can also add virtual load balancers, routers, and Identify management systems to your lab easily. One of the things I have done in the recent past is building a group of servers to test a program. The time it took me to build the images gave me an idea, and I am building that one out for work.

The lab, once done, ran for three days, and then I took the lab down. Unlike the old days, when I would have to reformation hard drivers, reinstall operating systems, I was able to shut the lab down, delete the machines, and move on. It is the power of the cloud. The office of the future is something I think about, and the end state of this post is the office of the future. I wonder how much longer people will have laptops/computers in their lives. I don’t think they are going away in two years. I suspect it is closer to five years. But in the future, I don’t see people using a desktop, laptop, or other windows, Linux, or Macintosh computers. I believe in the future; you will have a monitor and a slot. The slot will allow you to plug your phone in and have a large screen, keyboard, and mouse. Then you take your pheon with you to work and have the same setup. The Laptop and Desktop we all use today is again around for a while, but not forever.

Does that future upset people?

  • Question of

    Do you like the concept of only having a smart phone?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Would you consider a keyboard and a mouse critical in the future?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you think you will still have a monitor, tomorrow.

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Q: DO YOU LIKE THE CONCEPT OF ONLY HAVING A SMART PHONE?
    Yes (6 votes) – 75%
    No (2 votes) – 25%
    Q: WOULD YOU CONSIDER A KEYBOARD AND A MOUSE CRITICAL IN THE FUTURE?
    Yes (2 votes) – 25%
    No (6 votes) – 75%
    Q: DO YOU THINK YOU WILL STILL HAVE A MONITOR, TOMORROW.
    Yes (7 votes) – 88%
    No (1 votes) – 13%

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