The year of 2010 was in many ways a negative surprise against the expectations. The aggravation of the economic crisis in some of the more developed economies of the world brought disappointment to companies and individuals who expected recovery, and with it, opportunities for exploring emerging technology. Despite the delayed recovery scenario, the Year 2010 nevertheless confirmed some anticipated trends in technology, specifically in Internet-based mobility, using laptops and cell phone-based small devices.
In 2010, it was demonstrated that barriers to work collaboration across the globe are practically confined down to time-fuses – and even this constraint can in some cases be explored as an opportunity. With faster high-speed Internet available worldwide, and with cell phone devices behaving like laptops for what matters most (network connection, email, IM, VOIP, MS Office Documents, Acrobat, and even Facebook) along with providing additional software to support mobility (GPS, weather forecasts, currency exchange, flight schedules, hotel booking, etc.), the potential for “virtual presence” has increased tremendously. Though some of this technology is new, it is rapidly and reliably evolving (especially with regard to software integration in the devices), and it has not yet reached full maturity. The year of 2011 will most likely be characterized by further innovation and reliability of mobile technology allowing organizations to explore mobility on a much larger scale. Business models and processes are likely to be redesigned to embrace this potential.