Do you store all your personal documents on a personal computer or through a personal cloud? According to Gartner, Inc., by 2014, most of us will be utilizing such cloud-based platforms as Dropbox and other applications to store our documents and access them across a range of devices. While this may not be news to many of our tech savvy readers, Gartner’s report, “The New PC Era: The Personal Cloud,” has broken down five of the “megatrends” that have led to consumers moving from a culture tethered to a personal computer to a culture of mobile personal cloud users.
Megatrend 1: Consumerization
As technology has changed, so have consumers. In short, users have become more technologically savvy, and this has resulted in people who expect very different things out of their technology, says Gartner’s report. The rise of social media has given consumers a platform to make their thoughts and wishes known, and consumers themselves have, in some cases, become the innovators in the technology world.
The role of the IT person and the IT company has changed drastically over the past several years. The frantic, harried, one-man IT department has encountered the laws of economics and scale. In order to effectively support the technical infrastructure of a growing and increasingly mobile business, IT must become three things: mobile, always on and end-user-focused.
Jay Norris with Claris Networks defines a VPN, what its uses are and the three ways they are implemented. Check it out in the video in this post, or if you’d rather just read it, just scroll on below it for the text version.
Using Mac computers on a corporate network is a contentious issue for many business people and their supporting IT departments. Recently, Larry Bodie, CEO of Claris Networks decided to take a Macbook Pro on a thorough test drive on our corporate network as his primary work device. Sure, Macs are incredible devices and make personal computing a breeze for the average user, but are they as diametrically opposed to a Windows based corporate environment as people make them out to be? Larry’s response, in short, is no…and yes.
Not your typical IT guy
Meet Chad Quesenberry, Director of Client Services for Claris Networks. Before he joined Claris, Chad developed the support structure for multiple billion-dollar enterprises from the ground up. So he knows his stuff. But he’s not your typical IT guy.
Chad is what you call a “Hi-Tech Redneck.” Or at least that’s what his friends have called him ever since college. “Growing up on my grandparent’s farms in Indian Valley, Virginia and Jonesboro, TN and always having a knack for technology probably has something to do with it,” he says. Or maybe it’s that he’s rigged up his barn with off-grid solar electricity, a full bathroom supplied by a rainwater collection system, and watches movies by the campfire, streamed via Mi-Fi wireless hotspots projected on the side of his barn.