Where is IT headed?   Leave a comment

Think about it.

A steady flow of new, and derived, apps for smartphones. The push from the majors to move to our IT to the cloud. The pervasiveness of social technology in all the we do or are likely to do. Our fondness for computing on the go (tablets, smartphones). The delivery of Big Data’s promise.

Is there an underlying meme, a driver, a way of looking at all of this for it to all make sense.

Well, I believe there is.

One is through the lens of Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Need” theory. The theory that says once our basic needs (physiological & safety) then we advance to the needs of belonging & esteem. With those catered for, we progress onto the last – self-actualization (creativity, problem solving, etc).

Viewed this way, computing makes sense. We have our basic needs met, we have found our sense of belonging & esteem. And now its onto creativity & problem solving. Thus the rise of social computing platforms. Thus the rise of enablers like computing on the go.

The second lens is Ken Wilbur’s “Integral Theory”. Like Maslow’s hierarchy, Integral Theory is about going through levels. Each level has a colour: Beige for archaic (dawning self-awareness), red for tribal (ego-centric), blue for traditional (order, values), orange for modern (rationality, democracy) and green for post-modern (equality, world-centric).

And, like Maslow, Wilbur sees people progress through the layers.

Thus we can see computing from the personal usage & commercial usage go through these layers. We can see how technology is both an enabler of these levels & an artifact of the level it finds itself in.

So, where is IT headed? Toward more self-actualization, toward more post-modern. People & businesses getting more creative & solving problems in new ways. People & business seeing greater symbiosis as the natural order of things.

There is no going back to how it was.

Posted March 11, 2014 by terop in Architecture, Cloud Computing, Innovation, Technologies

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