What your suggesting Chris is that workstations have returned to their roots and become more niche focused. Two decades ago, workstations started as high performance desktops, either standalone or connected to a larger computing resource. Then they sort of morphed into general purpose desktops because computer power became so available and cheap (thanks in part ot Intel). Now they're back in their high performance niche. Indeed those chip design workstations have monster compute power.
I saw digital billboards on TV the night. Customers scan items in pubic places like subway stations and they are added to their Peapod lists. The idea is super fast and convenient shopping. It's not your grandfather's grocery store, anymore.
What if enterprise IT gave users a stipend to buy their own hardware and software? You know, enough so they could get the tools that would make them enjoy their jobs more than with the standard IT-issued one-size-fits-all notebook and suite of productivity apps. Accepting that stipend would be conditional that they figure out how to keep them running without a help desk and how to connect to the company's data assets.
Joel, the topic sounds like great post fodder based on your experience as a pharma CIO. I read the link you attached to Jim Highsmith's column. At first, I wanted to him better define contraints, which for some reason he capitalizes...perhaps for emphasis. But he did - cost, time and scope, for instance. Once satisfied that he defined constraints, I realized innovation as a concept is hopelessly broad. Is it innovation when you replace a core system with something newer, cheaper and more functional? Is innovation when useful discoveries serendipitously fall out basic research? I generally agree with his premise in terms of getting the work done, but still feel there's a place for freedom with innovation.
Interesting piece by a gentleman who is uniquely an MD and CEO of a cloud-based natural language processing concern. He seems to think data driven healthcare is as much a revolution in medicine as germ theory was in the late 1800s and public heath/penicillin was in the 1920s.
We've never been more mobile. Devices like smart phones are cheap, powerful and attractive. And while they have many toy-like and entertaining features, they are also IT workstations...how's that for an idea...a smart phone workstation? As such, they must be woven into the fabric of enterprise IT...
Workstation, now there's a term whose shelf life has expired.
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