As technology continues to interlink with popular culture, it has become increasingly “cool” to be excited and/or opinionated about technology.
Sorry ‘tech geeks’ but keeping up-to-date with tech news has become mainstream; and technology companies are fuelling this by aligning themselves with music, celebrities and fashion brands. As a result, having an opinion on technology is no longer exclusive to the specialists; and IT departments can expect to hear our opinions slowly creep in to the office.
For example, I can’t count the number of times I’ve thought to myself: it’s 2015, why does our IT department still force us to use Internet Explorer? For some reason, I dismiss Internet Explorer even though it manages to fulfil my work needs. Put simply, it’s natural for many of us to want to align ourselves with the cooler, more popular brands such as Google and Apple, to the extent that we prefer Google Chrome and Safari for quite trivial reasons. Nonetheless, IT departments should be able to accommodate our basic preferences, right?
Many IT Managers insist on the use of specific Internet browsers for “security reasons”, yet there are existing technologies that negate these security threats and allow for employees to have a choice.
Now, Kim Kardashian isn’t a name you would expect to see in a tech-related blog post, but I did say technology and popular culture are at a crossroads. She recently starred in a T-Mobile ad, explaining how Internet companies “tragically” take back millions of gigs of data from consumers every month; data, Kardashian-West says, that could have been used to see her makeup and outfits! Although we probably have better uses for our Internet data, in this information age, a revelation concerning stolen Internet data is almost guaranteed to cause uproar.
Admittedly, we have such a personal relationship with our gadgets that we depend on fast and reliable Internet, both at home and on-the-go. So, considering our expectations out of the workplace, surely IT departments should feel obliged to provide uncontended high-speed Internet at work too?
In a world where holograms have performed at music festivals; wearable technology is the hot topic; and interactive screens are no longer something to be fascinated by, it is surprising that most of our offices have remained the same (technology wise) for many years.
So, how long until our infatuation with technology out of the office, makes us discontent with the basic desktops, TV screens and mediocre Internet in the office?