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Is Mobile Tech Making Us Anti-Social Butt Heads?

Mobile Tech Breeds Anti-Social Behavior

Last week, we attended Cloud Expo 2013 in Silicon Valley. For anyone who has ever attended a Cloud Expo, you know the event is made up of two major parts: a) show floor and b) keynote sessions. During keynote sessions, speakers from exhibiting companies speak to the crowd in attendance about the innovations within their company and why the market should take notice. While this is all well and good, this post is about the crowd. For us, the most telling aspect of every keynote session was not the speaker, it was what the crowd invariably did regardless of how excellent or thought provoking a keynote proved to be. That action: looking down at their smartphone or tablet to text, play games, surf the web, scroll Facebook walls etc. Think about this: the crowd in attendance paid money to come to the show and yet, while they are in attendance, they tune the show out in favor of smartphones, tablets and mobile devices. It led us to this question:

Is mobile tech making us anti-social butt heads?


The Death of the Office

Virtual Office

It’s Friday and because it’s Friday we want to talk about getting out of the office. Sure, everyone probably has some solid plans for the weekend however we can all agree on one thing, the best part of the weekend is getting out of the confines of our offices. With this in mind, we want to take this time to chat about the advent of Cloud based solutions and how they are impacting the physical office space.

Looking For Collaboration in the Cloud

Cloud storage solutions have overtaken traditional storage solutions in every format possible. From the user perspective, Dropbox has 175 million active users, Microsoft SkyDrive has 200 million active users and Google Drive has a few hundred million active users. It’s safe to say Cloud storage solutions are in their hey day.”

Workplace collaboration is something every CEO, COO and manager hopes for. Within the physical work space, collaboration between departments, coworkers and managers proves to be an integral part of conducting everyday business affairs. The basic premise is simple: individual members of a team work on a singular task to reach an overall team goal. To accomplish this goal, traditional work places require(d) employees to come into the office and work with one another with face to face interaction. Up until the mid 1990’s, getting work done as a team meant coming into the office, meeting in a conference room and hammering work out. The process was simple and straight forward. However, since the 1990’s, that process has changed from being cemented in physical face to face interaction to flexible virtual interaction taking place globally.