Friday, 13 January 2012

The Curse of the Eternally Dull Office

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We are at a hopeless situation. No, I’m not talking about global warming here, but rather your average corporate environment computer scene.
Windows XP is still the dominant system when it comes to running most corporations’ computers. Being that XP is old in the tooth and soon to be left unsupported, a lot of companies are currently in the process of upgrading to Windows 7 (see the case with Telstra here and the ATO here). While at it, they are probably upgrading to Office 2010 too, not to mention looking at more modern Internet browsers (although I suspect most of them will not be able to unstick themselves from IE8).
Right there is the catch: whatever upgrades all these companies do, they will never be able to satisfy their employees. Virtually all of us in the corporate/government world are now in possession of either a smartphone or a tablet, and both are incredible sexy devices operated by finger swipes and producing flashy graphics in response. How can that flashy way of life ever be compared with the dullness of a Windows 7 desktop running boring old Microsoft Office? It cannot.
Which is why I think the situation is hopeless. Given the corporate agenda which has the efficient use of company resources in mind, there is nothing that a CIO can do that stands a chance of ever getting employees excited about their work environment. And there’s the rub: all of us office workers are therefore doomed to spend the bulk of our conscious time upon this earth in dull and rather dreary environments.
Pity Steve Jobs didn’t give the average office more attention.

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