Writes as part of an article on Internet2:

Over the last 30 or 40 years, business has had a skewed perception of information technology, HBS professor Richard Nolan observed. Business usually looks at IT as a way of automating transactions. Computers were imagined not to change the information structure of a business per se, but to make the existing structure run more efficiently. This idea came straight out of the Industrial Age, he said. “We even called computers ‘machines,'” Nolan said.

The whole concept of computers was that they were standalone objects. Now, when people can do collaborative work spanning time zones, the concept is a good bit different.

This is the underlying thinking behind my Tech Talk series “Rethinking the Desktop”. The desktop of today has its origins when computers were standalone devices. Today, collaboration between people and computers has become paramount. This is where blogs, syndication, web services and the digital dashboard come in.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.