CES – Part of Their World

    Silicon Valley is back home this week, recovering after the annual event that is CES – the Consumer Electronics Show, where electronic and technology companies converge to host previews of products and announce new gizmos and gadgets.

    And in true form, as Ariel the Little Mermaid would sing,

    Look at this trove
    Treasures untold
    How many wonders can one cavern hold?
    Looking around here you think
    Sure, she's got everything
    I've got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty
    I've got whozits and whatzits galore
    You want thingamabobs?
    I've got twenty!

    Certain media coverage may make it seem as though this is the one event that determines all of the new technology we will embrace over the following year. Tech journalist Walt Mossberg wrote a poignant piece noting that the evolution of how companies announce products has made this show more of a preview for possibilities.

    And this year it was wearable gadgets turn in the spotlight – as part of the overarching Internet of Things theme.

    The Internet of Things is not actually the Internet we’re all familiar with. It is an increasingly complex system of connected devices – not just mobile phones and watches, but doors, clothing, homes, toothbrushes and more.

    Yet, despite what technology can do or where it can take us, the ultimate goal is still solving real problems. We now hold the idea that we should be able to connect with anyone, anywhere. But we keep changing our tool sets. So how do we decide what to move forward with? The use cases for a new product or technology should have pragmatism to cause people to question why they hadn’t previously thought of it, while still increasing productivity and efficiency.

    So how is this apropos to what we’re working on at ShoreTel? (CES is, after all, a *consumer* show.)

    As populations become increasingly mobile, companies and users alike will be increasingly aware of how devices can help solve problems. And it all boils down to how we communicate with each other and our devices.

    The recommendation for enterprises is to treat all devices as BYOD. As the services and devices powered by all this technology become an integral part of daily life, it’s irresponsible to think that people aren’t going to use these devices in their personal life.