Throwback Thursday: The PC is dead. Oh yeah, and the OS is Dead too.



Originally posted 10/14/11

Of course, the death of the PC or OS is more conceptual thinking than anything else. However, what Gizmodo puts forth in a recent post, and simultaneous commenting found in a recent article on Forbes.com does make you think. Thus, while devices will still need a set of instructions to operate internally, what is dead, or perhaps not quite completely dead, but dying slowly is the idea of an OS that is installed on a user’s device and is necessary for users to run any application locally. And the murderer of our beloved but often maligned system backbone – the latest iteration of iOS?


Well not exactly. The real culprit is “iCloud,” or moreover, the cloud in general. Yes, that omnipotent catch phrase and poster child for the newest technology revolution is holding the rope in the study. Though, even that might be a bit too generalized for what’s murdering personal computing and operating systems alike. What seems to be clear is that a drive to capture all information, all of the time, means a shift away from user, and in our case IT, control into the cloud.

While that may seem a bit ominous, there is a lighter side to all this. Even while there will be no shortage in the need to support an infinite number devices, systems and applications, a few of our most common causes for Friday Evening Happy Hour, may be seeing their last days.

Listed below are five of the most headed tasks in IT that will go the way of the PC (sorry, forgotten usernames and password resets are here to stay).

  1. Ghosting, coring, installing, and re-installing software applications and operating systems.
  2. Onsite storage, tape backup schedules, and walking users through file backups and restores.
  3.  Jams, Toner Replacements, PC Load Letter Errors, and any Number of other paper induced malfunctions.
  4. Moving, relocating, and mapping out desktop phone systems to match the latest “reorg.”
  5. Trackball malfunctions, ergonomic mouse pads, and bio-disposal of used pointing devices.

At first look, this list presents a sigh of relief. Next, it exposes reasonable worry about the future of IT, and where the various positions and roles will work into this new paradigm. However, for those of you that are thinking a bit outside the box, you see the chaos and confusion that will ensue from all these changes – perhaps even, you’re already tackling such challenges.

Most notably among the challenges, assets will be on the move more than ever before. Saying this is a mobile computing revolution doesn't do it justice. Phones will be in pockets, and tablets will be accidentally left at the bar during happy hour. It will be your job to protect these assets, understand where they are, evaluate risks, and explain the exposure that completely mobile workforce presents. In short, you’ll need to do what you should already be doing – managing them.