I am out to watch the cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground today which got me thinking about how mobile access to the Internet has changed modern communication.
I am writing this from my iPhone which I have also used to take a couple of photos to accompany this update. When I finished school just over a decade ago, I could have only dreamt that something like this could be possible.
Earlier today, I had to get a file extract out to some stakeholders after I had left home to get to the SCG. After I had arrived, I whipped out my laptop and connected to the corporate network via VPN over 3G and had the job done in about ten minutes. A decade ago, I probably would have had to go back to the office, battle traffic going both ways and miss out on what I would hope to be a good match (unfortunately, rain has interrupted play for a little while).
Aside from work, it was great to keep tabs on the BOM and see if the rain was going to halt the game.
With increased flexibility does come the temptation to remain connected for extended periods of time. This can cause problems with the work/life balance encouraged by many businesses as well as responsibilities outside of work.
Personally, I like the idea of ubiquitous connectivity but also realise that I do have the option of pushing back outside of work hours, no matter how easy it might be to login.