Its that time again where everyone starts thinking about two things; predictions and resolutions for the new year. It seems to me that these two things are complementary to each other, you need resolutions in order to help your prediction to come true. There are many types of predictions that you will see over the next week or two related to all areas of your professional and personal life. There are predictions related to your communication tools like smart phones and smart phone peripherals. There are predictions related to your computing hardware and which operating systems are cresting and declining. There are predictions related to your business practices and why various business practices will increase in importance. I prefer to focus on conceptual predictions that impact and guide your personal and professional life. To that end I think that we are coming into a period of increased convergence and this will impact your personal, professional, software and hardware interaction and dependencies.
Convergence is very simple and yet can be very complex at the same time. I will focus on the simple aspect for my prediction. The convergence that I am speaking of is bringing together and blurring the line between personal, professional, software and hardware interaction and dependencies. This convergence is being driven by the discontinuous change that has been increasing each year. We have seen that the increase and speed of the discontinuous change experienced across the various aspects of your life have been driving to one conclusion; blurring the lines between the different aspects of your life and the tools that you utilize to support your actions. As an example of convergence I recently upgrade my smart phone and also purchased one of the Samsung Gear watches. With this hardware I am able to combine both professional and personal communications into the one smart phone. In addition, the Gear watch allows me to simplify the use of the smartphone in one aspect by providing notification of events and communication from the watch so I don’t have to pick up and look at the phone for each communication event, like email, text or phone call. I see this convergence of interaction across personal, professional, hardware and software aspects of daily life increasing.
To compliment this prediction, I personally resolve to increase the level and types of collaboration in my personal and professional interactions. Collaboration is the hot topic in professional and personal circles for a good reason, the convergence of interaction across personal, professional, hardware and software aspects of your daily life increases the need to needs for collaboration to help to make this convergence work work you. Collaboration is the secret sauce that will increase the value of this convergence. I’ve previously discussed the importance and the power of collaboration across your personal and professional aspects of daily life. I see this as the single largest factor in the continued success of your activities and I also see this as the single largest influence in the future convergence that will continue to increase and expand across your personal and professional interactions.
Happy New Year!
And now for the audience participation portion of the show…
What are your professional resolutions for the new year? Where do you see the convergence between personal and professional aspects of your life progressing? Have you resolved to increase collaboration across your practices in the coming year? How do you see the relationship between convergence and collaboration?