BYOD and the Cultural Shift to Networks

This post is really a conclusion of my posts on BYOD, there are two reasons for this. The first is that the link to BYOD is becoming increasingly tenuous. I’m not really writing about BYOD, the real subject is the future of work and the workplace. The second reason is bound to the first one; I’m not really that interested in BYOD as a subject, I’m much more interested in the massive shift in culture that is happening across numerous industries.

The clouds breakThe presentation below by Fred Wilson, Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures at LeWeb 2013. In it he highlights the shift from an investor perspective:

When we look at the future, things that we say to ourselves again, and gain, and again, are; networks not hierarchy, everything is going to be unbundled and you are a node on the network.

I’ve been pondering for a while the question of whether the cultural shift is being driven by technology, or whether technology is being developed to meet perceived cultural needs.

Fred’s view, expressed in the presentation, is that it’s the technology that is driving the change, by significantly lowering the transaction costs. I’m not going to disagree with him, I don’t think I have enough insight. If it is the technology that is driving the shift then we’ve still got a long way to go.

BYOD is one small representation of the cultural shift, and probably not the most significant manifestation.

H/T to Phil Windley

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