Apps are changing working life
A third wave of change to how we relate to computers is washing over the world. The first came with the introduction of large computers in the 1960s. The second wave came with the personal computer. The third wave began when computing power moved into mobile telephones and tablets. Apps are small computer programs which link the devices to large computer systems. They will bring more change than we can imagine to the way we work and how fast we work. The number of Norwegians with access to a smartphone has increased from 33 to 54 percent in a year. In Sweden mobile internet usage increased by 50 percent in 2011. There are winners and losers here. Nokia failed to develop smartphones fast enough, and thousands there are loosing their jobs. Meanwhile app development means new opportunities for smaller companies as businesses change.
“Mobile telephone apps mean new ways of working as we’ll be able to access systems from anywhere and companies will start using mobiles more and more as a tool,” says Elin Lundström, managing director at app developer and IT company Decuria in Stockholm.
Thousands of Nokia’s former employees have been forced to rethink their futures as the company sheds jobs. In Finland many of them hope to start their own business.
The development of smartphones is changing many people’s lives. Yet universal online access is only one part of the new IT revolution which will also have a big impact on working life. Smartphones and tablets became really powerful tools when Apple allowed anyone to develop the apps these devices run.