Are We pushing the bounds of Technology

When one looks at the strides we’ve made over the last number of years, we have gone from functional, capable and useful tools to very high powered devices in small, tight packaging that in many ways exceeds our needs. One has to ask the question though, are we beginning to stretch the technology.

The Smartphone

One device that we marvel at in terms of its power and capabilities is the smartphone. This little device, which has only kept getting more powerful and more compact continues to impress. One reason for this is it is a real driver of desire, profitability and productivity.

However, in a discussion I had with a engineer of Smartphones, it was his view we are reaching the boundaries of our current technology. It might not be exactly what you might think though that will hold advancement forward but rather our battery technology. We can increase the number of cores that will keep processor usage moving forward but this puts a huge drain on the battery. Right now depending on how you use your phone, you might head backwards in terms of use longevity but forward in terms of the performance. I personally want a balance and would not be inclined to give up longevity when the systems are already powerful.

Part of the Puzzle

Mobile technology is most impacted by this cross-linear of power balanced against the backend subsystems that support the primary system.

The Computer and Heat

In the Smartphone world, the battery and the tradeoff in terms of time of use is the primary problem. The computer isn’t affected by this if it’s on power. However, what pulls forward; a fast CPU also generates a lot of heat. There’s a point its not practical nor safe to exceed these restraints.

Change will Happen but it will be Less Dramatic

Changes around look and feel and then performance will occur but it should be less dramatic. We might start asking the question do we to change out our systems as frequently as we have been doing at a cost to the economy. Is it really as necessary. Will we truly achieve a good bang for our buck.

It’s Back to Applications

As you look at yours or other situations, it is necessary to consider what applications are being used, are they the right tool for the job on the right platform. Choosing your applications carefully and doing the work on the tool will ensure maximum performance, reduced frustration with a better likelihood of a positive outcome through increased productivity.

In past time, IT professionals always concentrated on the job at hand, the applications required to complete the job leading to both a cost effective outcome which was likely more accurate.

We will continue to move forward but there is a greater need to spend time on the application side ensuring efficiency. This will make for a better empowered worker happier with the results they produce.

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