The world is no longer what it used to be.
Think back ten, perhaps fifteen years, and the corporate environment was very different. We had a static desktop contained within a physical place of work, and natively installed applications, used locally. Move forward a few years and the laptop starts to infiltrate the environment; in some cases there may even have been a deployment of server based computing. These developments started to provide mobility for the user, and by adding ubiquitous internet access into the mix, we’re now able to access the corporate environment from any place at any time.
Today, our way of working is also vastly different from what it used to be. As individuals, our lives, both professional and personal, are a mass of applications. We expect information to be at our fingertips, that we will be instantly gratified when we seek new knowledge online. Anythingless than a real time return on our queries is fast becoming unacceptable.