Riding "The Mobile Wave" - Part 1: A View of Our Technological Future

Michael Saylor, Founder and CEO of MicroStrategy, a publicly traded business intelligence company (i.e., "Big Data"), describes himself as a technologist.  In the opening lines of his book titled The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, he adds, "And technologists, by our nature, embrace change, radical change."

He continues on to say, "The technological wave marking this second decade of the twenty-first century is indeed radical.  It is disruptive and transformational.  But there is no need to fear it.  We, as individuals, must learn to understand its current state and its future potential to affect our daily lives . . ."

With these opening words of The Mobile Wave, I was hooked.  I've always been interested in leveraging the extreme value of technology for solving personal and business problems.  Using smartphone technology has been transformational for us - having almost instantaneous access, almost anytime, to almost all the world's knowledge makes you feel smarter, more powerful, and freer.  And, I think the "almosts" will vanish in the near future!  Filtering will be the key.

Saylor is a high-tech entrepreneur and science historian whose success stems from an obsession with understanding the structure of scientific revolutions.  He has appeared on 60 Minutes and Charlie Rose, and has been profiled in Newsweek, Time, Slate, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post.

The book promises keen insights into the current state-of-the-art applications of mobile technology as well as a glimpse of the technological breakthroughs that the future is likely to hold. I had been researching mobile technology during the pending release of our DocAgent Mobile app, and the timing of the discovery of Saylor's book couldn't have been more perfect.

In the forward, Saylor describes the Information Revolution as being as significant as the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. Consider the fact that by 2015 it is projected that there will be 4.5 billion smartphones in use around the world; a growing proportion in emerging countries will provide access to all of the world's knowledge to people who have never even seen a TV.

In addition to delivering a first-world education to emerging cultures, mobile technology will be a game changer for business, delivering valuable, time-sensitive information to executives and knowledge workers for a thousand times less capital than would be required without the technology.

Saylor believes that what amplifies the transformational power ahead is the confluence of two complementary forces:  the universal access to mobile computing and the pervasive use of social networks.  Combined they increase the usefulness of each other.

Saylor states that "it's easy to underestimate the power of information. Mobile technology puts real time information in your pocket, allowing everyone to magnify his or her knowledge in any setting."

I'm planning some deep dives into The Mobile Wave, so stay tuned to learn more along with me.

Until next time,

John Queen