The World Is Your Office
Ask your colleagues about the drawbacks of using cell phones, and you'll hear a tirade about poor reception, high costs and difficult connections.Ask your colleagues about the drawbacks of using cell phones, and youll hear a tirade about poor reception, high costs and difficult connections. But the convenience outweighs all that, theyll say. In an era when everyone is on the move, we cant imagine being chained to one location, awaiting calls on a landline phone. Today, we dole out countless numbershome phone, cell phone, work phone and the list goes on. According to IDC, mobile workers in the United States exceed 35.7 million and will reach 47.1 million by 2003. The number of gadgets they carry also has risen. What was once a multitechnology blessing is now a time-consuming chore of keeping information under control. Needless to say, theres a missing link. Although we view technology as going hand-in-hand with convenience, were reluctant to accept the communications ideas that will simplify our lives.
By embracing voice as "data," we find a new glue to keep us in stride with our lifestyles. Technologies like unified messaging, multiple-person conference calling and "click-to-talk" Web applications demonstrate how entrepreneurial developments can keep us connected.