Although much of “IBM Leads the Way in the Post-PC Era” is just an IBM advertisement in disguise (and not much of a disguise at that), Mark Dean has a history that makes it worth considering his statement that…
…while PCs will continue to be much-used devices, they’re no longer at the leading edge of computing. They’re going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.
(I assume the last item just means that Congress will outlaw them in the future :-))
Dean “was one of a dozen IBM engineers who designed the first machine and was fortunate to have lead subsequent IBM PC designs through the 1980s”…so his words have some weight. I think they are hyperbolic…but non-PCs will be more-and-more a factor…what is your business doing to stay ahead of the curve?
Finally, before you take that question and run out and create interfaces for Android, iOS, and whatever other new toy that comes out, please also consider this:
PCs are being replaced at the center of computing not by another type of device—though there’s plenty of excitement about smart phones and tablets—but by new ideas about the role that computing can play in progress. These days, it’s becoming clear that innovation flourishes best not on devices but in the social spaces between them, where people and ideas meet and interact. It is there that computing can have the most powerful impact on economy, society and people’s lives.