Google’s public face, Eric Schmidt is not someone that is easily surprised, or amazed for that matter. But the technology industry has the tendency to shock even the most experienced of campaigners.
And when you are talking about the recent shift towards mobile computing, surprises are a daily deal.
In his speech at the Gartner Symposium event in Orlando recently, the chairman of Google expressed his thoughts on how tablets have started changing the very core of the enterprise environment. What has pretty much been set in stone these past few decades is now changing — rules are being rewritten.
In fact, Schmidt is of the view that the classic big software company model is about to expire.
Tablets are slowly but surely seeping in into all areas of life, including business, and the man said he was actually taken aback for not having noticed that something like this would happen:
“I was actually surprised by this. I didn’t call this. Would the phone replace the PC? I figured employees would be using a PC and a phone. But it was the tablet revolution. It looks to us like the majority of enterprise computing is being done on mobile devices, in particular on tablets. That broke the old model.”
Well the old model is what large software companies like Oracle, SAP and even Microsoft use to push their software at enterprises, earning impressive revenues while doing so.
But out of these three Microsoft has been one of the quickest to adopt — Windows 8, Surface and Azure, are three living proofs that Redmond saw this coming. Not as early as it would have liked, but the company saw this coming alright.