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Liquid computing: The next wave of the mobile experience

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The traditional enterprise workflow is ripe for huge change as the focus moves away from working in a single context on a single device to the workflow being portable and contextual

Liquid computing: The new enterprise workflow Digital Spotlight

Your computing life began with a single screen. Today, you probably have three to five screens or more: a work computer, a smartphone, multiple home comput- ers, maybe a tablet. Soon, you may add a smartwatch and a new wave of mini-devices ushered in by the Internet of things. With this multiplicity, the idea that you have a “primary” device slips away. Instead, the heart of your compute experience rises to a cloud where you are at the center. For that ascent to be complete, however, each of your devices needs to be seamlessly connected with the others.

InfoWorld’s executive editor, Galen Gruman, has coined a phrase for this: “liquid computing.” As this "The New Enterprise Workflow" Digital Spotlight explains, Apple, Google, and Microsoft are already testing this new modality, so that your work—not just the data, but what you’re doing with it at any given moment— can flow instantly to any device in your personal cloud ecosystem.

Liquid computing has far-reaching implications for business: The increase in productivity will be stunning, but the loss of control over data will cross an alarming threshold for many IT professionals. In this Digital Spotlight, Gruman and InfoWorld contributors Paul Roberts and Fahmida Rashid, examine the reactions of vendors and customers alike to this new reality. The redefinition of personal computing couldn’t be more profound.

In "The New Enterprise Workflow" Digital Spotlight from InfoWorld, you'll learn:

  • What liquid computing is and why it matters to your company
  • How to adapt enterprise workflows to liquid computing
  • Learn how digital rights management (DRM) will factor into this new world

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