What the Apple Pencil teaches us about IT concepts

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There was an air of surprise when Apple announced the launch of the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil or what most of us would call a Stylus, in September 2015. This came almost a year after the arrival of the iPhone 6 to the market which also caused a stir, both because of the historic statements from the late visionary and Apple Founder, Steve Jobs.

Famous for his blunt approach to airing his opinions on the future of technology, Steve Jobs slated the need for a stylus saying that “God gave us 10 styluses. Let’s not invent another.” according to Walter Isaacson’s biography. He was also quoted deriding big phones. When a reporter asked him whether Apple would consider making a bigger iPhone, Jobs famously called Samsung’s Galaxy S phones “Hummers”. “You can’t get your hand around it,” Jobs said. “No one’s going to buy that.”. Then came the iPhone 6 Plus.

Often Jobs’ views were on the money and his contribution to technology advancement will remain legendary. However, these two recent product launches just prove that no one, not even Steve Jobs, can predict the future.

And isn’t this the case in any business or any walk of life, can anyone really predict what you will need or what the market is going to demand in 5, 10 or perhaps 20 years down the line?

In business things change — change enables growth and expansion, so if we take this notion on board, moving forward, is it not then dangerous to lock your business into one ideal, one system? What is the value of flexibility? How much money can a flexible system save an organisation in the future?

By putting capital into a business process system that is fully designed and coded to suit your business needs on that day, what happens if you need to make a change, even the following week? The fact is, in the years to come that system will no longer be perfect and will not fulfil your requirements, so you will, once again, look to fully design another ‘perfect’ system? In a fast paced market this could cost thousands on an annual basis.

The solution?

A software system that can be configured. One that’s flexible and can be changed and altered by you, whenever you need to. Dynamic if you will.

A software solution whereby you can cherry pick pre-configured components that fit your requirements is one that can be customised to suit your business needs. One that provides the flexibility to add, remove or amend the components, by you, as your business or processes grow and develop. In short, a system that reduces your risk.

The cost is usually a low monthly licensing fee, therefore removing the expensive upfront costs associated with developers who build you a system that is time consuming and costly to update or make alterations to. Flexible, component based software is also regularly updated by the parent company to keep the system on the cutting edge of technology.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

– Alan Kay

Perhaps the best way to predict the future is to be ready for anything?

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