There will come a time, not to far off, where we stop referring to “mobile computing” and just say “computing.”
Seems like, in spite of the ridicule I’ve received with these ideas in the past, people aren’t going to be “programming computers,” they’ll simply be “problem solving.”
I’ve written before about everyone learning to code, and in my newish role at CA that’s translated into the idea that:
Any person that does business with an organization (employee, partner, or customer) should be able to write software to make their experience better.
It’s a very bold statement, considering that short of writing an excel macro or exporting a CSV file, most enterprise technology is quite inaccessible to mere ‘people.’
I’ve just written a ~3400 word article on the topic, and won’t spoil the surprise. That said, if you think I’m crazy, you have got to check out the kickstarter project — Scratch Jr. Here’s the video they’ve shared. Watch 5 – 7 year olds programming interactive stories & games on their iPads.
These kids are going to grow up and solve problems by “writing code.”
(Update April 17, 2014: More on kids learning to code as an after school activity over at the Wall Street Journal.)
Will IT be ready?
Maybe, but not if, as they do today, they continue to categorically deny that people are going to be able to, or want to, write their own apps.
If you enjoyed this post, check out a the first in the series on this topic: Getting to Yes
PS — I couldn’t resist using the headline picture to illustrate how IT views non-technical people doing things to their technology (it’s not a picture of Reed).
PPS — Don’t believe me, check out Hopscotch, an iPad app for kids to learn to create applications.