Looking back over the course of my career, I am amazed how far technology has come in a relatively short time, especially the technology used by the general population. Bulky desktops became ever faster, ever sleeker, and ultimately gave way to laptops, which also continued to slim down as their speed and productivity improved. Today, many pundits predict that the once cutting-edge laptop will be obsolete in three years, supplanted by tablets and cloud computing.
At Loyola, we are constantly asking ourselves how we can prepare our university and our students for the changes to come. One small example: the Sellinger School recently purchased iPads for the incoming Emerging Leaders MBA students, as well as iPads for the use of faculty and students across the Sellinger School.
I just bought my own iPad this year, and I can tell you it frequently replaces my need for a laptop. The mobility is astounding—and the connectivity is changing the way I do business. I can instantly connect with a new contact on LinkedIn, or find myself thinking, “We should share a photo of this event on Facebook or tweet about it with our community.”
As someone who travels on a regular basis across the country and internationally, I have found that the mobile technology and social media have eased travel stress and increased productivity and organization while I’m away on business.
The prospect of instant engagement with students, colleagues, and clients is exciting, but it can also be risky business, as my Sellinger colleague Gloria Phillips-Wren, Ph.D., explores in this month’s feature story.