January 21, 2014

When Worlds (and time) Collide...

I recently returned from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas.  In a few weeks, I’ll be attending the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

In the context of these world-shaping events, I took the opportunity the other day to review the introduction to the Annual Report of a leading global information Communications Technology (ICT) company.

It read as follows:

“There are no limits to the human imagination.
There are no limits to our capacity for change.
There are no limits to our capability to improve.
There are no limits to our willingness to achieve.
There are no limits to our dedication to serve.
There are no limits except those we set ourselves.
There are no limits.”

Impactful.  Indeed, inspiring. 

These words could and should apply to the vast majority of today’s cutting-edge ICT companies looking to usher in a yet-braver new digital world.

The Annual Report, like most, followed the intro with a “Letter to Shareholders” from the CEO, which, among other things, said:

“We are at the beginning of something very significant. Not just for our company. Not just for our industry. But for everyone. And for all aspects of our lives…A time when people can connect with each other no matter where they may be. When distance becomes increasingly irrelevant. When we can gain access to the facilities and services we need whenever we need them, not just when they happen to be available. When our activities no longer limit us to a particular place. When the links that bind our various communities are strengthened. When new links create new communities. And when nature is served by enterprise, not destroyed by it.”

Insightful.  Indeed, spot on.

No matter how much things change, in some ways, they stay the same…