Alan Cane
Alan Cane is the Financial Times’ senior technology correspondent. I once had the pleasure to meet him when he came to visit the now defunct Interaction Design Institute Ivrea and published a nice and thoughtful story about it.

So when he now writes a foresight story (“Where do we go from here?”), I pay attention.

“Overall, this straw poll of some of the IT industry’s leading experts reflects a thoughtful, rather downbeat view of the future rather than the technocratic, gung-ho self-assurance of earlier years.”

The article, which has a strong business value focus, delves into the key issues such as privacy, mobility, and user experiences. He underlines the importance of information having to be “human-friendly” and quotes a KPMG chairman who says that “the next phase of workplace IT could be as influenced by social anthropology as by writers of computer code.”

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