I am a recent survivor of the zombie apocalypse. YES, that’s right, you did read it correctly. THE. ZOMBIE. APOCALYPSE. Did you not catch it on the news? How could you have missed it? It was epic. Brighton was taken over by thousands of undead, walking the streets, pier and beach moaning and gurgling along trying to bite the Saturday shoppers out for some errands. It was messy I can tell you.
It was in fact the annual Beach of the Dead zombie walk. Those crazy seaside dwellers dress up once a year and take over the town. Just for funz and lolz. And why not? It’s a brilliant idea and I couldn’t wait to get involved. I love a good dress up and make up session as much as the next corpse and it was a lot of fun.
Community spirit, impromptu gatherings and a sense of fun in our lives are sometimes said to be dead and buried especially if you are keen to believe some negative press about the state of our great nation. When in fact, I think, it is very much alive and kicking for all to join in with, you just have to seek it out. That sense of collaboration creates great communities we all want to get involved with and as a result, spreads to so many other areas of our lives too.
In fact, this collaborative society means most people are communicating with each other more than ever before. Working together across countries and timezones using rapidly advancing technologies available to everyone, everywhere. Cloud computing applications and hosted Exchange email makes the process of getting involved so much easier and that is a thing to be celebrated.
Some technology commentators have predicted the death of email as a non-collaborative tool. Reasoning that, as we get more and more involved in social networking sites and their method of communicating, (see Geoffrey Moore’s article here) email will be used less and less.
I can’t help but disagree. With hosted Exchange, we can communicate via email more rapidly, with more ease and with less fuss, so surely we will use it more frequently? The automatic syncing and multi-device platforms available to everyone with the Cloud surely opens up a whole new world of networking? Judging by current demand for infrastructure and access to Cloud networked information and data, this is most certainly confirmed.
So while I can safely say the zombie apocalypse has been and gone and it is definitely dead and buried, I can’t say the same about email. Here’s to more communication and more collaboration, less zombies and more new technology. You really wouldn’t want to miss out on all that, no matter how undead you are inside.