In his ever-informative
BankerVision blog, Lloyds TSB's James Gardner reports back from the latest
TTI Vanguard meeting on technology trends in Canada. He was particularly struck by a presentation that posited the transformation of the mobile phone from a communications device to a smart personal server.
During the presentation, a linux handset - bought over the counter - was used live. It was running a media server, a file server, a web server, and a frame buffer server all on unmodified hardware. The basic idea is that your entire digital life can be
captured, stored and manipulated on your personal handset, which in turn will make use of other devices it finds in its environment to provide a desktop class experience.
Everything subordinate to the handset.
"Now I won't pretend to have thought through all the implications of that, but it is a very, very significant shift," states James. "It will change the way that banks activate their customers. And it will certainly change the way that customers choose to
interact with banks"
Unfortunately, the presentation was given under Chatham House rules, so James was not at liberty to divulge the identity of the presenter.
I wonder what prolific Finextra blogger Dean Proctor makes of all this?