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Welcome to the Apocalypse | TalkingPointz Insider Lite

2020 was about adaptation. 2021 was about WFH. 2022, so far is about WFA. The acronym is mostly associated with Work-from-Anywhere, but I’m calling it Work-from-the Apocalypse.
Apocalypse has a few different meanings. There’s a religious interpretation referring to when god destroys the ruling powers of evil. It can also be used to describe a great disaster, “a sudden and very bad event that causes much fear, loss, or destruction.”  
That second definition works broadly for 2021. It works even better for January 2022. The Marshall Fire in Boulder was a sudden and bad event that has been declared a disaster. It destroyed over a 1000 homes on Dec 30. Although my home still stands, it was damaged and I’ve been in a hotel since.
Whats surprising me is how familiar WFA is. When I’m not home I use a Chromebook, so I’ve become pretty savvy at finding wifi (including hotspotting). I can work from the Apocalypse in hotels, coffee shops, airports, and planes.
I was reflecting on this while standing in an incredibly long line for 30 minutes at Safeway the other day. Why was the line so long? My primary King Soopers has been shutdown since the mass shooting last March. The other King Soopers is on strike. The Super Target is closed due to fire damage. The Safeway near my hotel was apocalyptic - empty shelves, long lines, and angry humans.
There’s a lot going on in this world. Economic recession, inflation, and shortages; extreme-weather disasters; an attempted coup, numerous new restrictions to voting rights, and mass shootings to name a few. There’s also been significant damage to trust in our society such as trust in government, trust in health guidance; trust in social media; trust in the police, and so on.  
Despite the apocalypse, I am connected and productive. I am generally current on email and able to complete reports, papers, posts, etc. Welcome to the new future of work - hybrid apocalypse and sanity.

From the Last Insider Report
The Insider Report for December requires a paid subscription. Contains all the enterprise comms news and opinions that matter each month. Link to December Report. Here’s two excerpts:
AWS 5G: One of the bigger surprises from the AWS Re:Invent conference was the availability of a private 5G service for enterprises. The new AWS Private 5G is intended to be an easy-to-procure starter kit for a fully managed, pay-as-you-go, private cellular service. Whatever it proves to be, it will reduce friction for enterprise evaluation of Private 5G (or 4G LTE).
The initial kit comes with a single small-cell radio supporting the US CBRS bands. The radios are cloud-managed (from AWS cloud or prem-based AWS Outposts), and the FCC-required Spectrum Access System (SAS) is included. The 5G service has a pay-as-you-go pricing model based on the number of radios and maximum throughput. 
This is a significant land grab. Previously, AWS partnered with established cellular providers. Now, it’s doing all the heavy lifting itself, from SIMs to hardware platform and radios, to the software stack and management — all aimed at enterprises. Hold on to packets, because the offering is as mature as the tech. Private 4G/5G will steal share from enterprise Wi-Fi and could prove to be a significant market. 
Bad Cloud Month: December was a bad month for cloud availability. AWS had (at least) three major outages (Dec. 7, 15, and 22), impacting providers such as Slack and Asana. Also, the usual battery of data breaches got worse in December with the Log4Shell exploit. Earlier this year, SolarWinds taught us about supply chain attacks. Log4j is similar but worse. It is a popular (omnipresent) library used by countless projects that are all vulnerable to exploitation. The problem is that many developers might not even know this vulnerability exists in their code because they might be using some other library that depends on the Log4j library. It is going to require thousands of patches, and some programs won’t be patchable until the code they depend on is first patched.
This whole cloud convergence thing may be a mistake. Conceptually, it makes a lot of sense, but it doesn’t seem we have evolved enough to harness it. We just might need to bring back single-purpose devices like the PBX. 
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This is a curious development. @WorkplaceMeta will soon integrate with @WhatsApp Not seeing a benefit to Workplace users and WhatsApp users probably want to stay native.
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I've been 100% Chromebook this year. Not exactly by choice, but it's worked incredibly well. The biggest disruption to my workflow has been lack of Zoom Chat (but it's coming) and I was unable to join a Zoom Event today. No issues with Webex, Vonage, RC, and 8x8
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