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2011 Study Tour Report: Mobility and the Onset of a Post-PC World

The title of the 2011 Study Tour, Mobility and the Onset of a Post-PC World, was amply justified by Apple’s announcement on the Friday before the tour began that the iPhone and iPad were in effect promoted to the level of the now more humble Mac.  No longer do they need to be enabled by plugging in to a PC or Mac.  With such an affirmation of the title and context of the tour, it is little surprise that we found many examples to support our study tour’s research topic.

During the tour the growing importance of mobility and the increasing impact of mobile devices were repeatedly demonstrated, as the post-PC world is substantively driven by this different breed of computer.

This report summarizes what we heard on the tour, and the actions and lessons delegates took away to enable their organizations to better prepare for the onset-of a Post-PC World.


Study Tour Report

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Adrian Seccombe
Research Associate
Adrian Seccombe, based in the UK, is a Research Associate for Leading Edge Forum.  Adrian's focus is on the future of security and mobility, and on managing information as an asset including identity, risk, governance and compliance considerations. Having retired from his role as the Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Enterprise Architect at Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, Adrian lectured at Surrey University on the subjects of Information Asset Management and Information Security.  Adrian is an IT visionary with extensive knowledge and practical experience in various IT, Security, and Strategy & Quality Management positions in the UK, France and the US.  He was named Information Security Person of the Year (Europe) in 2010 by SC Magazine, and was recognized for his role in the leadership of the Jericho Forum during its decade of Deperimeterization. Adrian joined Lilly as a Telecoms Analyst in 1980.  As Manager of Telecom & Technology Development, Adrian relocated to Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis.  Following four years in various management positions, including IT Strategy Manager, he moved to become the IT Director for Lilly in France.  On returning to the UK, Adrian took responsibility for the Lilly IT infrastructure of Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific & Japan.  He then took global responsibility for Lilly Client Computing & Collaboration Services, whilst retaining his responsibility for the EMEA infrastructure.  He then led the development of Lilly’s Information Risk Management processes, and the IT Quality and Security Management teams based around the globe. Adrian holds a Bsc Hons in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Surrey University and is a trained facilitator.  He served on the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Surrey Computing Department, was a member of the Board of Management of The Jericho Forum, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Information Security Forum.