By Dennis Jones
The pre-dawn hours were the Senior Software Engineer’s most productive hours. Even after a major event, like the conference and after-conference events she attended the night before, she would wake up promptly at 4:45 a.m., make a double espresso and walk her dog through her quite, suburban neighborhood, while her neighbors still slumbered. It was during these walks that she would catch up on the work emails left unattended over the few hours that she slept. But it was during those walks that she would confront the small challenges of staying connected on the go.
Moving from her house to the street, she would lose connectivity, when she stepped outside of the range of her home Wi-Fi hotspot, but her device wasn’t smart enough to recognize that she was out of range of Wi-Fi, meaning there was a lag before she connected to her cellular network. It was usually during that lag that she would try to log in to her Krempe email through the firm’s single sign on service. But with no immediate avail. She always had to remember to log in while she was still in the house and them wait until she had switched to cellular before starting to answer emails, otherwise, those emails would get stuck in her outbox.
The next challenge to staying connected on the go that she faced was bouncing around from cellular to low-quality open Wi-Fi hotspots while she walked around. Either one of her neighbors’ private networks were accessible to public, broadcasting a signal weak enough to reach her but not strong enough to create a robust connection, or her device would connect to one of the many low-quality open hotspots that prevented you from connecting to the internet at all.
For such a productive person, she founds these struggles to stay connected incredibly inconvenient and frustrating. Things were even worse if she had do make a voice call to one of her remote colleagues. The call would stall or end suddenly.
She’d learned a few tips and tricks to preserve the status quo in OK connectivity while she walked, so she could at least accomplish the bare minimum to make dog walking time well spent. But defeated by the challenges of staying connected on the go, she’d begun to progressively add offline activities into these morning walks.