What’s Next in Mobile Computing, Part 3: Going Up?Your organization and its employees, managers, and executives have most likely had discussions on mobile computing. The phenomenon has most definitely been on the minds of IT. What you might be pondering is whether mobile computing is being over-hyped, or is there really a trend towards explosive growth?
If all the Internet articles on the subject have it right, then the mobile market is certainly growing worldwide. The benefits of a mobile workforce are being realized by even enterprises which have stayed within the boundaries of a traditional 9 to 5 workforce. Instead of resisting the trend, many businesses are seeing the need to transform because of operational costs, personnel demands, and to meet client and customer expectations. In fact, an industry CEO suggested that in 2013, mobile computing may account for as much as 57% of the growth in the worldwide IT market.
The Facts Say It All
A report from the IDC, a specialist in global market research for IT, speculates that IT spending will exceed over $2 trillion in 2013, a rise of nearly 6% over last year. A 20% growth in the sales of smartphones and other mobile devices is also expected. This breakneck pace means that if your business does not make use of at least some mobile solutions, it faces a real risk of falling behind in the market.
The rate at which mobile device sales are growing reflects the overall demand for mobile computing. The handset market was structured such that smartphones represented just over 16% of phones sold in 2009. They will take up over 40% of it in 2013, based on data from Morgan Stanley Research. The almost universal popularity of the iPad, reflected in boisterous sales numbers, has helped to boost the mobile market, but is a reflection of the underlying trends.
Another piece of evidence for the growth of mobile computing is the exponential increase of available apps. Over 500,000 apps and growing are in the Apple store, but apps are becoming popular for other platforms too, such as Android and Windows. Business apps, as your organization is probably already aware of, have exploded in numbers. Those for the financial industry and other markets have appeared, so specialty apps have become the norm in the business marketplace. Mobile software for online brokerage and infrastructure management are just a couple of examples.
Creating a Path of Least Resistance
Certainly some factors have stood in the way of mobile computing for business. Some of these are quickly vanishing to get mobile to become the next standard. One example is the adoption of 4G, which supports the network bandwidth required for business communications and transactions. With mobile taking off in all industries, the next-generation network will help enterprises across the board get on track.
Creating native mobile apps has been a challenge, but with a new standard called HTML5, businesses can create apps much easier. The trend here is a reduction of cost with a faster way to build graphical applications anyone in the enterprise can use. With the trends in growth and innovation accelerating, the pressure to give in to mobile computing is just too great. Your business might find it essential just for keeping up in the modern world.
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