IBM recently released it's
annual 'Next 5 in 5' video. This video
points to 5 technology innovations that will shape the world over the next 5
years. Not too surprisingly, mobility was on this list of innovations.
The video states that
"in 5 years the gap between information haves and have-nots will cease to
exist, due to the advent of mobile technology". With this recent video, as
well as the New Year, we thought we'd shed some light on the 12 most important
mobility trends for 2012.
- Continued volume sales - 2012 is the year that smartphone
shipments are expected to eclipse PC shipments. This confirms
that mobility is as much of a reality of the modern workplace as
computers, if not more so.
- BYOD (bring your own device) – The line between mobile devices for personal
use and those for business is being blurred. Employees are increasingly using
their own mobile devices at work. While this has pros and cons for the
enterprise, the main challenge is retaining control while allowing choice.
- Cloud computing – Cloud computing has been a catalyst for
mobile device adoption. At the same time, mobile devices are helping make
cloud computing a more individual phenomenon, in addition to an enterprise
- Media tablets – Media tablets will continue to evolve while
more mobile-centric applications and interfaces will be introduced to the
- Mobile retail – The growing prominence of mobile phones will
lead to more mobile product searches, as well as mobile payments. Visual
search and technologies like Google wallet are empowering consumers.
Consumers will be able to more easily and instantly find product
information and price comparisons, and follow up with transactions.
- Location-based services – New context aware services and object
recognition technologies will change the consumer experience. It will
allow businesses to deliver features and functionalities in tune with the
user’s personal background, context, and preferences.
- Analytics – Spurred by mobile retail and location-based services,
mobile analytics will also advance to provide insights on consumers.
- Social Networking – Mobile phones are leading to an increase in
the use of social networks, including apps or platforms designed
specifically for phones.
- Windows 8 – The Windows 8 operating system debuts in
2012. There will be an impact on mobility, although the nature of this
impact remains to be seen.
- M2M (machine-to-machine
communications) – This is a
broad field in which there will surely be significant advancements in the
upcoming years. M2M refers to any types of machines communicating over a
networking, not necessarily limited to computers and mobile devices. An
example would be smarter utility grids.
- Mobile messaging – Communication within an organization is
increasingly less restricted to computers. Enterprises will be going
mobile, allowing for enhanced text-based communication on mobile devices.
- RIM – A significant player in the mobility field,
the RIM (Research in Motion) company experienced some controversy in 2011
over a critical
open letter from an employee to company executives. The long-term
business effects of this on RIM have yet to be seen, although if they have
an impact it could shape the entire industry.
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