by Purushottam Darshankar
As we look back at year 2010, one can see many changes in mobility space. Some of these changes were evident from the way how tablets and other mobile hardwares made news this year. As global economy is heading out of recession, more and more organizations have started to see mobility as a strategic differentiator and see expanding role of individual-liable device in enterprise mobility.
According to analyst firm, Gartner Cloud computing, social networking, mobile devices and applications are the technologies that businesses should plan for - they may not adopt them all, but they must at least be aware of them and thinking about how they fit in their organisation and relate to all the other technologies.
Though it’s unfair to compare device platforms directly, Symbian will still lead its market share in 2011 because of Nokia’s entrenchment in low-end feature phones across the globe, while all other players are aiming to make high-end smartphones. Android at second position and gaining its market share day-by-day has an added advantage of recruiting many manufacturers to its cause. RIM at third position uses its blackberry OS only for mobile phone unlike android and iOS who have spanned their platforms for phones and tablets.
In 2010, iPad became the most quickly adopted electronic gadget in history that brought new levels of usability to computing. These are most suited for users who do not need full functionality of PC especially for travelling executives, employees on field , management top brass etc. Tablets such as iPad, RIMs Playbook that runs on QNX , Samsung Galaxy tab will start replacing laptops with expected sale of 54 million in 2011. We’re going to see a slew of iPad competitors hit the market early next year. The trend of rich UI based touchscreen devices will continue with over 60 percent devices to include the use of multi-touch interfaces to be shipped in Western Europe and North America in 2011.
With large screen and greater computing power, tablet will be the choice for enterprises. 2011 may see enterprises purchasing and deploying tablets for their employees. This will demand increasingly sophisticated device management and security solution that can protect device, network and applications that are running on device. 3G/4G services such as LTE and WiMax will continue to increase and market will see improved technologies to store and manage content such as audio, video and images. BT 4.0 and its low energy LE technology will enable range of peripheral devices to be used by devices to enable new functions.
Over 75 percent of devices shipped in mature market will have GPS capabilities, enabling wide range of B2B or B2E location aware applications. If local privacy regulations are addressed, enterprise will see good adoption of such applications that can bring significant improvement in productivity and operational efficiencies.
The M2M (machine-to-machine) market is highly fragmented but wide range of low cost network devices is helping industry grow 30 percent year-on-year. The applications such as meter reading, security/surveillance, automotive systems, vending and point of sale, remote tracking and monitoring will be in demand.
Cloud computing acceptance will accelerate in the small business sector during 2011. Mobile solutions will begin to exploit the cloud in order to provide lower cost of entry point to mobility solutions for SMBs. Telecom players will align and move their service offering on Cloud model – easy to use pay-as-you–go model
The focus on green IT will continue, as organizations are sensitive and more aware of reducing their carbon footprint via different methods like reducing paper consumption, reduced power usage, reducing travel etc. Mobility has been well positioned in providing the underlying foundation for more eco-friendly society.