Over the next five years, 65 percent of enterprises will adopt a mobile device management (MDM) solution for their corporate liable users, according to Gartner, Inc.
With the increased functionality of smartphones, and the increasing popularity of tablets, much of the network traffic and corporate data that was once the primary domain of enterprise PCs is now being shifted to mobile devices.
"The era of the PC has ended. Employees are becoming more mobile and looking for ways to still be connected wherever work needs to be done," said Phil Redman, research vice president at Gartner. "The convenience and productivity gains that mobile devices bring are too tempting for most companies and their employees. Securing corporate data on mobile devices is a big challenge, but one that companies must embrace. Enterprises are struggling with how to support and secure this dynamic workforce."
Gartner predicts that through 2017, 90 percent of enterprises will have two or more mobile operating systems to support. In the past year, many companies have moved to Apple's iOS as their main mobile device platform, with others to follow over the next 12 to 18 months. As enterprises continue to offer multiplatform support, and new platforms — such as Windows 8 — continue to emerge, MDM needs will continue to grow.
(Contact: Christy Pettey, Gartner, 408/468-8312, email@example.com)
Despite the hype around the decline of PNDs and the rise of smartphone applications, there is a long-term future for dedicated GPS devices, according to ABI Research. Total GPS device revenues are forecast to grow from $6.5 billion in 2011 to over $8 billion in 2017. With the exception of PNDs, all device categories grew in 2011, including cycling computers, golf caddies, and recreational devices.
Senior analyst Patrick Connolly said, “With over 40 GPS watches available in 2012, this is the standout device category. Motorola, Epson, New Balance, Magellan, and Polar all entered the market, with a number of others lining up devices for 2013. We will also see increasing partnerships between device manufacturers and smartphone application developers, which is vital in extending reach and opening up new sales channels.”
“Looking to the future, the GPS-enabled eyewear market is expected to expand beyond skiing into winter sports and fitness, as well opening up new markets such as motorcycling, making it one of the strongest device revenue categories by 2017.”
(Contact: ABI Research, www.abiresearch.com , or call 516/624-2500).
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 2.4% year over year in the third quarter of 2012 (3Q12), driven by heavyweights Samsung and Apple as Nokia dropped off the Top 5 list of smartphone vendors according to International Data Corporation (IDC). According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 444.5 million mobile phones in 3Q12 compared to 434.1 million units in the third quarter of 2011.
In the worldwide smartphone market vendors shipped 179.7 million units in 3Q12 compared to 123.7 million units in 3Q11. The 45.3% year-over-year growth was slightly above IDC's forecast of 45.2% for the quarter. Equally noteworthy was the decline of Nokia, which was replaced by Research In Motion as a Top 5 smartphone player.
"Nokia's share losses have meant gains for competitors," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "The company's transition away from Symbian-powered smartphones to ones shipped with Windows Phone has left ample opportunity for rivals to steal share away from Nokia over the past 18 months. However, the smartphone market is still relatively nascent, which means there's room for multiple vendors and operating systems to flourish, including Nokia."
(Contact: IDC, Kathy Nagamine at 650/350-6423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and IT users for 2013 and beyond – led by the impact of consumerization and the Nexus of Forces.
The predictions focus on economic risks, opportunities and innovations that will impel CIOs to move to the next generation of business-driven solutions.
"The priorities of CEOs must be dealt with by CIOs who exist in a still-turbulent economy and increasingly uncertain technology future," said Daryl Plummer, managing vice president and Gartner fellow. "As consumerization takes hold and the Nexus of Forces drives CEOs to certain expectations, CIOs must still provide reliability, serviceability and availability of systems and services. Their priorities must span multiple areas. As the world of IT moves forward, it is finding that it must coordinate activities in a much wider scope than it once controlled, and as a result, a loss of control echoes through several predictions we are making."
One of Gartner's top predictions for IT organizations is the evolution of corporate networks due to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. Through 2014, employee-owned devices will be compromised by malware at more than double the rate of corporate-owned devices.
Gartner predicts that corporate networks will become more like college and university networks. Because colleges and universities lack control over students' devices, they focus on protecting their networks by enforcing policies that govern network access. Gartner believes that enterprises will adopt a similar approach and will block or restrict access for those devices that are not compliant with corporate policies.
(Contact: Christy Pettey, Gartner, 408/468-8312, email@example.com).
The evolving mobile app and cloud marketplace is expected to grow to a U.S.$340 billion opportunity in the next five years, according to a new Market Vision report from Yankee Group.
The report, "What's Next for Mobile Apps and Cloud," details the current state of the market and lays out Yankee Group's insights on how it will evolve over the coming years. Highlights include:
(Contact: Alexandria Hubbard, Yankee Group Communications, 617/598-7226, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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