Mobile Enterprise: Mobile Devices to Surpass PCs

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Enterprise 2.0 - Mobile devices set to pass PCs in the enterprise.

This week the mobile devices assert their place in the enterprise. They are set to become the dominant enterprise collaboration device for the years ahead.

Mobile Devices On Track to Surpass PCs

Thinking about buying a new computer for the holidays? You might want to reconsider the results of a survey from market research firm IDC. The survey found that smartphones, tablets and other app-enabled devices will overtake shipment of PCs in the next 18 months.

IDC said worldwide shipments of app-enabled devices, which include smartphones and media tablets such as the iPad, will reach 284 million by year’s end. In 2011, makers are expected to ship 377 million of these devices, and in 2012, the number is likely to reach 462 million devices, exceeding PC shipments, whose shipments are predicted to reach 356 million this year, 402 million in 2011 and 448 million by 2012.

IDC’s results are based upon predicted IT spending, which is expected to grow overall by 5.7% in 2011 to US$ 1.6 trillion, but could be easily swayed if economic conditions in the U.S. and abroad worsen.

Will 2011 Be the Year of Mobile Enterprise?

According to a recent CIO survey, more than two-thirds of IT leaders tend to believe that mobile technology begets business innovation. Fewer than half think that mobile investments have been driven by business strategy.

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The survey asked 276 IT professionals about their mobile IT plans. Results show that mobility tops the IT agenda with 66% of IT budgets, including more spending on mobile solutions in the next year.

Much of this isn’t so surprising, considering that many have declared 2011 as the year of the mobile enterprise. But what is surprising is the reasons IT professionals gave for making mobile a priority. Most IT leaders cited productivity (87%), customer service improvements and support (86%). The need for access to information in real time (84%) also resonated.

If you doubted that IT was blind to the benefits of mobile technologies within the enterprise, you may see IT in a new light. Based on this survey, many of us can expect to see more mobile solutions in place. Most have their sights set on incorporating devices (71%), security and data-management software (70%), applications (63%) and wireless services (62%) into the enterprise.

Tell us which mobile solutions are on your list for 2011.