Ever since the Star Trek communicator hit our screens almost 40 years ago, mobile devices have been part of our cultural psyche. Back then a single device that we could use to communicate, monitor health and broadcast information was pure science fiction. Today’s mobile devices are, however, common place – with eMarketer expecting the US to reach 90.1 million smartphone users by the end of 2011.
As this infographic from PDT.com reminds us, the mobile phone in all its incarnations has been first and foremost a creation of culture – and technology is only now catching up with the earliest visions.
But now that we have reached the point where these smart mobile devices are pervasive – what will be the impact for our enterprises? How do we respond – innovatively – to the challenges and opportunities that these devices represent (at a consumer and employee level)? Where will this consumerization of IT lead us?
Perhaps we are seeing what Nathan Clevenger claims is a sea change in the IT/user relationship.
Clearly, large enterprises will need to respond strategically – understanding the value drivers and prioritizing the processes that can most benefit from mobility.
A select audience at the upcoming SAP Tech Ed event in Las Vegas will be able to put these questions directly to a panel of seasoned CIOs and mobile technology innovators at the SAP PCN Succeeding with Enterprise Mobility workshop. It is a face-to-face meeting with SAP Sybase CMO, Raj Nathan, Du Pont CTO, Mike Stoko, former T-Mobile CIO, Rob Strickland, SAP CIO, Oliver Bussmann and Nick Brown, SVP Strategy within SAP’s Mobile Applications Unit.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!