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Consumers Play an Important Role in the Way Tech Vendors Reach the Enterprise

Gartner has published its “emerging technologies hype cycle” to focus on the latest and greatest new technology. Gartner’s 2012 report is out for 2012 and 2013. Here are some key findings you will find interesting.

The Gartner report discusses the impact of over 1900 technologies – I promise not to list all of them. None of us will find it surprising, that one of its central forecasts is that mobile technology will infuse enterprise business processes as a result of BYOD. This is how the article summarizes Gartner’s findings in this area:

‘The technology industry has long talked about scenarios in which any service or function is available on any device, at anytime and anywhere. This scenario is being fueled by the consumerization trend that is making it acceptable for enterprise employees to bring their own personal devices into the work environment. The technologies and trends featured on this Hype Cycle that are part of this scenario include BYOD, hosted virtual desktops, HTML5, the various forms of cloud computing, silicon anode batteries and media tablets. Although all these technologies and trends need to mature for the scenario to become the norm, HTML 5, hosted virtual networks and silicon anode batteries are particularly strong tipping point candidates.”

There are a couple of interesting points  – one is the reality that practically any business service/function can be available anywhere, anytime, on any device. This is not a new idea, but modern mobility is rapidly turning it into an operational reality with big data, big security, and big operational implications.

The other part of Gartner’s analysis discusses the way enterprises adopt mobile technology. The consumerization of IT, the “BYOD effect”, means that tech vendors use consumer acceptance of their products as a path to selling their technology into enterprise markets. This trend is propelling solutions like hosted virtual desktops, HTML5, cloud services (Afaria cloud instance;, and mobile high definition video communications into the heart of the business process.  Lower cost consumer versions of these technologies have been made “business capable” and have become established enterprise tools. Remember doing business without your mobile phone – barely, right?

These emerging trends in enterprise mobility underscore the importance of adopting flexible mobility management solutions and policies. If you want to get ahead, think consumer experience when you plan for mobility – that’s today’s mobile reality.

TECHED ATTENDEES: To hear more about mobility management topics don’t miss the following sessions; Beyond Mobile Device Management with SAP Afaria Tuesday, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Hall C & Thursday 12:00 – 1:00pm; Best Practices to Enable Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the Enterprise Tuesday 11:30am – 12:30pm Palazzo L and Thursday 5:45 – 6:45 pm Palazzo K; and  Best Practices for Running SAP Afaria in Your Enterprise Wednesday 4:35 – 5:30pm Murano 3204 and Thursday 10:30-11:30am Palazzo I

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