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Steve Wexler of IT-TNA has good news for mobile businesses and customers: mobility and app-as-a-service are the major forces driving today’s innovation. Wexler writes:

The latest numbers reinforce the new ITALS anywhere, any time, anything mobile reality that is transforming the business world. This week IDC reported that worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to surpass 1 billion units in 2013, representing 39.3% growth over 2012. By 2017, total smartphone shipments are expected to approach 1.7 billion units, resulting in a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.4% from 2013 to 2017.

App as a Service, along with Software as a Service and Platform as a Service, represent the next round of major mobile development set to pick up in 2014. Big Data is still a big buzz word, but because few companies have the need or want to implement it, adoption of Big Data services like SAP’s HANA is slow-growing. In 2014, Big Data’s dominance may fall, and filling that seat hole will be “___ as a Service” solutions.

Wexler explains that the mobility-first movement is growing, and for good reason. With smartphones, tablets, and other smart devices on the rise across the board, having a mobile strategy is key to staying relevant and providing both consumers and businesses with data they need. It’s a new kind of engagement that encompasses more and more devices all over the world, and businesses are keen on supplying that engagement as a service.

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