Trends Slideshow: 9 Reasons Smartphones Will Take Over Business ComputingBy Tony Kontzer | Posted 07-19-2010
Growth of Cloud Computing
As cloud providers scramble to develop apps for the most popular smart phones, the idea of "having critical data at your fingertips" is taking on a lot more weight.
Fearlessness of Youth
The information workers of tomorrow - today's young people - worry much less about security or privacy, the chief obstacles for mobility (and cloud computing).
The Apple/Google Effect
The runaway success of the iPhone and Android mobile platforms is causing traditional IT vendors to ramp up commitments to mobile devices.
21st Century Lifestyles
Today's information workers demand the flexibility to balance work, home and leisure, and nothing enables that like a good smartphone.
Rise of Social Networking
Two trends in social media - expanded access from devices and increased use for business communications - pretty much tell the story.
Fewer Battery Woes
Laptops may be approaching all-day battery power, but phones are easily charged in the car, much quicker to power on and off, and less likely to catch on fire.
Reduced IT Workload
With companies looking to drive costs ever-lower, the fact that information workers can probably handle a lot of their own smartphone support is a huge benefit.
Faster Networks and Chips
Make no mistake: The faster and more powerful our mobile devices are, the less we'll need desktop or mobile PCs.
The Lugging Factor
Yes, laptops are mobile, and iPads are inarguably business-chic, but the mobile worker is sick of literally carrying the office with him when he can have it all in his pocket.