Mobility

Is your network ready for the mobile device explosion?

Mobile computing is on the brink of an explosion of users and Mobile Device Management is estimated to grow to a $20 billion per year industry by 2013. The issue is how to manage all of the smart phones, PDAs, ultraportables, and other highly mobile computing platforms effectively and efficiently.

Mobile computing is on the brink of an explosion of users, and Mobile Device Management is estimated to grow to a $20 billion per year industry by 2013. The issue is how to manage all of the smart phones, PDAs, ultraportables, and other highly mobile computing platforms effectively and efficiently. Timothy Chou, a former Oracle executive, believes that once mobile computing devices become more ubiquitous, they could increase the number of Web transactions from Google's 200 million per day to billions per day, as people access what he calls the "deep Web."

"The deep Web is about 10,000 times the surface Web," Chou said. He's referring to the amount of data buried inside corporate networks, as opposed to the "surface" Web accessible by Google's search engine, estimated at about 100 terabytes.

Mega-growth forecast for mobile device management (TelecomTV)

Mobile computing still dancing around the cloud (News.com)

Motorola has now joined Cisco, Intel Capital, and Texas Instruments in investing in a technology for creating a virtual machine on a small device, abstracting the hardware, and allowing far more code to be reused. IBM is on board with mobile devices, having launched an initiative that will "make a mobile device an even easier to use than the PC, allowing you to do everything you can with a PC and much more." Even music companies are embracing the mobile device movement as Sony BMG and Nokia have joined forces to create a device that will have unlimited access to Sony's music catalog for a year.

Motorola Invests In Virtual Machines For Mobile Devices (Information Week)

Sony BMG, Nokia merge music subscriptions, devices; Is this the future model? (ZDNet)

IBM Launches Mobile Web Initiative to Transform Consumer and Business Experiences (TMCnet)

Mobile computing is still in its infancy in the United States, but it will become a huge part of the business world over the next few years. There will be a number of issues to address including bandwidth limitations, privacy policies, and infrastructure upgrades. Is your network ready for the mobile device explosion?

2 comments
mark.barl
mark.barl

Lets face it, in many organisations, mobile computing is seen as a management perk rather than a business tool. The higher up you are, the more mobile your equipment. Only problem is, they all seem too dumb to use them. They will always end up out of sync because they "Didn't know" how to synchronise them, then poor old tech support gets called to sort it out. They become a fad for a short time but in the end always prove to be too complicated for the average user. I will believe the mobile explosion when I see it.

Andy J. Moon
Andy J. Moon

If so, how are you planning on managing those devices as they navigate through your network? Will they have access inside the firewall to resources like file shares and printers? How do you plan to deal with the increasing numbers of mobile devices used by your employees and customers?