Mobility

Mobile Devices: The New Thin Clients

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Executive Summary

As IT organizations grapple with some of the profound changes being brought on by the explosion of mobile devices, the rapid adoption of bring your own device (BYOD), and the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7, many of them are taking a fresh look at their client devices and at the manner in which computing is delivered.

Indeed, many IT organizations have come to realize that devices such as iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, and Android-based phones typically need access to a common desktop environment and critical business applications to be truly useful in a business environment. This realization, in turn, has driven the awareness that the thin-client computing model is not only still relevant but also vital to provide employees with access to the kind of IT assets that help them do their jobs effectively.

This IDC Market Spotlight examines the rapidly evolving mix of client computing devices being used in businesses and other large organizations and discusses the impact that the increased use of tablets and smartphones, as well as the upcoming transition from Windows XP to Windows 7, will have upon that mix.

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