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Shocking news: People do lots on their smartphones

Galen Gruman | May 3, 2016
What is blindingly obvious to many is still something new to many others, reflecting the reality of how change happens

That's why Apple and IBM have spent so much effort to create enterprise-class mobile apps for the iPad and iPhone -- and why you don't see similar high-profile efforts by others, though enterprise software vendors increasingly offer mobile-savvy apps and websites. There's still a strong prejudice against such devices in many organizations, where IT considers them to be fads or toys, or grudgingly acceptable only for email use. (Never mind that IT favorite Microsoft is now all-in on mobile.)

Even mobile management vendors still struggle to gain broad adoption -- stuck at about 20 percent of enterprises -- despite the IT paranoia about all things security.

Years ago, when I worked at the IEEE Computer Society as an impatient youth, software engineering guru Tom DeMarco told me that change in academia and research moved at a generational pace -- the old generation had to retire or die for the new generation's ideas to gain acceptance. Since the PC era began in the 1980s, technology adoption has not been quite that slow, but it is still easily a decade-or-longer process.

By that measure, mobile adoption is proceeding apace -- on average, that is. As the old saw says, the future is already here, but unevenly distributed. That's clearly where mobile adoption stands today, whether we like or not.

Source: Infoworld 


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