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Wearable tech offers promise (and potential peril) for the enterprise

Al Sacco | Jan. 23, 2014
Wearable technology is not just for consumers. CIOs who want to stay ahead of the curve need to start preparing for this new wave of gadgets today. Here's a look at the current state of wearables in the enterprise, along with some examples of how your company can begin to realize the technology's potential for business.

"It's time to be proactive," Gartner's McIntyre says. "I speak with companies every week that are already planning pilots."

Gartner says enterprises interested in smartglasses should try to identify specific tasks that workers could do more efficiently with the devices, then bring to budget pilots for glasses (and related apps) in 2014.

CA's Michelson also suggests that it's never too soon to start preparing and strategizing for the influx of wearables, though he admits it might be years before many CIOs or IT managers need to worry about it.

"You can never really time these things; they happen to you. But if you think it's going to happen, you have to get started," Michelson says, adding that it's only a matter of time before wearable tech indeed makes its way into the enterprise.

Predictions on when exactly wearables will arrive in the enterprise vary, but wearables appear to represent a real opportunity for CIOs and IT departments looking to improve security, save money and increase organizational efficiency.

"If CIOs want to continue to manage and own IT spend around devices, they have got to adapt," Snodgrass says. "Otherwise, more and more of the budget is going to go to the CMO or the CSO, chief sales officer or chief revenue officer, because efficiency is key in this new world. Wearables are going to be able to deliver a significant amount of that efficiency."


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