Mobile Printing Gets Down to Business
By all accounts, 2011 marked a milestone in the rise of mobile computing. According to a survey by Deloitte Canada Research, 2011 was the year when sales of “non-PCs” – the umbrella term for smartphones and tablet devices – overtook that of traditional PCs. This turning point should come as no surprise to most industry observers, especially now that mobile devices have become so powerful and affordable that few
people can resist getting into the act.
“People are doing things on their mobile devices that they used to have to do on their laptops,” says Duncan Stewart, a director with Deloitte Canada Research. As with sales of mobile devices, the trend toward a more mobile workforce only shows signs of strengthening. A recent report by IDC predicted that by the end of 2011, the number of mobile workers worldwide could reach as high as 1 billion1 – and by 2013, the research group says the mobile worker population will represent nearly 35% of the global workforce.
Worker mobility is being propelled and aided by faster and more powerful mobile devices, more and better cloud services, and an expanding ecosystem of applications, or apps as they are commonly called. Inventive business leaders are intrigued by the possibilities for implementing new computing models, serving work environments not practical for traditional approaches, and gaining competitive advantages from new
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