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Gartner identifies organizational implications of the rise of mobile devices

CIOs and IT leaders must address three key implications of the “post-PC” era as workforces and consumers increasingly access IT applications and content through mobile devices, according to Gartner Inc.


June 13, 2012  


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CIOs and IT leaders must address three key implications of the “post-PC” era as workforces and consumers increasingly access IT applications and content through mobile devices, according to Gartner Inc.

“The release of the iPhone five years ago marked a shift towards a mobile-dominated future,” said David Mitchell Smith, research vice president at Gartner. “With phones and tablets becoming a platform for the delivery of applications and information and not simply a communications tool, the era of running applications solely on desktop and notebook PCs is rapidly being superseded by a fast-moving, diverse era of ecosystems that span consumer electronics, business computing, fixed-location clients and mobile clients.”

Gartner analysts recently identified three key implications of this shift:

* IT departments must rapidly evolve mobile applications and interfaces to meet sharp increases in demand across B2B, B2E and B2C channels.

* Application developers need to retool as mobile-centric design replaces desktop-centric design for user interfaces.

* Organizations need to reallocate resources as mobile advertising projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by four to one by 2015.

“This shift in computing to mobile devices, and the ongoing trends of consumerization and ‘bring your own device’ mean that IT leaders and application development teams need to take a multichannel approach to applications across business-to-business, business-to-employee and business-to-consumer channels,” said Smith. “Too many IT departments and end users still assume that only desktop applications are needed.”

Gartner analysts will present additional findings on the impact of mobile devices at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2012, to be held next week in London, England.