Joined at the Hip: The Cloud and Mobility

Grazed from CIO. Author: Charlie Cooper.

The trend lines are clear: Laptops began replacing desktops, and then tablets began replacing laptops. And at this rate, smartphones one day might replace them all. It’s hardly hyperbole: IDC expects mobile workers to number slightly more than 37 percent of the global workforce by the end of this year. Putting it another way, we’re talking about some 1.3 billion mobile workers.

That tectonic shift also underscores the changing landscape that CIOs are navigating, one in which increasingly mobile employees expect reliable and seamless access to their corporate networks, no matter what device they carry with them. This has major implications for the future of the cloud...

There’s both potential and risk as companies integrate mobile across the enterprise. But IT watchers never hesitate to point out the fact that tomorrow's more mobile-friendly infrastructure will require companies to make cloud investments today in order to manage the potentially sprawling device ecosystem that’s growing up around them...

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