By Sean Barry
Here are two more predictions from Ennio Carboni, the Ipswitch Network Management Division president, on another blossoming area of technology in 2011: mobile computing.
2010 witnessed the release of multiple versions of the tablet computer. Although netbooks have been around for a few years now, they continue to remain popular due to their low price. And, it seems like everyone you know is upgrading to a new smartphone from countless providers. With mobile computing’s availability and reach growing quickly, employers are expecting sonic speed response time and near 24/7 availability more now than ever before. In order for this to be viable organizations must ensure their employees can access business applications from these devices, while at the same time maintaining security, speed and functionality.
As we enter 2011, we can count on almost every business software provider or tool releasing mobile-compatible versions and apps for your convenience.
The Rise of the Android
For several years, the top contenders in the smart phone race were the iPhone and Blackberry. 2010 brought the advent of the Android, which threatens to usurp the former smartphone leaders. Google’s Android OS for mobile phones is already toppling Apple’s iOS as the top mobile operating system. While millions of apps exist for the iPhone, it is not considered the friendliest OS to work with. The Android’s opensource capabilities have opened a huge window of opportunity for more hardened business applications, beyond games and social apps.