As the clock winds down on 2010, we look back at the year that has passed and also forward to the year ahead.
Many changes have occurred over the past year: the expanding role of mobility itself in the enterprise; the increasing consumerization of IT and the proliferation of individual-liable devices in the enterprise; new security concerns as the device itself become less important and the focus shifts to the data; and the broadening scope of 4G technologies.
Some of these changes are evident in the mobility deployments you will read about in this issue: the 2010 Mobilizer Award winners. The winners span a vast range of enterprises from a tiny school system in Alabama to the United States Air Force and from manufacturing to healthcare. As disparate as these deployments might seem, they illustrate just how powerful mobility can be in an enterprise when planned and executed thoughtfully and properly.
We also look to the future in this issue with exclusive research from the Yankee Group with Mobility Outlook 2011. This special supplement, based on a survey by the Yankee Group, delves into the hot-button enterprise mobility issues for the year to come: managing the increased consumerization of IT; the broadening of mobility across all sectors of the enterprise; expanding mobile applications; and the emergence of next-generation wireless technologies.
Mobility in the enterprise will only continue to expand in the coming year. As with the proliferation of smartphones in the enterprise, we will see an increase in the number of tablet computers being used as their value in the enterpise is fully realized. Tablets are already making inroads in the education and healthcare fields, and many companies are already creating enterprise apps for tablets.
Once IT administrators see the benefits of such widespread mobility and welcome it instead of seeing it as a something to stifle, then the future of enterprise mobility will look very bright indeed.