"Consumerization of IT" may be an overused phrase, but it is by no means a fad. Workers nationwide are coming to expect that personal devices will connect to corporate networks.
Nielsen has confirmed what we've long suspected--people in the US waste more time on Facebook than anywhere else. The famed media metrics and ratings company says in its latest social-media report that Americans spend more time on Facebook than any other destination on the Web--about 53 billion total minutes in the month of May 2011 alone.
More than half of the CIOs polled said real-time communication tools will overtake traditional email in the workplace within five years
Many CIOs predict that real-time communication technologies, such as instant messaging, SharePoint, Chatter, and Yammer will overtake classic email in the workplace in the next five years.
That's the conclusion of a Robert Half Technology survey of more than 1,400 CIOs at U.S. companies with more than 100 employees. The survey was released last month.
Over half of those surveyed say their company is not pursuing a single cloud computing initiative. Privacy and compliance are keeping them on the sidelines
Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Cisco, take notice: Despite the near-constant hype about cloud computing services, most mid-market companies are still viewing cloud as a complement, not a replacement.
The wireless carriers' investment in 4G networks could be the salve that the ailing U.S. economy is looking for.
The US carriers could invest between $25 billion and $53 billion in building out their 4G network through 2016, according to a study from Deloitte. That in turn could lead to the creation of 371,000 to 771,000 jobs, and gross domestic product growth of $73 billion to $151 billion.
IT is inadequately prepared to fully exploit the opportunity that all those consumer devices in the workplace represent
The consumerization of IT is real. A recent IDC survey sponsored by Unisys showed that 40 percent of devices used to access business applications are personally owned, up 10 percentage points from 2010.
Market researcher Gartner said the PC market in Western Europe declined 19 percent in the second quarter of 2011, but Apple was the only top five vendor to show growth.
PC shipments in Western Europe came to 12.7 million units in the second quarter of 2011, down 18.9 percent from the same period in 2010, according to research note from Gartner today. Meanwhile, Apple managed to eke out a modest 0.5 percent growth, Gartner said.
Google said today it has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, giving the search giant valuable intellectual property and getting it directly into the handset business.
Google said it will pay $40 a share in cash for Motorola, a 63 percent premium over the company's closing stock price on Friday. The acquisition will "mildly" add to earnings once the deal closes, which is expected by year's end or early 2012.
As the device market becomes increasingly commoditised, intelligent device manufacturers face challenges from multiple fronts including increased competition, growing demand for differentiated functionality, the need to respond faster to changing market conditions, and the business imperative to reduce manufacturing costs by decreasing the number of unique physical devices produced.
The Chinese telecommunications-equipment manufacturer said today that it sold 35 million handsets in the first half of the year, representing a 30 percent increase from a year ago. Helping was its hit Blade smartphone, which debuted in Orange but is now available in 50 countries and regions.
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