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Transition to Smart IT (Smartphone + Tablet) Infrastructure

Legacy IT is transforming to Hybrid IT (PC + Smartphone+ Tablet) driven by mobile initiatives and BYOD. Visionary companies are planning for the next generation IT consisting of purely mobile devices (Smartphones + Tablets)

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The IT infrastructure is set for disruption wtih advent of BYOD (Bring your own device) and BYOL (Bring your own license) cloud model. In 4Q 2011 as per IDC, WW shipments  of smartphone shipments exceeded traditional computing shipments(PC + Media tablet) . In 2016, the ratio of Smartphone to PC shipments is forecast to be 2:1.

IT will quickly need to transform itself from Legacy IT (supporting PC) to Hybrid IT (supporting PC + Smartphones + Tablets). It will also have to gear itself for the new future of next gen IT (Smartphone + Tablet) . IT CIOs and IT Managers need to quickly evolve their mobile strategy (if not having done so). Businesses are looking at mobile apps to transform their business and are investing considerable resources. Mobile enterprise apps have evolved from  information and education to transformation applications. Developers are currently struggling with multiple OS (example Android, iOS), multiple form factors (tablets, smartphones), multiple coding languages (objective C, HTML etc) and disparate back end systems.

While this provides a challenge to IT, it also provides an opportunity. IT budgets are set to grow on account of mobile and cloud investment. Firms are leveraging both internal and external assets (contractors) to develop their mobile capability. 

The mobile IT vendor landscape is getting transformed by new incumbents who are nimble , and in tune with market needs. The challenge for IT CIOs and IT Managers is determining the right provider (Existing IT providers or choosing the new providers). 


It will be intersting to see the market evolve as IT vendors finetune their product portfolio in the next few years.


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Pearl Zhu 90 Points | Thu, 09/13/2012 - 16:33

Just read a sereis of information week 500 success stories, most of IT leaders cross-industry sectors focus on developing apps, especially mobile apps to delight end customers, as well as internal employees, that said, the traditional legacy IT will transform into more "I" driven, lightweight architecture, to framework an untethered enterprise. thanks. 

John Dodge 1535 Points | Thu, 09/13/2012 - 13:59

The notion of smart phone infrastructure is fascinating. Smartphones with 5-inch displays are closing in on tablets with 7-inch displays. And shipments tell the sense is that smartphones outselling PCs 2:1 will happen much sooner than 2016. General purpose desktops will go away. And it's an open question whether Windows 8 can grow the ultrabook and hybrid notebook/tablet market. As many pundits have pointed out, Apple's success is not so much the hardware as it is the "integrated experience." Android is catching up, but let's face it: Android's strength is on smartphones.

Peter McInnes
Peter McInnes 1 Point | Thu, 09/13/2012 - 03:57

Hi Dinesh,

The explosion of BYOD is definitely a disruptive influence, causing support, reliability and performance issues for many IT departments. The number of mobile devices is one thing, the number of applications is quite another. There is increasing demand from end users for their organisation to provide ‘enterprise aware’ mobile applications that provide new interfaces to their legacy apps and data.

Do you think organisations struggle more with the number of mobile devices, or meeting the demand from lines of business for new mobile apps that are as rugged, reliable and secure as their legacy apps?

Ideally an organisation’s mobility policy will address both the infrastructure AND the mobile apps demand to ensure that any services provided via mobile device are functional, perform and are secure  - the same expectations we have for legacy apps.

Mobile apps are enterprise apps in this context.

Thanks for the interesting blog.