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.