CIOs are under pressure to allow personal devices into their enterprise IT departments. Companies that treat this change as an opportunity rather than a threat are more likely to win.
By Gary Kovacs, senior vice president at Sybase
When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, the speed limit in most places -- provided you were outside city limits -- was just 20 miles per hour (in town, it was usually just 10 mph).
That restriction seems hopelessly quaint today. You know what else will soon seem equally quaint? Your company's repressive approach towards employees' devices.
Most companies provide a limited selection of laptops and smartphones that range from bland to blander. Meanwhile, employees are champing at the bit to bring in their own stylish smartphones (the iPhone 4 and HTC Evo come to mind), cute netbooks from Asus and Acer, and, increasingly, useful tablets like Apple's (AAPL) iPad.
But most IT departments still either block these devices outright, or grudgingly grant them only limited entry. While citing security and management risks, a fear of change seems to underlie their objections. More
Here it comes: Mobile will soon outsell PCs.
Tim Bray last week attempted to conceptualize the market change that is happening in computing in a post called the Great Game. In a nutshell, what we are seeing in smartphones is bigger than anything that has come before it. Much bigger than the PC. And it is coming so fast that we don't realize what's happening.
The Numbers Are Really Big MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 11, 2010 6:41 PM ET
Their names may be unfamiliar -- Zynga, Fring, SPRXmobile -- but their apps are everywhere. Software is now dominated by a short list of powerhouses and start-ups offering byte-sized, mobile solutions.
Software development has officially gone mobile. If you asked developers 10 years ago where they observed the most innovation, they'd have pointed to companies working on the PC, Mac, or game consoles.
Today, the most innovative programs are being developed exclusively MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 7, 2010 2:20 PM ET
In a special Presidents' Day episode of Techmate, Jon and Michael discuss Intel (INTC) and Nokia's (NOK) strange alliance to develop mobile software and compete with Apple (AAPL) plus the on-going mess at MySpace (NWS)
Was I fickle? Or was our relationship doomed from the start?
I just put my Nexus One "superphone" back in its box to send it home to Google (GOOG). I taped the sides of the Googley-themed cardboard, lest I be tempted to exhume it before the FedEx guy came to pick it up. So far, it hasn't entered my mind to get the phone out of its package and fire it MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Feb 9, 2010 6:00 AM ET
Device testing needs to drastically improve or carriers and manufacturers face big risks to their reputations.
By Abhijit Kabra, senior executive, Accenture
Cell phones have come a long way in the last five years: We can surf the web, listen to music, watch TV, and make payments on our phones. So why is the process of testing these devices stuck in the 1990s?
Leading mobile handset makers around the world spend millions of MOREOct 28, 2009 6:00 AM ET
A new tech wizard is fighting to return the ailing cellphone maker to relevance with a slate of new phones–and help from Google.
It's been more than a year Sanjay Jha left wireless chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM) to come to Motorola (MOT). As co-CEO of Motorola (along with Greg Brown), he took on a task even the private equity firms had passed on: saving the iconic handset division. Just as he MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Sep 29, 2009 11:55 AM ET
How hand-held computers – also known as cell phones – are changing the world.
By Professor Iqbal Z. Quadir, director of the MIT Legatum Center and founder of Grameenphone
Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, an extraordinary event for all of us to celebrate. Forty years later, there is another extraordinary phenomenon to celebrate – billions of people around the world, including those in the MOREAug 13, 2009 7:30 AM ET
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