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Mobile computing is the fastest growing segment of today's enterprise computing environment. This change reflects many factors including the growing role and influence of social media in our society, the availability of a pervasive communications infrastructure, the availability of inexpensive portable computing devices, and the evolution of user interfaces and applications for mobile devices. Together these factors result in motivations for users to stay connected as they move around their business and personal environments.

Today's mobile computing products include an operating system hosting installable applications, a file system, wireless communications, and a graphical user interface. Our discussion includes the big three product families: Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and RIM's Blackberry.

Key points

  • Mobile computing is being adapted by users at a faster pace than desktop computing and will comprise a bigger factor in the workplace.
  • Four trends are converging and are driving the adaptation of mobile computing: wireless networking, converged networks (data, voice, and video), social media, and compelling mobile devices.
  • Apple is leading the trends in mobile innovation and its impact has resulted in the depth of applications, expectations for the user experience, and pricing models.
  • Game-changing communications platforms (social media and mobile computing) are emerging very rapidly.
  • Many of the capabilities associated with today's mobile computing environment are enabled by the back-end servers hosted in Internet-based data centers. These servers are capable of storing and processing the massive data stores that are required by their applications.

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