Smartphones, Tablets or PCs … Which Will Survive the BYOD Games?

Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in BYOD, cloud security and more:

  • BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins, predicted that the tablet would be dead within five years. Meanwhile, the PC has supposedly been on its way out for years. With these drivers in mind, ZDNet has published an article that explores whether people will want to purchase and lug around a ton of devices much longer.

The article predicts “Tablets, PCs and smartphones will rotate taking share from each other over time. The end state is we’ll have three types of devices before shedding one or two. Convergence will have to happen because wallets just won’t be big enough to support everything. Toss in Google Glass and the computing device roster snaps.” For more information on device overload, see the ZDNet article.

  • Are security concerns really preventing organizations from moving to the cloud? According to a Computerworld article, “Surveys continually place concerns about data security as one of the top reasons preventing organizations from moving to the public cloud. Yet, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the fastest growing segment of the public cloud.” The article describes why small businesses and enterprises are concerned about cloud security and predicts how cloud security will evolve within the next two years. For these cloud security predictions, see the Computerworld article.  
  • Cloud spending is on the rise in the UK. According to KPMG, 42% of UK organizations will spend at least 20% of their IT budgets on cloud services within the next year. With this is mind, The Guardian has published a list of considerations to help organizations know when they are ready to move to the cloud. According to The Guardian, the cloud can help medium and large enterprises expand on a global level. However, the article states that while “The idea of the cloud implies ubiquity and ease of access globally … it is local data centres and local network points of presence, coupled with local knowledge, that make it a reality.” For more cloud considerations, see The Guardian.    
  • And finally, big data provides insights into how stress from business travel impacts productivity and bottom lines. CWT, a global travel and events management company, created the CWT Travel Stress Index. The algorithm-based tool analyzes one million trips per minute to measure the financial impact of lost productivity caused by travel stress. According to InformationWeek, “the research revealed three types of stressors: lost time (such as the inability to work on a plane or in a hotel without an Internet connection); surprise (such as lost luggage) and … “routine breakers” (such as having to wake up early or the inability to eat healthy foods).” For more information on the Travel Stress Index, see InformationWeek.

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