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Gartner predicts the future

Posted: 18 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Less expensive
By 2012, 30 percent of mobile PCs sold in the worldwide consumer market will be priced at less than $300, says Gartner. Low-cost PCs, notes Gartner allow vendors to increase PC penetration in emerging markets across Asia Pacific, in Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa. The inclusion of wireless functionality for mobile Internet connectivity, when combined with growing availability of wireless infrastructure makes these devices attractive to telecommunications service providers, opening up a new distribution channel. According to Gartner, enterprises should also consider the possible uses of these devices and whether they enable new business opportunities.

Unhooking the phone
By year end 2013, 40 percent of enterprise knowledge workers will have abandoned or removed their desk phone, anticipates Gartner. With complex desk phones costing several hundred dollars per unit, and growing moves towards remote workers, hotdesking and other business practices which unlink an individual from a fixed location, there are significant cost savings possible. There will be resistance from workers, especially the older and more traditionally minded, whose working practices are more centered on the desktop device which will prevent total elimination of the desk phone, but the trend is clear. According to Gartner, organizations should consider whether users need a desk phone and a mobile device and plan to reduce unnecessary expenses.

Expired offers
By the end of next year 2010, most wireless operators will cease to offer unlimited (flat-rate) mobile data plans. Gartner warns that users must expect data throughput limitations on 3G to continue and plan mobile enterprise services accordingly. New bandwidth-intensive smart phones and mobile internet devices are accelerating the demand for bandwidth, with devices like Apple's iPhone driving significant increases in mobile data usage. Gartner asserts that networks are already hitting capacity and increased customer demand is impacting network availability and effective throughput. Mobile data services are already slowing down as carriers frequently fail to deliver on the promised speeds.

Heightened sensors
By year end 2012, physical sensors will create 20 percent of non-video Internet traffic, notes Gartner. This pertains to collecting data from the hard-disk shock sensors of notebooks to better understand earth tremors and earthquakes for example. According to Gartner, the extent and diversity of real-time environmental sensing is growing rapidly as the ability to act on and interpret the growing volumes of data to capture valuable information increases.

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