An industry study released this week found that workers that use Internet-enabled mobile devices from the road tend to prefer smartphones to laptop PCs. The survey’s findings also demonstrate the so-called “knowledge gap” created by the widespread introduction of smartphones into the enterprise.
According to the results of a survey published today by iPass (News - Alert), 63 percent of the 695 mobile employees that responded to the survey said they would rather use a smartphone than a laptop as a primary mobile device,
“The adoption of consumer devices and services by enterprise users is making enterprise mobility expensive and chaotic to manage. Attempts to ignore this trend and deny employees the consumer devices they crave will not only drive up the cost of enterprise mobility, it will turn employees and IT departments into rivals versus allies,” said Evan Kaplan, CEO of iPass.
As TMCnet reported, activity in the wireless power industry has increased significantly over the last two years and the market poised for “explosive growth,” according to IMS Research’s recent report, “The Growth Potential for Wireless Power and Charging.”
“While nearly one-third of iPass respondents said that their mobile device of choice was a BlackBerry, more than half of BlackBerry users would switch to an iPhone (News - Alert) if their company’s servers and connections supported the device,” a Visage Mobile blog post said.
The survey also found that most mobile workers were ignorant of the actual telecom cost allocation imposed by their wireless Internet use. Erin Harrison is a senior editor with TMCnet, primarily covering telecom expense management, politics and technology and Web 2.0. She serves as senior editor for TMC's print publications, including "Internet Telephony (News - Alert)", "Customer Interaction Solutions", "Unified Communications" and "NGN" magazines. Erin also oversees production of TMCnet's weekly iPhone e-Newsletter. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Erin Harrison