Q&A | July 8, 2014

Brave, New, Fragmented World: Tying IT Together For Your Clients

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By Bernadette Wilson, associate editor, Business Solutions magazine
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Mobile Devices

As the world of IT grows and changes, it can be increasingly complex for your end-user clients. Dave Sobel, director of partner community for GFI Software points out from 1998 to 2005, Windows and the Intel architecture dominated computing, with 96 percent market share of the computing world. In 2012, iOS and Android accounted for 45 percent of all the computing operating systems, with Windows reduced to 35 percent. “This is not because of a straight replacement of those Windows systems, but instead because the tablet and smartphone have expanded the computing world, bringing mobile computers into individual users’ pockets and handhelds,” says Sobel. And the expansion will continue — with the next generation of smart devices, often referred to as the Internet of Things, in smart homes and smart work places.

“This is the definition of fragmentation — moving from a single eco system to the new, larger ecosystem of disparate devices,” Sobel comments.

He adds, while cycles of technology adoption are nothing new, “This adoption is unique in its explosive growth. While technology continues to accelerate in its adoption, this adoption cycle has been dramatically faster than any previously seen.”  

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