The most impressive thing about the mobility revolution is that we've quickly come to take it for granted that we're connected all the time.
That insight jumped out at me when I was working with our sponsor IBM on our latest infographic, Business on the Move. In IT, we get so hung up on the details of mobility -- the technical details of choosing devices, managing apps and users, connecting to back-end systems, and deploying wireless networks -- that we lose sight of the ground moving under our feet (sort of like this woman so absorbed in her texting that she falls into a mall fountain).
Fifteen years ago, when you wanted to go online, you had to go to your desk and boot up a PC to get a dialup Internet connection. Now, whether we're in the mall, in bed, or on an airplane tens of thousands of feet up in the air, we're always connected to the Internet.
To be more precise, we're always connected to colleagues, customers, and suppliers, as well as back-end corporate information systems we need to do our jobs.
Or at least that's true for businesses forward-looking enough to transform themselves into mobile enterprises.
The challenge for businesses today is to mix mobile into their entire IT infrastructures, so they can achieve the mobile benefits that employees, partners, and -- most importantly -- customers demand.
Get the Internet Evolution infographic, in partnership with IBM, to find out more about enterprise mobility, including examples of firms succeeding with mobile business, the benefits of mobile in the enterprise, and a look ahead to the future of mobile: Business on the Move.
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ó Mitch Wagner , Editor in Chief, Internet Evolution