The enterprise-consumer blur

Guillaume Sachet/ Accenture
18/06/2010
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Consumers and business users have common needs and wants. Business users are choosing their own devices beyond the traditional business smartphones. To capture this business segment, handset manufacturers traditionally focusing on consumers preferences (e.g. user friendliness, "cool factor") have launched enterprise versions, partnering with software companies to enable their devices with business intelligence, salesforce automation or collaboration applications.

Overall, the majority of available smartphones and smartphone OSs can be considered enterprise ready to some extent, depending on individual company policies. Yet, security and support remains a challenge for enterprises

With the growing use of smartphones in the business environment, a complete new network of applications and devices is being created. For example, pico projectors now allow projections from mobile phones. As a consequence, software has become a focus for all players - not only handset manufacturers - as devices need to maintain increasing functionality to perform in this new environment.

From a technology standpoint, application and desktop virtualization will help expand the availability of business applications on smartphones. To that effect, several enterprise software companies have announced the launch of mobile versions of their software platforms.

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