With the end of 2011 upon us, one thing is sure: the mobile revolution is in full swing. Smartphones and tablets are everywhere.
In fact, according to the analyst firm Gartner, sales of smartphones will exceed 461 million this year – surpassing PC shipments in the process – and rise to 645 million in 2012. Combined sales of smartphones and tablets will be 44 percent greater than the PC market by the end of the year. Beyond 2011, Gartner says the rise in tablet use will jump to 900 million by 2016.
These devices are not just becoming mainstream, they are penetrating nearly every aspect of our lives. More importantly, for many the line between personal and business devices has been blurred, or erased altogether. More often than not, a single device is used for both personal and business activities, with Gartner also predicting that 80 percent of professionals will use at least two personal devices to access corporate systems and data by 2014.