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By YE12, more than 30% of interactive videos invoked for collaborative purposes will be satisfied through cloud computing.

By 2013, more than 25% of the content that workers see in a day will be dominated by pictures, video or audio.

A surplus of existing monitors, low prices for new monitors, and easy connectivity will enable more than 60% of knowledge workers to routinely use at least three displays as part of their primary PC work spaces by 2015.

Plan for less than 20% of employees being able to replace a laptop with a tablet through 2012.

By 2020, mobile and web AD will have evolved into multichannel application development.

By 2015, mobile Web technologies will have advanced sufficiently such that half of the applications that in 2011 would be written as native apps will be, instead, delivered as Web apps.

By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide.

Fewer than 5% of handsets sold in 2014 will support LTE. 75% of tablets sold in mature markets in 2014 will have a screen size of approximately 10”

Android will remain the top smartphone platform in shipment terms through 2015.

Most CIOs should plan to support at least three mobile platforms by 2012.

By 2013, Microsoft will overtake RIM in smartphone shipments.

(Source: Gartner)

Although it replaced the command with a new operator, (“quotation marks”) Google has admitted that users still aren’t entirely happy. Corin Anderson, Google’s Principle Engineer for Search says “we’ve received a lot of requests for a more deliberate way to tell Google to search using your exact terms. We’ve been listening, and starting today you’ll be able to do just that through verbatim search.”

Verbatim search is a way for users to make all of their searches specific, without the need to enter another command with every query. Once the Verbatim tool is turned on, all searches will be conducted as if each phrase was wrapped with quotation marks.

This means that Google will not apply certain search tweaks to the query, such as; making automatic spelling corrections, personalizing the search, including synonyms of search terms, finding results that match similar terms to those in the query, searching for words with the same stem, and making some terms optional.

To turn the tool on users need to click on the ‘More search tools’ option in the left hand options bar, and select Verbatim. The tool needs to be selected each time Google is opened but will apply to each query in that session once it is selected.

Worldwide Mobile Device Sales to End Users by Vendor in 3Q11 (Thousands of Units)





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Source: Gartner (November 2011)

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 3Q11 (Thousands of Units)


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Source: Gartner (November 2011)

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  • The love affair between Microsoft and Nokia that has transpired over the last year has finally born fruit.
  • The Lumia 800, Nokia’s first smartphone that runs Windows Phone 7, is set to hit some retail chains in the U.K. on Wednesday.
  • Nokia says the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710, which is the lower-end version, will arrive in other European countries this month and in parts of Asia by the end of the year. They won’t come to the United States until early next year, the company says.
  • After testing the Lumia 800 for a week, I have been impressed by some aspects and confused by others. For example, I like the bold hardware design, but I don’t understand why I have to choose between two apps for music, two for downloading more apps and three for maps.
  • Microsoft and Nokia seemed well matched when the partnership was formally announced to much fanfare in February. The software giant’s Windows Phone platform is well made but has attracted little attention from phone manufacturers, app developers or customers.
  • Nokia builds exquisite hardware, but its existing lineup of smartphones relied on an outmoded operating system called Symbian. The company is still the world’s largest maker of mobile phones by volume, but it has very little presence in the United States or in the minds of early adopters. Nokia sees the Lumia 800 as a chance to change that.
  • The phone is quite solidly built. The rounded, unibody exterior, which is topped with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, is attractive and comfortable to hold. The polycarbonate material looks and feels somewhere in between plastic and metal. It is not slippery. The version I have been testing has a dark gray finish, which resembles a granite stone.

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Media Tablets and Beyond.

  • Users can choose between various form factors when it comes to mobile computing. No single platform, form factor or technology will dominate and companies should expect to manage a diverse environment with two to four intelligent clients through 2015. IT leaders need a managed diversity program to address multiple form factors, as well as employees bringing their own smartphones and tablet devices into the workplace.


  • Enterprises will have to come up with two mobile strategies – one to address the business to employee (B2E) scenario and one to address the business to consumer (B2C) scenario. On the B2E front, IT must consider social goals, business goals, financial goals, and risk management goals. On the B2C front, which includes business to business (B2B) activities to support consumers, IT needs to address a number of additional issues such as surfacing and managing APIs to access enterprise information and systems, integration with third-party applications, integration with various partners for capabilities such as search and social networking, and delivery through app stores.


Mobile-Centric Applications and Interfaces.

  • The user interface (IU) paradigm in place for more than 20 years is changing. UIs with windows, icons, menus, and pointers will be replaced by mobile-centric interfaces emphasizing touch, gesture, search, voice and video. Applications themselves are likely to shift to more focused and simple apps that can be assembled into more complex solutions. These changes will drive the need for new user interface design skills.


  • Building application user interfaces that span a variety of device types, potentially from many vendors, requires an understanding of fragmented building blocks and an adaptable programming structure that assembles them into optimized content for each device. Mobile consumer application platform tools and mobile enterprise platform tools are emerging to make it easier to develop in this cross-platform environment. HTML5 will also provide a long term model to address some of the cross-platform issues. By 2015, mobile Web technologies will have advanced sufficiently, so that half the applications that would be written as native apps in 2011 will instead be delivered as Web apps.


Contextual and Social User Experience.

  • Context-aware computing uses information about an end-user or objects environment, activities, connections and preferences to improve the quality of interaction with that end-user or object. A contextually aware system anticipates the user’s needs and proactively serves up the most appropriate and customized content, product or service. Context can be used to link mobile, social, location, payment and commerce. It can help build skills in augmented reality, model-driven security and ensemble applications. Through 2013, context aware applications will appear in targeted areas such as location-based services, augmented reality on mobile devices, and mobile commerce.


  • On the social front, the interfaces for applications are taking on the characteristics of social networks. Social information is also becoming a key source of contextual information to enhance delivery of search results or the operation of applications.


Internet of Things.

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that describes how the Internet will expand as sensors and intelligence are added to physical items such as consumer devices or physical assets and these objects are connected to the Internet. The vision and concept have existed for years, however, there has been an acceleration in the number and types of things that are being connected and in the technologies for identifying, sensing and communicating. These technologies are reaching critical mass and an economic tipping point over the next few years. Key elements of the IoT include:


  • Embedded sensors: Sensors that detect and communicate changes are being embedded, not just in mobile devices, but in an increasing number of places and objects.
  • Image Recognition: Image recognition technologies strive to identify objects, people, buildings, places logos, and anything else that has value to consumers and enterprises. Smartphones and tablets equipped with cameras have pushed this technology from mainly industrial applications to broad consumer and enterprise applications.
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) payment: NFC allows users to make payments by waving their mobile phone in front of a compatible reader. Once NFC is embedded in a critical mass of phones for payment, industries such as public transportation, airlines, retail and healthcare can explore other areas in which NFC technology can improve efficiency and customer service.


App Stores and Marketplaces.

  • Application stores by Apple and Android provide marketplaces where hundreds of thousands of applications are available to mobile users. Gartner forecasts that by 2014, there will be more than 70 billion mobile application downloads from app stores every year. This will grow from a consumer-only phenomena to an enterprise focus. With enterprise app stores, the role of IT shifts from that of a centralized planner to a market manager providing governance and brokerage services to users and potentially an ecosystem to support entrepreneurs. Enterprises should use a managed diversity approach to focus on app store efforts and segment apps by risk and value.


Next-Generation Analytics. Analytics is growing along three key dimensions:


  • From traditional offline analytics to in-line embedded analytics. This has been the focus for many efforts in the past and will continue to be an important focus for analytics.
  • From analyzing historical data to explain what happened to analyzing historical and real-time data from multiple systems to simulate and predict the future.
  • Over the next three years, analytics will mature along a third dimension, from structured and simple data analyzed by individuals to analysis of complex information of many types (text, video, etc…) from many systems supporting a collaborative decision process that brings multiple people together to analyze, brainstorm and make decisions.
  • Analytics is also beginning to shift to the cloud and exploit cloud resources for high performance and grid computing.
  • In 2011 and 2012, analytics will increasingly focus on decisions and collaboration. The new step is to provide simulation, prediction, optimization and other analytics, not simply information, to empower even more decision flexibility at the time and place of every business process action.


Big Data.

  • The size, complexity of formats and speed of delivery exceeds the capabilities of traditional data management technologies; it requires the use of new or exotic technologies simply to manage the volume alone. Many new technologies are emerging, with the potential to be disruptive (e.g., in-memory DBMS). Analytics has become a major driving application for data warehousing, with the use of MapReduce outside and inside the DBMS, and the use of self-service data marts. One major implication of big data is that in the future users will not be able to put all useful information into a single data warehouse. Logical data warehouses bringing together information from multiple sources as needed will replace the single data warehouse model.


In-Memory Computing.

  • Gartner sees huge use of flash memory in consumer devices, entertainment equipment and other embedded IT systems. In addition, it offers a new layer of the memory hierarchy in servers that has key advantages — space, heat, performance and ruggedness among them. Besides delivering a new storage tier, the availability of large amounts of memory is driving new application models. In-memory applications platforms include in-memory analytics, event processing platforms, in-memory application servers, in-memory data management and in-memory messaging.


  • Running existing applications in-memory or refactoring these applications to exploit in-memory approaches can result in improved transactional application performance and scalability, lower latency (less than one microsecond) application messaging, dramatically faster batch execution and faster response time in analytical applications. As cost and availability of memory intensive hardware platforms reach tipping points in 2012 and 2013, the in-memory approach will enter the mainstream.


Extreme Low-Energy Servers.

  • The adoption of low-energy servers — the radical new systems being proposed, announced and marketed by mostly new entrants to the server business —will take the buyer on a trip backward in time. These systems are built on low-power processors typically used in mobile devices. The potential advantage is delivering 30 times or more processors in a particular server unit with lower power consumption vs. current server approaches. The new approach is well suited for certain non-compute intensive tasks such as map/reduce workloads or delivery of static objects to a website. However, most applications will require more processing power, and the low-energy server model potentially increases management costs, undercutting broader use of the approach.


Cloud Computing.

  • Cloud is a disruptive force and has the potential for broad long-term impact in most industries. While the market remains in its early stages in 2011 and 2012, it will see the full range of large enterprise providers fully engaged in delivering a range of offerings to build cloud environments and deliver cloud services. Oracle, IBM and SAP all have major initiatives to deliver a broader range of cloud services over the next two years. As Microsoft continues to expand its cloud offering, and these traditional enterprise players expand offerings, users will see competition heat up and enterprise-level cloud services increase.


  • Enterprises are moving from trying to understand the cloud to making decisions on selected workloads to implement on cloud services and where they need to build out private clouds. Hybrid cloud computing which brings together external public cloud services and internal private cloud services, as well as the capabilities to secure, manage and govern the entire cloud spectrum will be a major focus for 2012. From a security perspective new certification programs including FedRAMP and CAMM will be ready for initial trial, setting the stage for more secure cloud computing. On the private cloud front, IT will be challenged to bring operations and development groups closer together using “DevOps” concepts in order to approach the speed and efficiencies of public cloud service providers.

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