The relentless march of smartphone and tablet technology will see the end of desktop computers in businesses within the next two years.
For the large majority of businesses, especially large enterprises, the processing power of modern smartphones and tablets now, or soon will, eclipse that of all but the most modern workplace computers.
News from Mobile World Congress has only confirmed what we’ve been noticing in the market for some time.
Soon, smartphones will be as powerful as many computers are with quad-core processors capable of speeds in excess of 3GHz, as demonstrated by Sony Ericsson.
Thanks to innovations shown by LG they will be able to stream to ultra-HD 4K monitors – making the connection to a desktop monitor a simple walk in the park. Many can already be connected to larger screens using cables or streaming technologies.
By connecting to larger screens and using the cloud for more process heavy applications, mobiles and tablets in business are easily able to replace the function of many desktop environments.
All of the PC players from HP, Lenovo, Dell, Sony, Panasonic and Asus have made the leap into the world of tablets. Many of their offerings are aimed squarely at the enterprise market, designed to combine the best of tablet portability with laptop functionality.
Bluetooth enabled keyboards can easily connect to most smartphones and tablets making text input just as simple as online. For devices capable of connecting to a larger screen, the phone or tablet can be used as an additional input device.
Samsung has helped to show that productivity is possible with ease on its Tab and Note devices – to the extent that the company has also brought it to the SIII.
There are barely any Fortune 250 companies that haven’t deployed, tested or included support for iPads or iPhones. Apps can easily help to transform the devices into work orientated productivity drivers.
Adoption will be slow, especially in large organisations but it will happen. There will always be a case for certain types of job roles to require fully fledged computers but for the vast majority of roles, it will be mobile that takes over.
Let’s not forget that 40 years ago, a computer took up an entire room. Within the last 10 years, computers capable to processing an impressive array of tasks have shrunk to the extent that they are being built into wearable technology such as Google Goggles. The age of the PC is well and truly over in the consumer space. In enterprise, the end is coming.
Mark Mason, CEO