Mobile Computing: Centralizing De-centralized Computing?
The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning
of corporate IT?
The tremendous upswing in mobile computing via tablets and
smart phones was clearly one of the big stories in 2011 and will continue to be
a significant factor in 2012 and beyond. But it presents a bit of a quandary:
is it the ultimate (or at least penultimate) expression of the trend to
de-centralize computing that began with the advent of the personal computer or
is it the beginning of re-centralizing computing?
Today's smart phones probably have, and laptops and tablets
certainly have, more computing power than was available to astronauts on the
Apollo moon missions of some 40 years ago. And while that awesome computational
power is often used to play Angry Birds or watch streaming videos of kittens
playing the piano, some of it is actually being used by businesses and
consumers for serious commercial applications.
Publication date: December 2011