Nearly 95% of Americans own a cellphone of some kind. According to Pew Research, the percentage of Americans that now own a smart phone is 77%, up from 35% in just the last few years. This trend suggests that the way that business users will be using the Internet will change as more content and more cloud services are designed to be used on mobile devices.
We see advantages and disadvantages in this trend. For older folks, it will mean adapting from desktop devices to mobile devices with smaller screens and a limited keyboard. For younger folks it means nimbler and more agile jobs with access to resources virtually anywhere. This could also change how we conduct work and where we conduct work from. Will the trend of users bringing their own devices to work continue? Will we even come into an office when we can collaborate from virtually anywhere? Will advances in voice recognition and Artificial Intelligence negate the need for a keyboard and mouse?
There are no definitive answers at the moment, but as technology progresses, it is smart to continually evaluate where costs can be saved and monitor trends in technology so that we don’t get left behind.