According to this November 6, 2012 press release by Gartner (Gartner, Inc. – NYSE: IT - the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company)  ”In 2016, two-thirds of the mobile workforce will own a smartphone, and 40 percent of the workforce will be mobile…Tablets will be the key accelerator to mobility. Gartner estimates that in 2012 purchases of tablets by businesses will reach 13 million units and will more than triple by 2016, to reach 53 million units.”

It’s pretty clear that the trend to be able to access one’s important documents from almost anywhere and on almost any device is driving businesses to increasingly incorporate smart phones and tablet computers into their IT strategy. In doing so, knowing the risks and rewards without compromising security will be a vital consideration.

So, are the traditional desktop and laptop computer on their way to extinction? Probably not, at least not anytime within the foreseeable future. But the trend is quite clear. Businesses will need to keep up with this rapidly changing technology or face compromising their competitiveness.

For as Bob Dylan sang back in the ’60s (I kinda remember the 60s!)
“you better start swimmin,’ Or you’ll sink like a stone,
For  the times they are a-changin”