Outlook 2012: Mobility & Platform War Begins

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Bolaji Ojo
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PCs and mobility
Bolaji Ojo   12/1/2011 9:57:53 PM

Are tablets really that vastly different than PCs to the point that they have become a class in themselves? Aren't tablets, in reality, simply scaled down PCs or must a device have a keyboard to be called a device? After pondering these questions, I could only come to the conclusion that tablets are in reality highly portable computers.

Dave Sasson
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Re: Outlook
Dave Sasson   12/1/2011 7:20:49 PM

When you combine mobile devices with embedded smart devices, the numbers become astronomical.  Emerging fields, such as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology is expected explode in the coming years. In fact, in a recent research report by Analysis Mason, the global market for M2M device connections will grow to 2.1 billion in 2020.

These types of applications can be complex and will require a tailor-made solution approach in specialized vertical markets.

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Innovation in pipeline
_hm   12/1/2011 6:31:51 PM

Major contributor will be innovation in pipeline. It may be Apple, Google, ARM or other upcoming organization. It is too early to predict specific technology.

Barbara Jorgensen
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Barbara Jorgensen   12/1/2011 4:49:53 PM

These all look pretty consistent with what we have been seeing from the IT world in the past year or so. The last one--the vertical platforms--is the one I least understand, though. Does this indicate the so-called horizontal markets are saturated, and everything is becoming specialized?

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