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June 17, 2011

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Pushing Business Intelligence to the Edge

By Larry Walsh

If you’re reading this blog on a smartphone, iPad or other mobile device, you’re in the vanguard of information consumption and computation. It’s a trend otherwise known as “mobility.”

According to analyst firm Gartner, mobile devices will be the primary Internet point by 2015. That means people – consumers and business users alike – will reach for their iPads, Android phones and enterprise mobile computers before heading for a PC – laptop or desktop.

This trend has much deeper meaning for enterprises. It’s enabling businesses to push their data and applications to wherever their workers are. Deliverymen, telephone technicians, utility crews, truckers and salespeople are now able to access data from the road. And that’s a boon since mobility will increase speed of execution and reduce countless hours in wasted productivity.

Pushing data and applications to the mobile edge isn’t as easy as it may seem. Enterprise applications don’t always translate well to Web browsers and online environments. Data files are sometimes too large for mobile connections and low-power devices. And the user-interface of mobile devices aren’t always conducive to complex enterprise applications.

As the mobility trend gains popularity among end users, enterprises will need to incorporate mobility into their infrastructure and application strategies.  Application and business planners will need to rethink the applications they use, the data and information that needs processing from the field, and the resources workers absolutely need when remote.

Eliminating barriers to business intelligence and mobility is the topic of the next TechTalk Webinar on June 21 at 12 p.m. ET. This webinar will aid IT decision-makers in the process of selecting mobility solutions and integrating business intelligence. Enterprises looking to capitalize on the mobility trend should attend this webinar.

Click here to register today!

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