As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
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Even before it hit store shelves in March, Apple's iPad dominated headlines and mindshare of consumers and IT professionals. And since its much ballyhooed arrival, the iPad apparently has lived up to its hype, selling more than 300,000 devices in its first day of availability. Apple in October expanded its distribution agreement to include Verizon and Walmart. Expanding retail outlets, the steadily increasing number of apps, corporate adoption of these devices, and a growing number of competitors is expected to impact PC sales, with tablets replacing about one-third of PCs in 2011, a December study by Goldman Sachs predicted. Apple's tablet also spawned a spin-off industry of accessories, such as cases, desks, and covers.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?