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The Falling Costs of Mobile Computing
The increase in the use of mobile computing, centered around laptop computers, presents special challenges to IT managers. This Research Byte, which is an executive summary of our full report, Falling Costs of Mobile Computing Drive Corporate Adoption, which forecasts the deployment and cost differential of laptop computers relative to desktops. It also includes recommendations for IT managers to manage the challenges of mobile computing, the greatest of which is security of data carried on mobile devices.
Falling Costs of Mobile Computing Drive Corporate Adoption
Replacement of desktop computers with laptops is increasing in many companies, driven primarily by the falling cost of laptops relative to desktop computers. In view of the inevitable shift to mobile computing, IT executives must address critical issues in managing this technology, the foremost of which is security of data that is untethered from the corporate network. This report tracks percentage of laptops to total PCs installed in corporate environments since 1999 and forecasts this metric through 2007. We also calculate the cost differential between laptops and desktops since 2002 and forecast this metric through 2008. (5 pp., 2 figs.)[Executive Summary]