Will mobile computing eventually replace desktop computing?

by Sharon Lobo    Aug 13, 2013

Mobile replaces computer

Since the emergence of the iPhone and the plethora of handheld devices that followed, PC sales have taken a beating. World over, PC makers continue to see a slump in the sales of their wares, as a result most have moved or are contemplating to enter  the mobile computing space.

Today, players such as Samsung and Apple, who currently dominate the mobile space are zealously guarding their turf. Even biggies such as Microsoft, Nokia and Intel have hardly been able to make a dent to either Apple and Samsung’s mobile market share. It is evident that these trends will just make mobile as a mainstream computing device and a desktop as an insignificant add on. But what about enterprises, which have until now viewed desktops and laptops as irreplaceable?

In today’s challenging business environment, companies are looking ways to cut costs and the IT budget is not immune to it. Apart from the price advantage, there is a whole lot of benefits the mobile computing environment offer, which includes no hassle with OS licensing, easy availability of free software, multi-functional usage etc. It is not surprising that a whole lot of companies are eventually moving to the mobile computing environment.

Last year, IndiaFirst Life Insurance, distributed hundreds of tablets and mobile printers to their sales force, which enabled them to quickly showcase their products to potential customers, enrol them, complete the sale and provide the premium receipt on the spot.

Being late entrants in insurance we could have burned capital or used intelligent innovation and so we chose the latter. We understand the customer’s needs and the current gaps in the service delivery. So we concluded that we needed an end-to-end solution, which completes every aspect of the business operation.
-Dr. P. Nandagopal, MD & CEO, IndiaFirst Life

Even the Bring Your Own Device or BYOD concept could also encourage organizations to adopt mobile computing in a big way. The whole idea behind implementing BYOD is to provide employees the comfort they share while interacting with their mobile devices in to the corporate environment, which eventually would lead to better productivity. Currently, most organizations are suffering from teething problems when it comes to BYOD such as security, selection of the mobile platform and information management. However, this will eventually be addressed as mobile management technologies evolve.

Cloud too can play a critical role in mass adoption of mobile computing. It is no doubt that mobile devices continue to get better and powerful, however these devices can be also used as an interface to interact with the cloud, which undoubtedly offers better storage and computing.

All the above trends do surely point that mobile computing will eventually replace desktop computing and it is only a matter of time when articles such as these would be solely written and read on tablets!