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Why Mobility is the greatest thing since sliced bread

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4 reasons why mobility is changing business, human behaviour, and the world around us…

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh | End User Computing, Solutions and Consulting

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that leading analysts Gartner and Forrester have been preaching the importance of mobility for several years already.

If you had hoped you could avoid developing a mobility strategy and all this talk about mobility would eventually just fade away like other trends, such as 3D-television, Myspace, or Lady Gaga, I have some bad news for you. Because…

1 Mobility is disrupting businesses…

Mobile devices and ubiquitous access to information have ushered in a new age of entrepreneurism, already forecast as the Mobile Revolution. Through mobile and cloud-computing technologies, new startups such as Airbnb and Uber have become multi-billion-dollar companies in less than a decade. This digital disruption has made century-old businesses with traditional business models, such as hotel chains and taxi firms, shiver with fear.

2 Mobility is changing our behaviour…

Video games have long been made responsible for children spending too much time indoors and cited as one of the main reasons for increasing childhood obesity. However, when a new mobile game called Pokémon Go launched in July 2016, it was downloaded some 500 million times in just two months, during which period gamers have collectively walked over 4.6 billion kilometres in search of rare Pokémon – a distance roughly 15 times to the sun and back!

3 Mobility is improving healthcare…

When the Ebola virus broke out in 2014 in western Africa, mobile devices were used to collect and share vital information in rural areas with low literacy and a multitude of indigenous languages. This was achieved through intuitive user interface designs – allowing first-aid respondents to become invaluable agents in fighting this deadly disease with minimal training time and cost. Wearable devices, such as smart watches and the Internet of Things will even further improve healthcare in the future.

4 Mobility is even shaping history…

Smartphones and social media apps are considered key instruments used during political protests, such as the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong in 2014, where protesters used an app called FireChat that allowed instant messaging via Bluetooth, after the government had locked down mobile Internet and public Wi-Fi. During the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016, President Erdogan used Facetime on an iPhone to broadcast a live interview after rebel groups had taken control of mainstream media, as well as radio and TV stations.

Mobility isn’t just a passing craze – it’s real, it’s here to stay, and it will change more aspects of our lives than we can even fathom.

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