Although it is quite easy to predict the demise of the traditional daily-driver PC in lieu of tablet and mobile devices, it’s a challenge to understand the implications of that from a business perspective.  Many companies have been making strategic moves towards BYOD throughout the past few years to keep up with this trend. Although it’s hard to re-invent a company strategy in relation to information control (particularly for large companies), the first step is acceptance of new trends.  If you find yourself doubting that our computing environments are about to dramatically change, maybe this data I came across recently from DisplaySearch will help get your company started on the right path to innovation in the mobile world.

According to DisplaySearch, tablet PC shipments are expected to reach more than 240 million units worldwide in 2013, easily exceeding the 207 million notebook PCs that are projected to ship. This suggests a declining interest in PC’s and an increasing demand for tablets. JP Morgan also conducted research that reaffirms the shift to tablets.

tablet growthPC's estimates

According to Survey Design & Analysis and Mersive Research conducted in Q4 of 2012, we found that while just over half of people (50.3 percent) bring a laptop with them to meetings, almost a third (29.4 percent) are bringing tablets to meetings.

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Based on these findings, the business IT industry will have to ensure that other parts of the IT infrastructure catch up to this trend. Many displays don’t easily connect to tablets. Current methods of connecting to a display include the use of an antiquated VGA cable or HDMI output. Other methods include uploading content to a USB drive and connecting the USB drive to the display server, or emailing yourself the media you plan to share and accessing your email using the display server. Sounds like a lot of work! Let me point out that with tablets, many of these options are typically not available, since iPads and many other tablets don’t have VGA/HDMI outputs or USB drives. With an increasing demand for tablets, and an ever-growing BYOD trend among us, IT departments will need to figure out ways to keep up.

Many companies are crafting strategies that recognize these facts at their core.  For example, Nvidia saw the importance of a graphics chip in the mobile space as well as the importance of streaming pixels to mobile devices from render “clouds.” Most folks are also predicting a major push towards mobile from Intel.

Clearly Mersive isn’t the size of these companies (an analogy about a grain of sand and the size of the solar system comes to mind), but I’d like to think we take our strategic thinking just as seriously.  Many of our partners and customers have seen Solstice — Mersive’s answer to how we think people will want to collaborate, work, and even play in this new mobile-centric world.  Using Solstice, any device will be able to connect to displays wirelessly, whether it’s a PC, a tablet or a mobile device running the Solstice app. No need for a HDMI, VGA or USB, which are clearly models of data transport that we need to abandon in favor of mobility.  With an increased market demand for tablets over PCs, and an increasing number of people bringing tablets to meetings, I’m convinced that Solstice will play a key role in connecting to displays and democratizing collaboration in meetings.

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About Christopher Jaynes

Jaynes received his doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he worked on camera calibration and aerial image interpretation technologies now in use by the federal government. Jaynes received his BS degree with honors from the School of Computer Science at the University of Utah. In 2004, he founded Mersive and today serves as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Mersive, Jaynes founded the Metaverse Lab at the University of Kentucky, recognized as one of the leading laboratories for computer vision and interactive media and dedicated to research related to video surveillance, human-computer interaction, and display technologies.

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