By Eugenio Ferrante, General Manager, Cross Platform Solutions, Parallels Asia Pacific.
Smart devices, which are steadily getting ‘smarter’ every few months, will outnumber any other form of communication. Supporting a variety of form factors and operating systems, smart devices are the precursors to the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), which is still a vision – but will have a huge impact on the next phase of business transformation, providing substantial opportunities to develop and integrate device-to-cloud IoT solutions for customers.
As the IoT increasingly becomes a reality, more and more devices will come online but, before that, addressing full and seamless compatibility is key; for instance, having a tablet, smartphone and laptop speaking to one another. Companies like Parallels, already known for unifying environments previously considered incompatible – like Windows and Mac, or desktop and mobile apps – will continue to dovetail on this trend.
For 2015, we’ll expect more conversations around the emerging IoT, new initiatives, partnerships and collaborations to make the IoT vision closer to reality. We’ll see an increasing number of industry players taking steps in helping to shape the future of the workplace and what it will look like, considering common themes such as flexibility, device independence, remote working, interconnectedness, collaboration and accessibility – but at higher levels than what we already have today. For instance, 71 percent of businesses today are already using both Macs and PCs in their environment.
A critical component that makes all these possible, however, is the breaking down of walls between proprietary technologies – regardless of manufacturer, operating system, form factor or device function.
Smart, interconnected devices of the future will be largely judged not only by what they can do, but by how widely and how well they play and communicate with one another; i.e. how well and how effectively refrigerators will talk to home computers, that will talk to cars, that will talk to work laptops, that will talk to thermostats, and more down the list – all compatible with each other, all using a common language.
Just as the walls between devices are increasingly breaking down – such as the increasing interconnectedness between the Mac and Windows PC environments – so too are the divisions between work and home. Users require more simplicity, function and ease of use.
These can be achieved with a common interface: one single, overarching way to interact with available technologies that cuts across all facets life, from work to play, from watches to thermometers to fitness trackers to desktop computers – all while technology itself fades into the background. This will be a continuing work-in-progress in 2015.
This trend will especially have an impact upon cross-platform solutions providers in continuing to unify platforms and devices. An important component of success in providing solutions that enable cross-platform connectivity and compatibility is performance.
To continue to be relevant and competitive, they need to continually assess their capabilities in providing products that deliver a seamless and consistent experience – for everyone to access the apps on their mobile devices, regardless of whatever browser they are using, and extend these capabilities to emerging devices that are yet to find their way to the internet.
Device compatibility will likely drive new levels of conversations as the industry looks into realising the vision of the IoT while pushing the limits of the current BYOD trend and initiatives.
What else should you know?
Are you an IT professional searching for help in managing Apple devices in the enterprise?
If you want to learn more about controlling and managing the Macs in your networks, Parallels are holding a live broadcast session to get you ahead of the changing technology environment.
It will include practical comparison of solutions, a discussion on results from our recent Macs in IT market study, and demonstrations on the performance and usability of Parallels Mac Management. Additionally, you will hear how other IT pros tackled the growing challenge of managing Macs in Windows-heavy environments. If you really want answers to your Mac questions, don’t miss this session.
The session will be taking place at 1pm AEDST on 26th February. It will be available as a live stream and to download after the event.