According to a new report released by Gartner, the personal cloud will replace the PC by 2014. It’s going to get cloudy, but in a good way: the personal cloud will become the center of users’ digital lives as soon as two years from now. It means more flexibility for our devices – we can choose which is the best to use in any scenario, while keeping everything we need accessible.
So between our laptops, smartphones and tablets, we’re never left wondering where that document was saved.
That includes a crossover between personal and business material, in the office and at home.
“Many call this era the post-PC era, but it isn’t really about being ‘after’ the PC, but rather about a new style of personal computing that frees individuals to use computing in fundamentally new ways to improve multiple aspects of their work and personal lives,” said Steve Kleynhans, Gartner’s research VP.
The report also discusses several ‘megatrends’ which are the driving forces behind the dawning of a cloudy era:
- Megatrend No. 1: Consumerization — You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
- Megatrend No. 2: Virtualization — Changing How the Game Is Played
- Megatrend No. 3: “App-ification” — From Applications to Apps
- Megatrend No. 4: The Ever-Available Self-Service Cloud
- Megatrend No. 5: The Mobility Shift — Wherever and Whenever You Want
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