Canalys: Wearables will 'will rock the IT industry'

Canalys: Wearables will 'will rock the IT industry'

Summary: Get ready for a new tech buzzword to add to the lexicon: "appcessories."


Wearables shouldn't just be brushed off as new (albeit) pricey toys. Based on a new report from Canalys, the burgeoning wearable technology market is going to make a big splash in the enterprise world soon too.

The market research firm published a forecast on Thursday that the consumerization of IT is about to "rock the IT industry."

Nothing terribly shocking about that assessment, but analysts did introduce a new term into the lexicon for this space: "appcessories."

Defined as "smaller app-enabled devices," Canalys researchers clarified this includes wearables, predicting that connected wristbands, eyewear, and sensors embedded within clothing will give birth to "a new era" in which location, movements and even visual focal points are tracked.

To some people, that picture is a rather scary one. But for others who want their technology to work for them by making the owners more productive, it could be a dream come true.

As far as the business of wearables is concerned, Canalys senior analyst Tim Shepherd pointed toward this new form of mobility could be used both sides of the customer wall.

By focusing on user experience, app developers have revolutionized how new functionality is brought to market and how behavior and activity are measured. Enterprise customers have started to exploit this capability across several disciplines, including product design, marketing, customer services and operations, and buying points are changing as a result.

But wearables could also have the potential to completely change how some companies advertise themselves.

Canalys president and CEO Steve Brazier remarked that, "the trend is for every enterprise to become a software company," hinting that is likely because "decades-old business processes and practices are being challenged by customers and employees using apps to engage with each other."

"We are familiar with the role software has played in automating operations and improving efficiency, but we now see software being part of product design, and software as the medium for marketing and customer service delivery," said Brazier.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, IT Priorities, Enterprise 2.0, IT Policies

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  • Canalys: Wearables will 'will rock the IT industry'

    This will only work if the technology is useful and doesn't make you look like a complete dork. That is where Google Glass has failed. A better HUD system is needed for eyewear.
    • Bingo

      Ram U
    • There are persons...

      that don't look like those wearing silly glasses, but they are what those wearing those glasses look like.
  • i beleive that will not happen soon

    Smart watch screen too small, Smart glass is awkward to keep wearing, what else, sensor in cloth? for what when it is already in our phone
  • There isn't a snowball's chance in he11...

    ...that I will EVER use any "wearable" computing device...ever.

    And..."Based on a new report from Canalys, the burgeoning wearable technology market is going to make a big splash in the enterprise world soon too."

    Not in my shop they won't.
  • I never "wear" technology, except for my hearing aids.

    Q.) And how much will all this glorified crap cost?

    A.) Far more than any rational person would pay.
  • Just Maybe

    My idea of the perfect cell phone would be a device that fits almost entirely in you ear, you either call or answer with a touch or voice command, no camera, keyboard or screen just a phone. A watch that looks good, monitors body and health concerns, is waterproof to 300 feet has an app that links to body monitoring for blood nitrogen content when diving or checks for dehydration when hiking, running or biking might be ok. Long lasting contact type lens that have heads up info collected from the phone and watch if they came in a choice of colors or had programmable color also maybe. The thing is they would not change the way someone looked wearing a sports watch today. If you want internet access then you could carry a small tablet which you could use to read or program your devices.
  • This is Canalys coming up with the predcition

    so not much chance of it coming true.
  • At least 1 person has their head screwed on straight!

    Just maybe is thinking outside the box as any good technician should. It makes me wonder who is doing all the responding here, people with nothing better to do or those who actually use this site for what it was made for. I am thinking it is time to jump into the sensor business and create sensors that would replace passwords, timeclocks, and that is just without thinking at all. They can be assigned to users and kiss goodbye trying to remember passwords, clocking in / out users for breaks, lunch, eyc. There are a million ($) reasons this is not only theoretical but practical and profitable.
  • Wearable works!

    Often the skeptic, let me offer an alternative POV, since so far everyone commenting doubts wearable devices will fly.

    At a conference last week met two business owners (small-mid sized, 30+ employees) who both wear the Pebble and LOVE it. One is a real Apple fan, early-adopter, but the other just wants a tool that helps get work done. Both claim it makes their smartphone twice as useful; both claim they'd never give it up.

    It's a tool, not a toy.

    And if people could get past some irrational paranoia, Google Glass has that kind of potential. I'm sure it will, even if it has to wait until its such a tiny add-on to a regular pair of glasses that no one notices it.
  • Lost

    I'm all for tech'y clothes...that is where this conversation is going, right? My problem is I put 2 socks in the dryer and only one comes out. I want GPS chips for my socks. :-)
    • Lost2

      "I want GPS chips for my socks."
      I hear ya. I wear toe shoes a lot, which means I wear toe socks. Worse than a missing sock is having two matching socks but they're both for the left foot. ;-)
  • Wearables market will remain small

    The number of wearables sold globally tripled between 2011 and 2012 and will quadruple by 2017. Nevertheless, wearable market will remain small comparing to other device markets. This might be the reason why Apple still didn’t introduce any wearable device. Check stats.
  • Forever Forward

    I find it interesting that, as soon as one mentions wearable technology (watches, glasses, etc.) amoung a group of supposedly admitted forward-thinking individuals, how many suddenly turn into luddites. And, even worse, they attempt to insult anyone that embraces the new technology. "Tablets are toys!" "Smart Watches are toys!" "Google Glass is a toy!" "I wouldn't be caught dead with any of those!" "They were dragged, screaming and kicking, into the twenty-first century!"