Mobile Workforce Report: Rise of the Mobilocracy

The iPass Mobile Workforce Report issued yesterday covered five trends from 2010 and five predictions for 2011. They all seem valid to me, based on my experiences and discussions.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer

Much of the excitement we see in the technology world is related to mobile products, services and applications. iPass just released their latest Mobile Workforce Report that covers the year 2010 in review and includes five predictions for 2010. They stated that the "era of the corporate mobilocracy has begun" and based on site traffic, questions, and personal experiences I would fully agree.

I encourage you to read the full report for all the details, but in summary here are their top five mobile workforce trends from 2010:

  1. There is a data security, cost, and employee productivity imbalance.
  2. We are moving toward an increasingly hyper-connected workforce.
  3. The post-PC era is here.
  4. The technical chasm is multi-generational and global.
  5. Multi-mobile rules the day.

I work for a small engineering consulting company and have seen many of these in my daily life. People are bringing their own devices to work and the IT department is having to play catch up to make sure that corporate security is not compromised.

As a writer here on ZDNet covering the mobile world, I was encouraged to see I am not as odd as I thought I was carrying a couple of mobile devices every day.

iPass also posted their top five predictions for 2011 and beyond and these include:

  1. Mobilocracy will rise.
  2. Companies will adopt a "bring your own mobile device" policy.
  3. Security will get a makeover.
  4. The trivialization of place will increase.
  5. There will be a redefinition of social boundaries.

I have a tough time with applying the last prediction, but I am making a conscious effort to limit my connected times so I don't let my enjoyment of information on mobile rule my world.

What do you think about these trends and predictions?

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