Over the past few years, it has become clear that smartphones will soon be the standard while feature phones gradually fall by the wayside.
As further evidence of this, sales of smartphones have recently reached a milestone. IDC's most recent market report revealed that, for the first time ever, more smartphones than feature phones were shipped in the past quarter. Specifically, worldwide shipments of smartphones totaled 216.2 million units in the first quarter of 2013. This figure comprises 51.6 percent of the total phone shipments in that time.
"Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away," noted Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
Obviously, this trend is having a major impact on how people interact with each other and acquire information. However, just as significantly, growing adoption of smartphones is greatly affecting the business world. Regardless of whether a firm adopts a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy or not, smartphones are being utilized by employees for work-related purposes.
This, on the whole, is a good thing. After all, smartphones enable employees to perform their work more efficiently, as they can be productive at any time and even outside the office.
However, this also means that companies of all kinds must become more proactive when it comes to protecting corporate data accessed by and stored on mobile devices. Failure to do so greatly increases the risk of a data breach, as well as information loss.
That is why firms should consider investing in high-grade secure file sharing solutions. With these tools, companies can ensure that their data remains safe even as employees increasingly rely on their smartphones and other devices to send, receive and access corporate information.