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By all accounts, the move to mobile is happening faster than anyone expected -- and faster than many companies are prepared for. Here's a snapshot of the momentum in the mobile market.

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Resources:Worldwide Smart Connected Device Shipments, 2010-2016,” IDC “Forecast: Mobile Advertising, Worldwide, 2008-2015,” Gartner Rutberg & Co. IDG Mobile Survey 2012, a global survey of more than 21,000 respondents, August 2012. Daiana Bassi, research2guidance

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