Will the tablet PC replace the notebook computer as we know it? Not in 2011, but the damage is being done to the laptop world faster than you may think. Netbook sales have been the hardest hit, and the damage isn't finished. Your employees are probably already clamoring for iPads and the like, and why not? It makes sense for a warehouse worker to tap updates on a screen rather than having to scribble numbers on paper and transcribe them later on a PC--or, even worse, trying to balance a laptop on his or her forearm and input the numbers one-handed. And in consumer electronics, no one istalking any longer about last year's buzz category, 3D television. Instead, they're all trying to figure out how to get into the tablet world.
4. Make Mobile Security a Big Deal
The app rush is far from over, and the growth of both smartphone and tablet PC platforms is about to create a bonanza for malware creators looking to cash in via the back door. Mobile exploits already exist, but so far they've largely been theoretical, limited in scope, or crudely crafted. That's about to change--as the Chinese learned last month--and whether you are deploying phones and tablets to your employees or developing an app of your own, it's time to get serious about securing those platforms. Yes, even if you're an all-Apple shop.
5. Leave No Stone Unturned When It Comes to Security
Attacks targeting workstations continue to grow in sophistication, to the point where "sandboxing"--relegating questionable applications to a walled-off portion of the OS--will become commonplace. And if the crooks can't find their way into your company, they'll simply go after the customers directly: Credit and debit card fraud is becoming rampant, some say because outsourced, offshore businesses with lax (or no) security measures now process the bulk of card payments. You can't wait for an attack to hit you anymore. Now you have to be proactive about fighting it.