Giant TVs, self-driving cars and futuristic gadgets dominated the CES 2013 headlines, but some important enterprise technology news also came out of the show.
These announcements from wireless carriers, mobile device manufacturers and chipmakers will affect how mobile workers do their jobs and, potentially, how organizations pay for them. Let's take a look at the mobile enterprise technology news from this week's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, brought to you by our colleagues at Brighthand.com and TabletPCReview.com:
Shared data: Coming to a mobile enterprise near you
Cost is one of the great unknowns in mobile enterprise technology. Many organizations have no idea how many voice minutes or how much mobile data their employees are using on their smartphones and tablets -- or how to pay for it. CES 2013 news from Verizon Wireless aims to address that issue. The carrier announced shared voice and data plans for small and large businesses, so they don't have to keep track of each employee's individual usage.
Verizon said these shared data plans are a first for businesses, but most carriers do offer discounted, bulk data plans for corporate customers. In other carrier news, we learned that Sprint will carry Windows Phone 8 devices this summer, and T-Mobile will finally get the iPhone as well.
New processors make mobile enterprise technology more powerful
Most mobile workers today use their smartphones only for email and other basic tasks. As end users take on advanced tasks, however, they will come to expect more from their mobile enterprise technology -- especially when it comes to local processing power. If the CES 2013 news from hardware vendors is any indication, that won't be a problem.
Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa chip, for example, will be the first mobile chip to contain eight processor cores. And Nvidia Corp. said its new quad-core Tegra 4 processor will be the world's fastest, six times more powerful than the Tegra 3. Intel also discussed plans for new smartphones based on its Atom chipset, as did Lenovo.
CES 2013: More enterprise technology news
CES 2013 attendees like things they can physically see and touch, but cloud computing wasn't completely ignored at the show. We learned that a Windows 8 Dropbox app is now available. Windows 8 already has built-in SkyDrive integration, but this Dropbox app will offer end users another easy way to potentially store corporate data in the cloud.