As smartphones become more sophisticated and wireless connections become faster, mobile cloud computing services are beginning to penetrate the enterprise at a fantastic clip. ABI Research estimates enterprise cloud services will become in 2015 a $5.2 billion market globally for mobile operators and IT services companies.
“The immediate opportunity lies in leveraging cloud platforms to develop mobile applications, particularly mobile applications that leverage enterprise data,” ABI practice director Dan Shey said in a statement. ”Directly and indirectly, Microsoft and Google are major players both influencing and enabling these developments. Mobile operators have the most to gain through offers of cloud services to the enterprise leveraging their networks, application enablement, and data centers.”
Smartphones and connected laptops are main the drivers of mobile cloud computing services today, but Shey said that new devices–many of which are targeted for 4G networks–such as mobile Internet devices (MIDs), netbooks and smartbooks will further expand the use of cloud services.