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What’s in Your Smartphone?

Typical smartphone owners have an average of 41 apps per device

Typical smartphone owners have an average of 41 apps per device, 9 more than they had last year according to the recent Nielsen report, State of the Appnation – A Year of Change and Growth in U.S. Smartphones.  Also last year, less than 40% of mobile subscribers in the U.S. had smartphones and this year, it’s at 50% and growing.  Android and iOS users fuel the smartphone app drive with 88% downloading an app within the last month.  They also found that as people download more apps, they are also spending more time with them (10% more), rather than using their mobile Web browsers for such activities.  The Top Five Apps are Facebook, YouTube, Android Market, Google Search, and Gmail, no change from last year.

More and more of our info is being saved on and collected by these smartphones and privacy is a big worry.  Last year 70% and this year 73% expressed concern over personal data collection and 55% were cautious about sharing location info via smartphone apps.  These concerns will only grow as more organizations adopt BYOD policies.  While users are concerned for their security, according to Gartner, IT shops won’t be able to provide the security necessary to protect company data.  With so many entry points, data leakage outside the enterprise is a real risk.

Gartner advises that IT shops managing mobile devices consider some mix of tiered support: Platform, Appliance and Concierge.  With platform support, IT offers full PC-like support for a device and the device is chosen by IT, and will be used typically in vertical applications.  With appliance-level support, IT supports a narrow set of applications on a mobile device, including server-based and Web-based application support on a wider set of pre-approved devices.  Local applications are not supported.  With concierge-level support, IT provides hands-on support, mainly to knowledge workers, for non-supported devices or non-supported apps on a supported device.  The costs for support, which can be huge, are charged back to the users under this approach.

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Peter is an F5 evangelist for security, IoT, mobile and core. His background in theatre brings the slightly theatrical and fairly technical together to cover training, writing, speaking, along with overall product evangelism for F5. He's also produced over 350 videos and recorded over 50 audio whitepapers. After working in Professional Theatre for 10 years, Peter decided to change careers. Starting out with a small VAR selling Netopia routers and the Instant Internet box, he soon became one of the first six Internet Specialists for AT&T managing customers on the original ATT WorldNet network.

Now having his Telco background he moved to Verio to focus on access, IP security along with web hosting. After losing a deal to Exodus Communications (now Savvis) for technical reasons, the customer still wanted Peter as their local SE contact so Exodus made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. As only the third person hired in the Midwest, he helped Exodus grow from an executive suite to two enormous datacenters in the Chicago land area working with such customers as Ticketmaster, Rolling Stone, uBid, Orbitz, Best Buy and others.

Writer, speaker and Video Host, he's also been in such plays as The Glass Menagerie, All’s Well That Ends Well, Cinderella and others.