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Summary of Mobile Cloud Computing Report

What happens when you promise end-users a persistent connection to data?

What happens when you promise end-users a persistent connection to data, applications and services regardless of the device they’re using? Mobile cloud computing aims to deliver just such a promise. Mobile access to popular web-based services such as Facebook and Gmail, combined with next-generation smartphones like the iPhone, Palm Pre and Android devices, is driving broad adoption of mobile data. However, the center of economic gravity is shifting. Historically, access to the mobile network was the service. But as users have expanded the uses for those bits, what the user does in a given session becomes fundamental to how much the service provider can charge the user or a third party (e.g. an advertiser). Thus, it’s likely that the mobile, IT and MCC sectors will continue their current marriage of convenience to attack a rare convergence of both short-term and longer term opportunity. However, in the process of adapting to an Internet that’s becoming more global, mobile and web-based by the day, the mobile and IT industries will be forced into new ways of doing business.

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John du Pre Gauntt is the founder of Media Dojo, a blog focusing on the intersection of cloud computing and digital media/marketing. Previously, he was senior mobile analyst for eMarketer, where he covered mobile media and mobile marketing. He founded several research and communications firms focused on mobile technology, and worked on marketing research projects for LME Ericsson, NTT DoCoMo, Google and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gauntt was also a business editor for The Economist Group in London and a corporate trainer for Matsushita Electric Corporation in Osaka, Japan. He holds a MS in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and a BA degree in English and American literature from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.