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Desk phones and PCs ‘could be extinct by 2017’ | 6 September 2012

Most chief information officers believe that traditional office landlines and PCs will disappear within the next five years, bcs.org reports.

That’s according to a survey by Virgin Media Business which found that new technologies are fast becoming the preferred option in the workplace; smartphones in particular. It is thought that 70 per cent of the UK will own such a mobile device by 2017, using it on both personal and professional grounds.

65 per cent of respondents said that they thought desk phones would be obsolete by 2017, replaced by smartphones and 62 per cent said that smaller, faster, more convenient laptops would see the demise of the desktop PC.

It would appear that tablets have yet to convince CIOs, however, with 24 per cent predicting they will ‘fall out of fashion’.

The news means that it is essential British businesses start to put the appropriate infrastructure in place to accommodate new technology and allow future expansion, or risk being left behind.

Commenting on the survey, Virgin Media Business’s chief operating officer, Tony Grace told cbronline.com: “The pace of change with technology is having a transformative effect on the way we work. A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable to suggest an office without telephones. Now it’s hard to imagine being separated from our smartphones.

“Almost everywhere we go, we’re able to check-in at the office, social networking sites, or simply contact friends and family. Because of this, businesses have recognised the importance of the mini computers that smartphones have essentially become.”

Written by Elizabeth Smythe on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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