Gartner is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. They deliver technology research to global technology business leaders so they can make informed decisions on key initiatives. I’ve recently been reading their prediction pages and thought I would share one of their predictions.
Gartner predicts that by 2014, over 3 billion of the world's
adult population will be able to transact electronically via mobile
or internet technology. Emerging economies will see rapidly rising
mobile and internet adoption through 2014. At the same time,
advances in mobile payment, commerce and banking are making it
easier to electronically transact via mobile or PC internet.
Combining these two trends creates a situation in which a
significant majority of the world's adult population will be able
to electronically transact by 2014.
I've seen more and more people adopting the iPhone or similar
web enabled devices as their need to be mobile increases and it
doesn't surprise me that we are fast moving towards an electronic
age where we no longer need to carry any cash. I see this move
increasing a business's profitability, marketability and
productivity. Never before has it been so easy to transact with
people outside of your postcode. With predictions like these,
businesses need to ensure they are positioned with the right
internal infrastructure and technology so that they have the
ability to move in this space and not be left behind their