We asked ChatGPT3.5 to give us a historic timeline of Enterprise Mobility, highlighting key developments in hardware, software, and effective frameworks as we have adapted to the age of technology and wireless 24/7 access. This started back in 1973 with the first 'mobile' telephone, all the way through to modern smartphones and tablets that we all use on a daily basis today, and even recent developments in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, resulting in products like ChatGPT, which helped write this article!
1973 - The first mobile phone call is made by Martin Cooper, a researcher at Motorola, designed to function on the Advance Mobile Phone System (AMPS), developed by US company Bell Labs.
1983 - The first commercially available mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, is released. Nicknamed ‘The Brick’, this device weighed over 1kg.
1996 – After various iterations and developments by many companies, Palm releases the first personal digital assistant (PDA), the Palm Pilot, which becomes a popular tool for mobile productivity. It could record and store contacts, notes, to-dos and events, also including a cradle to synchronize with your desktop computer.
1999 - BlackBerry releases its first mobile device, which is designed specifically for email and messaging. This kickstarted a storm of enterprise mobile usage, boosting activity and productivity on the mobile networks. Blackberry’s were also famously known for coming with the pre-installed minigame ‘Brickbreaker’.
2000 - The first smartphones are introduced, including the Ericsson R380 and the Nokia 9210 Communicator.
2002 - Microsoft introduces its first mobile operating system, Windows Mobile, bringing a lot of the common functionality of a larger personal computer into a pocket-sized machine you could carry with you anywhere.
2007 - Apple launches the first iPhone, which revolutionizes the smartphone industry and sets the stage for the modern mobile era. Apple would spend the next 10+ years leading the frontier of product design language and capability.
2010 - The iPad is released, ushering in a new era of tablet computing. Devices were now getting bigger again instead of smaller, but packed with revolutionary technology that could enhance both your working and your personal life in ways previously unimagined.
2012 - The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend becomes widespread, as employees begin using their personal devices for work purposes.
2013 - Samsung releases the Galaxy Gear, the first smartwatch. This sparks a whole new category of technology to begin development – wearable technology.
2014 - The Internet of Things (IoT) begins to gain momentum, with the number of connected devices surpassing the number of people on earth. Almost everything containing an electronic chip, and a lot of items that previously didn’t, get reconsidered and redesigned to be able to connect to this new ‘Internet of Things’ and be controlled remotely, such as light bulbs, cameras, speakers, and even fridges!
2015 - Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions become popular tools for managing and securing mobile devices in the enterprise. With the exponential increase of connected devices due to the Internet of Things revolution, attack surfaces and security risks have grown with device count. In order to combat this, new techniques for observing and securing your digital estate have been developed, such as Mobile Device Management and Enterprise Mobility Management. Using these frameworks, you can monitor and maintain the integrity and security of all the data passing through your digital infrastructure.
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2017 - The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in mobile devices and applications becomes more widespread. Tasks that previously required 100% human input now start to be automated using trained algorithms and intelligent programs designed to minimize error rate and significantly boost productivity.
As an example, this article was written with assistance and prompts from ChatGPT3.5, an Artificial Intelligence chatbot developed by OpenAI.
2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic accelerates the adoption of remote work and mobile technologies, with companies relying heavily on mobile devices and applications to support their remote workforce.
Overall, the history of enterprise mobility has been marked by significant advancements in mobile technology, from the first mobile phones to modern smartphones, tablets, and wearables. As technology continues to evolve, it is likely that enterprise mobility will continue to play an increasingly important role in the way businesses operate and manage their workforce.
Disclaimer: This article was written using prompts from the Artificial Intelligence chatbot ChatGPT3.5, along with editing and expansion by human sources.