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  • Need more proof that employees are increasingly driven by mobility? Then consider this: There are 10 times more smartphones and tablets sold every day than babies born. And this: The average person checks his or her smartphone 150 times a day—nearly once every six minutes, assuming they sleep. Meanwhile, mobile data traffic increases about 80 percent a year. Along with these and other findings in a recent report, the IBM Institute for Business Value presents a how-to guide for IT professionals to help them empower their organizations to become thriving mobile enterprises. The report, "The Individual Enterprise: How Mobility Redefines Business," introduces best practices and five essential mobile enterprise building blocks, which cover connectivity and security, as well as more strategic qualities such as analytics. "Currently, most enterprise mobile use has been restricted to email, calendaring and instant messaging," says Saul Berman, vice president and chief strategist for IBM Global Business Services. "Consider how combining mobile devices and cognitive analytics can completely transform how we work, industries operate and companies perform. Getting started with this new imperative requires leaders who can define what this journey will look like and champion a call to action."

  • Most companies need to extend their online presence beyond the desktop. This means weighing the benefits of a responsive Website compared with a mobile app.

  • State and local government agencies are moving toward greater use of mobile technology, but many face a number of obstacles as they try to become fully mobile.

  • The rapid advance of digital technology is changing the stakes for business and IT leaders, who need a strategy to conquer challenges and exploit opportunities.