The influence of Apple's innovative products such as the iPhone and iPad is real and its impact has been significant and such products have help shaped many different markets in as many news ways as there are the plethora of applications being developed around these platforms.
Feedback from almost 600 survey respondents who participated in VDC's 2011 Data Acquisition Solutions Market Intelligence program indicated that a growing number of them expect to be accessing their data acquisition applications through a mobile device operating with Android or IOS OS within the next five years. In fact almost 17% of respondents are expecting/desiring to be using external chassis & modules with Android by 2015 while almost 14% of external chassis users indicated some future usage of IOS.
It is only a matter of time before savvy suppliers of data acquisition solutions begin to develop ways in which users can begin to access data being collected via their various data acquisition solutions with an iPhone or iPad equivalent mobile device.
It is also very likely that within the next couple of years savvy suppliers will be offering cloud-based services in which they manage the data traffic, storage and perhaps even data management for companies that seek to outsource such data acquisition related activities.
We welcome any feedback on data acquisition applications which may already be out in the market and what are the initial thoughts on their effectiveness and how may they be improved or enhanced to enable the user the ability to more fully exploit the power of their smart phone or tablet.