Enterprise Mobility: Tablets, Smartphones Abound at Annual CeBIT Technology Show

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2011-03-02 Print this article Print
The Boss and the Robot

The Boss and the Robot

A remotely controlled robot greeted members of the media. Here, CeBIT Senior Vice President Frank Pörschmann pretends to converse with the robot as he welcomes the press to the Press Centre.
HANNOVER, GERMANY—CeBIT, the annual computer and electronics show held here is so vast that just about anything related to technology can show up. Whether those things will result in commercial success is anybody's guess, but clearly some of these items are in the right place at the right time. This year's show was devoted to cloud computing, but many of the new products were aimed more at enterprise and consumer computing in general. The most significant groups of products in terms of numbers and attendee interest included a crowd of tablet computers from at least 39 companies, cloud computing products and services, and devices that show images in 3D. LG was showing off a new tablet and its new smartphone with 3D screens. But as you'd expect, there were also diversions. IBM's Watson Supercomputer, which has quickly become an international celebrity, was on display at the show. Some attendees, including the author of this slide show, got a chance to play a round of "Jeopardy" against Watson.
Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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