The name says it all, right? The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is for consumers. Enterprises, keep out. Nothing to see here. We're just showing off some gadgets that the cool kids want. You don't need a 56-inch OLED for videoconferencing, do you?
But a funny thing happened on the way to Vegas. In the past couple of years, enterprises got consumerization fever. A robust consumer mobile computing market caught enterprises off guard, bringing us BYOD and consumerization. Now enterprises are figuring out how to equip their workers by watching what they buy and letting them bring their swag to work.
In fact, CES 2013 might be the hottest enterprise computing show around. Consumerization is so much a part of the enterprise world that we've got a live video show on the topic airing Thursday, Jan. 10, at noon ET (9:00 a.m. PT). We've also dispatched our very own Curtis Franklin, Jr., to Las Vegas. He'll be live blogging from CES 2013 and sending us reports.
Now we want to know: Is your enterprise watching CES 2013 more closely than in years past? Are you sending folks to preview the latest gadgets that you might see walking into your enterprise? Or is this all just a bunch of hype?
CES 2013: healthcare, government, and education
A quick look at CES 2013 will show a little something for every E2 reader. The usual tech players are all at the event. This is the first day, and we've already seen presentations on drop-proof phones and new mobile phone processors. Intel had a pretty snazzy presentation about how computers will be able to see, touch, and hear better than ever.
There's more to it than that. Looking over the list of conference tracks, our healthcare CIO readers will probably note with cheer (or dread) an entire track dedicated to consumer health products and how they can be made to interact with healthcare institutions. There's even a track for government CIOs on how to use consumer devices for security in air and ocean travel. Education CIOs will note a ton of offerings on personalized education.
It's time to stop thinking of consumerization as just BYOD and start realizing that consumerization is expanding into every corner of every market an enterprise touches. From training and education to managing employee health, the devices they use, and the way they work, the consumer electronics market is driving your enterprise right now.
But, hey, that might just be the news media spin, right? CES is drawing 150,000 people. That's 300,000 eyeballs (give or take) looking over these products, so, of course, those in the news media care.
Do you care? Mixed in with some potential enterprise solutions are a bunch of games, home appliances, and cars that drive themselves -- all neat stuff, but hardly enterprise worthy. Is it worth digging through the glitzy presentations and performances by artists such as Maroon 5 to find a couple of enterprise products? Or do you expect your vendors to bring those products to you in another way?
That's what we want to know. Please take the CES 2013 poll about how your enterprise is viewing this event.
If you're interested in the show, check out Curt's live coverage of CES. You'll find more on the show on our user-generated boards and in our blog section as the show goes on. And we'd like your comment below about what you think of CES.