Mobile is everywhere these days, an even in places where cell phone service is not. For instance? The open waters.

Royal Caribbean is using mobility in new and different ways on board its ships, largely with iPhones, iPads and other handheld systems, according to CIO Magazine. Parents can track their kids on an iPhone to see where they are on the ship via a Wi-Fi-enabled bracelet, vacationers can view wine lists on their iPad, and employees can use the devices to assist customers with their daily activities.

From an IT standpoint, this represents a huge opportunity. More and more of our consultants are coming equipped with skills in mobile development, which we see as a major driver for spending for as far as we can see. But don’t just take it from us: Gartner predicts that IT spending will reach nearly $3.6 trillion this year, up 5.6% increase from $3.4 trillion in 2010.

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