As smartphones and tablets become increasingly popular
with consumers, they're also becoming a common work tool for
employees. A recent study by Dimensional Research found that 87
percent of enterprises allow employees to use personal devices for
work. In addition, 80 percent of those companies allow employees to
use personal smartphones for work.
In response to this growing "consumerization of IT" trend, the
open source community is beginning to develop apps aimed at the
mobile market. In particular, they've created a large number of
open source development tools that can help enterprise IT
departments create mobile apps. In addition, several mature open
source apps now have features that enable mobile workers to use
them from their smartphones or tablets.