Why Mobile Technology Matters to Michigan
The demand for access to information and applications through mobile technologies such as the Apple iPhone and iPad, devices running Google Android, Windows, Blackberry and other operating systems is surging among consumers and businesses. Additionally, the capabilities that are now feasible as a result of Bluetooth, GPS, QR code, Near-field Communication and Augmented Reality technology are changing the way we manage our lives and operate our businesses.
The massive growth in the adoption rates of these technologies around the world has significant implications for how we communicate, how business is conducted, and the impact it will have on every other existing industry. Every day, businesses are learning more about the ways mobile/wireless technologies can be used to increase their productivity and lead to increased profitability. Therefore, the potential impact on Michigan is substantial as a result of its growing mobile/wireless technologies community and the jobs and businesses it is creating.
Michigan's mobile/wireless technologies community is having significant impact on the following industries here in Michigan, nationally, and globally:
- general manufacturing
- marketing / advertising
- real estate
- transportation management
- financial services / banking
- travel / tourism
- data security
- business / consumer security
- consumer services
- business services
- many, many more!
Mobile/Wireless Technologies Impact on Michigan
A study by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation indicates that for every job created in Michigan related to mobile/wireless technologies, 3.9 additional jobs are created in the state that are not directly related to these technologies. MEDC further indicates that the mobile/wireless job creation factor of 3.9 is significantly higher than that for most industries, and is comparable to the job creation factor for the manufacturing industry. Putting this in perspective, this means that mobile/wireless technologies can achieve a similar level of positive impact on Michigan's economy as the manufacturing industry as use of these technologies continues to grow.