The proliferation of smart phones, tablet computers and mobile devices in the workplace emerged for the first time as the top business technology concern for CPAs and financial executives, according to the 2011 Top Technology Initiatives Survey by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The 22nd Annual AICPA Top Technology Initiative survey, conducted Jan. 13 to 26, shows control and use of mobile devices was the No. 1 challenge for IT professionals. The finding was based on responses from nearly 1,400 CPAs nationwide specializing in information
technology. In addition to mobile devices, the survey signaled future IT issues will revolve around implementation of touch-screen technology, deployment of faster
networks and voice recognition technology. Mobile devices are receiving more attention as technological advancement shifts productivity tools from desktops to pockets amid increasing reliance on mobile applications. According to researcher Gartner, Inc., some 117 billion applications will be downloaded to mobile devices worldwide by the end of this year.