few years). Tell them you want a 3G or 4G solution now.
Vendors, the difficult part of CM technology is not the technology itself. It's the requirements, figuring out the ease-of-use, getting the cost of sales and support down. Don't be afraid to start a pilot project which has access to your existing technology, and requirements, but which can cut the cords of constraint imposed by legacy components. It's time to create next generation solutions. Sure, keep the polish out, keep the band-aids available, add on a bunch of nice-looking contraptions, etc. until your new technology is ready. But if you don't cut the cords, you'll be left in the dust. I hope you'll take this article as a partial blueprint. Because I don't care how much support you throw at that old DOS clone, you won't convince the user that he has a tablet. And that's why you'll see so many new OS platforms evolving this decade.
The only additional word of advice I can add: make sure the CM/ALM components and features that you're working to are well defined. Not well-defined to fit all legacy tools. Well-defined to meet the Next Generation.
Elon Musk said he's not in it for the profit - he's in it to get easy, reliable, cost-affordable space access so that we can go beyond a few cameo space accomplishments. But be certain, the profits will come because of this. Similarly, vendors, make sure that you're in it for the advance of CM/ALM capabilties - to take it beyond our techies and software projects to the wider world of information. If you can achieve this with your tools, the profits will come.