Shop floor computing is certainly nothing new – ruggedized PCs with specially protected keyboards and touch sensitive screens have been creeping into manufacturing facilities for decades in the name of improving productivity and enhancing efficiency. These ruggedized computers all suffer the same shortcoming however, that being that they are still tied to a single physical location. Thus, while workers may be able to stay on the shop floor to work with these systems rather than retreating to the office, they still aren’t able to be exactly where the work is occurring, or exactly where problems are cropping up. Mobile computing devices on the other hand allow ultimate freedom and flexibility and seek to truly deliver on the promise that shop floor computing has been making for years. IT leaders in manufacturing and other shop floor lead industries need to begin thinking about broad scale mobility adoption and the requisite decisions that accompany that shift.