The “reign of the personal computer as the sole corporate access device” is coming to an end, and by 2014 the personal cloud will replace the personal computer at the center of users' digital lives, according to new report by research firm Gartner Inc.

Gartner analysts say the personal cloud will begin a new era that will give users a new level of flexibility with the devices they use for daily activities, ultimately leading to greater user satisfaction and productivity. But enterprises will need to fundamentally rethink how they deliver applications and services to users, the firm notes.

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