Five major trends in enterprise mobility

By Scott Steinberg

Enterprise mobility remains a major topic of interest for organizations in 2016. In fact, IT analysts at 451 Research found that 40 percent of companies are planning to prioritize the mobilization of business-oriented applications over the next two years. Furthermore, as Enterprise Mobility Exchange reports, IDC research projects that the US mobile worker population will hit 105.4 million by the year 2020. Clearly, this mobile space is poised for meteoric growth and expansion.

Here are five major trends that stand to deeply impact the field throughout 2016 and beyond.

Mobility goes mainstream

Virtually all consumer-facing apps and 75 percent of employee-facing apps are expected to be built with a mobile-first mindset by 2017, IDC research found. It’s clear that mobility will continue to impact businesses in a major way, which comes as little surprise to market leaders.

In order to remain competitive in your marketplace, you will likely have little choice but to begin rolling out these applications within the coming year — if you haven’t done so already.

Security comes first

Enterprises are currently operating in an age of big data, where virtually any piece of information about customers and employees is transmitted online, including names, addresses and buying habits. As such, safeguarding this information continues to be a major priority, especially as enterprises move closer to a mobile working environment that can be accessed from nearly anywhere in the cloud.

As more workers go mobile, businesses have to place more emphasis on improving their IT infrastructure and architecture. They must put additional safety measures into place to ensure that their corporate data is secure. This year, enterprises should expect considerable discussion and innovation around the topics of preventative measures, best practices for securing information and fail-safes that can be employed to guard against intrusion or theft.

Mobile computing takes precedence

Once upon a time, PCs served as an enterprise’s primary platform for gathering, manipulating and interacting with data. Nowadays, this is no longer the case. Going forward, mobile devices will become an equally important tool for businesses that are looking to operate in the modern marketplace. As such, it’s clear that more data will find its way into the cloud and more applications will be designed for portable usage patterns. In addition, more development efforts will center on UI, UX and user consumption pattern designs that are appropriate for smaller screens, such as those found on smartphones and tablets. Developers will also be compelled to place more effort into designing tools and utilities that allow for seamless transition between devices, as this will allow working professionals to quickly jump from working on one device to another while they’re on the go.

The IoT grows

This year, more devices — including computers, home appliances and even connected living rooms and cars — will be feeding data into the cloud. In fact, according to Business Insider, as many as 34 billion Internet-connected devices are expected to be in circulation by 2020. This rise in connected devices will lead to an influx of data that needs to be filtered, analyzed and acted upon by a workforce that’s armed with enterprise mobility tools and applications.

It’s clear that this scenario will require developers to create more analytics tools, CRM programs and similar applications that are built for use in mobile formats. But they’ll also be tasked with discovering new ways for users to effectively manipulate this data. By providing the mobile workforce with advanced software designed to maximize the insights that this data provides, enterprises will be able to truly tap into its potential.

Speed and agility increase

Many global market leaders are faced with the growing dilemma of keeping up with rapidly changing markets and trends. One way in which brands can strive to adapt to the current mobile landscape is to take advantage of all the tools, techniques and enterprise mobility solutions at their disposal.

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To this end, more businesses are focusing on creating powerful mobility tools that can be quickly rolled out and adapted to fit rapidly shifting market conditions. This may include simple plug-and-play solutions that even workers who are not technically inclined can quickly edit and repurpose to serve different tasks. Going forward, flexibility will be key for mobile enterprises.

Written By

Scott Steinberg

Keynote Speaker and Bestselling Author

Award-winning professional speaker, Scott Steinberg, is a bestselling expert on leadership and innovation, and the author of Make Change Work for You: 10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed Despite Uncertainty. Among today’s top-rated international speakers…

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