Mobility is a priority for 71 percent of enterprises, according to Forrester. Mobile devices keep teams connected and make businesses agile and more productive. Nasscom believes that the mobility market will generate $140 billion in annual revenues by 2020. Businesses need to invest in the right tools, to keep their mobile network safe and to figure out how to use mobility to increase productivity.
Here are five mobility trends to watch out for:
Bring your own device (BYOD)
Enterprises let employees use their personal device at work and to connect to the company cloud from home. Gartner predicts that 70 percent of employees will still use personal devices at work by 2018. A trend that creates a flexible and responsive workforce while representing some safety risks.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Mobility is not only about smartphones and tablets. The transportation, manufacturing, and healthcare industries are already using connected objects and the mobility solution of the future will mostly accommodate machines talking to each other rather than employees accessing the company cloud remotely or customers using in-store Wi-Fi. The McKinsey Global Institute predicts that the IoT will have an economic impact of $11 trillion by 2025.
Mobile device management currently ranks as the 10th most important item in terms of security spending for businesses according to the SANS Institute. Challenges include securing mobile applications, mobile device authentication and offering a safe connection for remote workers.
Investing in a scalable mobility solution now is crucial for the agility of an enterprise because the next disruptive technology will require a reliable mobile network. Mobile solutions also make a team more agile on the short-term by increasing communication, decreasing response time and giving employees access to a wide range of cloud-based applications.
Completely wireless offices
Approximately 71 percent of mobile communications currently occurs over Wi-Fi. Wireless technology makes sense for businesses because it is more scalable and allows employees to work remotely. Wi-Fi also makes sense since more businesses are now using a shared office model without fixed individual workstations.
Smartphone use at work is comparable to how computers changed the office throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1975, the office of the future was imagined as a place where employees had a “television display terminal” on their desk – a prediction that came true! In 2017, the office of the future is hardly a physical office anymore. The office of the future is a virtual place that connects workers globally, and that is accessible from anywhere, at any time thanks to mobile devices.