6 enterprise mobility trends to watch out for in 2017

October 18, 2016

Mobility solutions in the enterprise are a fact of life today. Over two-thirds of CIOs and technical professionals reckon mobility to have a profound influence on their businesses, just as the Internet had in the 1990s.

The prime focus of IT investments has been enterprise mobility in 2016 and is expected to be the same in 2017 as well. Mobility is believed to be a priority for  71% of today's enterprises according to Forrester. To be precise, the global enterprise mobility market is presumed to bring $140 billion annually by 2020 according to Nasscom.

Enterprises need to integrate the following mobility trends along with these 5 unbeatable enterprise mobility strategies in your next app development project.

1 - Information on the go with independent devices

According to IDC research reports, the population of mobile workers in the USA will be 105.4 million by 2020. Mobility has become a synonym for productivity regardless of the workplace. The benefits of mobility in enterprises have lured organizations to adopt the concept of giving out mobile devices to the employees where they are expected to make the most of this freedom to give the intended results.

As we mentioned earlier, the next year will be proved revolutionary for employee apps making it possible for most of the workers to carry their work and information with them. This trend will be highly convenient for employees to deliver their chunk of work faster and with more precision from any corner of the world. Now that’s true independence!

2 - Freedom of using your own device (BYOD)

With the BYOD concept, employees have had the benefit of accessing their work files and continue working from wherever they need to. This concept has been around for quite a while, but is expected to gain a tremendous momentum in the next few years. Increase in work efficiency, a notable boost in productivity, decreased time frame for work assigned, and enterprise cost-cutting are some of the many benefits of adopting this trend.

3 - Application security is paramount when it comes to enterprise mobility

Confidentiality and security have always been the two major concerns of every organization. End-to-end mobile device management that covers devices, applications, network and data is needed in enterprises deploying mobility solutions. We have reached a stage where regulatory security controls will be a compulsion like it has become in California. SAANS has released a report for minimum security requirement for companies to operate.

4 - Pack and move to the cloud

The never-ending concern of cloud security has held back many enterprises from making this move. But with the availability of affordable and reliable cloud services, migrating to the cloud has never been easier. Companies can also deploy a hybrid solution in which mission critical apps are hosted on premises while other apps are hosted on the cloud. The massive amounts of data that can be hosted on the cloud cheaply also means that companies can now implement Big Data solutions. Even historical data can be analyzed to reveal useful insights.

5 - IoT, wearable devices and mobility

When we think of IoT, mobile devices and wireless sensors are the two things that come to our mind. Smartphones being mobile and full of sensors, are the most utilized asset for IoT. IoT is expected to revamp the workforce with a practical amalgamation of mobile devices, wearables, computers, and other connected devices to authorize employees to be available, informed, and synergetic.

The wearable devices such as smart watches, fitness devices, eye-glasses, etc. offer a seamless experience through cross device apps. In the coming years, businesses will highly rely on connected devices and big data analytics to improve processes and make more insightful decisions about marketing and operation strategies.

6 - Development agility

According to research by Gartner, “Enterprise mobile apps will outstrip available development capacity five to one”. Enterprise mobility is expected to be the fastest sprinter in the coming years. It would be necessary for organizations to focus on strengthening their mobile app development team from now itself, if they do not wish to lag when there is an acute need of development expertise.

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