The year is ending on a high note for enterprise mobility with a flurry of activity in this space. From healthcare, financial services to food industry, manufacturers, every industry has seen tremendous returns on their enterprise mobility investments.
Enterprise Mobility in 2017
It has been a great year for that enterprise mobility; an integral part of enterprise growth, it has become a pillar of the ongoing digital transformation. Not only mobile devices but mobile data and mobile analytics have shown great innovation and transformation. There has also been a massive growth in productivity resulting from BOYD initiatives across enterprises. In fact, according to a survey by Algoworks, the market size of BOYD is expected to reach around $73.30 billion by 2021.
As we negotiate the vast enterprise mobility landscape, we see that while some trends that have had a niche-level impact such as Cisco’s EMM tool, Meraki Systems Manager, Matrix42’s EMM tool called Unified Endpoint Management, Snow Software’s EMM solution – Snow Device Manager (SDM), others like BOYD (bring your own device), security, mobile data networks, converged mobility have had world-wide effects on the business and IT world.
What to expect in 2018
As the curtain falls on 2017, it is time to look at the top five enterprise mobility trends to expect in 2018.
- Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) – With several niche solutions entering the market, EMM is set to play a greater role in 2018. While mobility has helped migrate in-house and on-premise business processes and applications to hand-held devices, it has given rise to several security issues which are expected to be addressed by EMM. A good EMM solution will not only improves communication across the organization but also help to speed up the operations and processes.
- Cloud Mobility – Big Data, which has had a big impact on enterprise mobility, is expected to continue to speed up the process of migrating enterprise solutions to the cloud and making them available on mobile devices. This offers business users the benefit of on-the-go workplace mobility.
- AI in Enterprise Mobility – With smartphones becoming an integral part of work life, AI based virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa (for business) are playing an increasing role in streamlining work by performing supporting tasks like scheduling appointment, sending emails and messages, notifications and reminders. Other AI based apps are equally important for detecting user locations to gather geographic and demographic data for business.
- IoT – With IoT becoming increasingly connected to enterprise mobility via BOYD, it is expected to play a greater role in the coming year when BOYD initiatives will increase. IoT and enterprise mobility in the form of connected wearables will boost business productivity and operations in 2018 in a big way.
- Location-based enterprise applications – With more and more business apps being migrated or imported to mobile devices, users are no longer tied to a static work location. Today there are numerous location-based enterprise apps for performing distinct functions and aimed at increasing business productivity and improving operational workflow in a specific area. Improved hardware integration with mobile devices is also expected to improve on-the-go work.
It is evident that enterprise mobility has evolved from a support device for IT, it is now being considered as a new system of engagement – both within the organization and externally – that helps businesses empower their employees, customers, stakeholders and partners. With investment in enterprise mobility increasing each year, it is expected to play a key role in shaping the future of the business and IT world. While efficiency and security will continue to be at the top of the list of challenges for some time to come, the world is already expecting the arrival of a new breed of smart and effective enterprise mobility solutions in 2018.