Enterprise Mobility Trends for 2016

We are now in the New Year, 2016. While the last year saw the rapid evolution and growth of enterprise mobility and apps for enterprise, this year promises to bring even more progress, thanks to all the latest and more advanced mobile devices and OS’. MDM and EMM will take center stage and the concept of mobile security in enterprise will be more vital than ever before.

Here are projected enterprise mobility trends for the year 2016 and beyond….

Establishing Compatibility across Multiple Devices

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With the sheer multitude of OS’ and devices in existence today; and more coming into the market on an everyday basis; it becomes imperative for organizations to offer employees a homogeneous experience across an entire range of smartphones, tablets and now, wearables as well. Hence, the concept of “useful apps” is no more limited to merely offering a good solution to users, but to actually perform well across multiple mobile devices, thus seamlessly tying the entire business organization and making the workforce more productive as a whole. 

Cutting Costs with Cutting-Edge Technology

Enterprises now use the latest mobile technology not only to save time and encourage employees to become more productive, but also to cut down tedious paperwork and travel time; thereby eventually cutting company costs in the long run. While the past year saw the rise of BYOD in enterprise, the wearables industry is all set to take this sector by storm in the coming years. These devices will enable companies to transform their business processes, while also reducing employees’ time and effort, plus the cost of computing. One can soon expect to see employees bringing their wearable devices to the office environment and actually working smarter with them.  

Maintaining Mobile Security within Enterprise

With the rapid rise in the number of enterprise apps; as also BYOD, WYOD, IoT (Internet of Things) and cloud computing in enterprise; the concept of mobile security within enterprise will gain more importance than ever before. Enterprise app developers, cloud providers and the IT departments within companies will have to do everything in their power to ensure that the sensitive corporate data is protected against outside threat, at all times. While a connected environment can prove to be highly beneficial for business establishments, it can also pose a massive risk to the company as a whole. Employees will hence have to be protected by setting up the right EMM (Enterprise Mobile Management) solutions and standards, both within and without the office environment. 

Focusing on Managing Technology

This year will further see IT departments looking differently at managing and maintaining mobile security within enterprise. IT managers were so far trying to control what employees could access and on what types of devices. While applying this kind of control is beneficial to maintaining security, the management will have to recognize that it can no more block the sea of change coming its way. CIOs now need to think of different ways in which they can use and support the latest technology available to them, so as to increase enterprise efficiency and productivity. Only those organizations that recognize the immense potential of cutting-edge technology; also the importance of adopting the same; can hope to reach the helm in their respective industry.  

Recognizing the All-Pervasive Reach of Mobile

The steep rise in IoT is now forcing companies to rethink the way they approach and interact with their customers. Companies will have to focus on offering customer-oriented services, rather than merely product-oriented ones. Businesses will begin to realize the real importance of reaching out to their customers, engaging them and interacting with them, rather than just presenting them with a product they would like to see. In order to meet the growing needs of business establishments, UEM (Unified Endpoint Management) service providers will begin to manage entire security systems, spanning over multiple mobile devices, thereby far reducing the pressure on IT departments. 

Managing Backend Integration with Mobility

As the concept of enterprise mobility grows even further, companies will feel the need for tighter backend integration with newer technologies, networks and aspects of IoT. This will result in the emergence of more third-party providers. Telecom companies will widen the spectrum of their services, to offer full enterprise-grade tech stacks, while cloud solutions providers will present value-added cloud services, big data analytics and so on. This will help companies cut their overall costs, while also managing most systems from a single dashboard.