The learning curve for new technologies has no doubt been steep in the small-business sector of late, as massive, comprehensive overhauls of strategies, IT policies, backend infrastructure and more have been constant. There is perhaps no better example of this than enterprise mobility, which most entrepreneurs have viewed as a mission-critical capability for years now, but have struggled immensely when trying to manage, secure and optimize properly.
Stratistics MRC forecast enterprise mobility to be a major target of corporate investments for the foreseeable future, with spending rising at a compound annual growth rate of more than 6.8 percent between 2014 and 2022. This would bring the value of the market at large from an estimated $6.6 billion at the beginning of the study period to a whopping $11.2 billion by the end, and shows that leaders are indeed putting more into optimal mobility performance.
So much more is still to come, though, with respect to the enterprise mobility situation. For one, organizations have already started to scramble in efforts to make more applications and systems available to mobile workers, including unified communications solutions. The Internet of Things is now knocking on the doors of virtually every industry, and will absolutely impact the ways in which mobility must be managed. Analytics is also being driven into the future by mobile data and smartphone- or tablet-based activity.
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All of the transformations and complexities involved in enterprise mobility are coming to a head currently, and there is no time to sit around and wait to see how everything plays out. Rather, small-business owners must embrace these requirements and get their mobility management strategies into optimal states as soon as possible.
Coming back to apps
When enterprise mobility first became a major trend, applications were widely discussed within the decision-making levels of organizations. Apps Tech News recently asserted that firms might need to circle back and place a new emphasis on mobile applications to ensure that their strategies do indeed cover all of the necessary management requirements. The source argued that tracking and monitoring users should already be a common practice, but is not, despite coming with the ability to improve experiences and performance.
To resolve the issue, the news provider suggested implementing a mobile application management solution that works to govern activity in enterprise app stores and beyond, all the while working with IT staff to keep protocols up to date with employee demands and preferences. Apps are the real fuel of enterprise mobility-based productivity and efficiency gains, and failing to properly manage these frameworks can be devastating for virtually any organization.
Follow the leaders
Use cases and examples of successful mobility strategies are ubiquitous on the Web today, and small-business owners should always focus on researching these matters consistently to guide their own decision-making processes. International Data Corporation recently affirmed that the health care, retail and federal government sectors are going to be taking the lead with respect to enterprise mobility spending in the coming years.
On the whole, the analysts forecast the private, public and consumer categories to spend $1.85 trillion on mobile-related items by 2019, marking four years at a compound annual growth rate of 2.7 percent from the $1.66 trillion spent in 2015. IDC also pointed out that the types of investments breaking through today are far more diverse than those of the past.
"Today, mobility is more than just smartphones and apps, it is the lynchpin in driving new consumer behaviors, the future of work and the digital transformation we are witnessing in real time," Carrie MacGillivray, vice president of IDC Mobile & IoT, argued. "IDC's holistic view of the mobility spend opportunity encompasses the consumer and business potential across software, hardware, services and connectivity."
Because the three aforementioned sectors are going to account for such a large portion of investment growth in the next few years, entrepreneurs outside these industries - or within them - should consider focusing their research in these areas. Additionally, IDC noted that leaders will want to take note of the impact enterprise mobility's evolution is having on digital business practices.
"While mobile device ownership and general app uptake has already impacted consumers and businesses large and small, utilizing mobile capabilities to drive wholesale digital transformation in personal and professional spaces continues to represent a growth opportunity for vendors and channel partners," IDC Customer Insights and Analysis Group VP Chris Chute affirmed.
Now, when looking forward, the IoT needs to be a major priority for enterprise mobility managers and corporate leaders alike in the coming years.
"Everything from agriculture to fitness will be impacted by the IoT."
Bracing for impact
Minute Hack recently listed some of the ways in which the IoT will impact enterprise mobility best practices and, as a result, corporate operations in the near future. Working through various industries, the news provider stated that everything from agriculture and air travel to fitness and oil will be in some way, shape or form transformed once the IoT gains traction, but that positive gains will only result from strong mobility management ahead of deployments.
As has always been the case when a major, transformative and disruptive trend comes to pass, the companies that are already managing their current assets the best will tend to excel when embracing novel technologies. There is no denying that the IoT is the next frontier of enterprise mobility, and that current policies and strategies need to be worked out quickly to get more out of the trend.
With the right managed services in place for UC, cloud services, mobility management, business continuity and other needs, enterprise mobility and its various offshoots will be far more easily implemented and embraced in the small-business sector.