Year 2017 and beyond – Evolution continues for Enterprise Mobility

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The term ‘consolidation’ defines all the activities done in the domain of enterprise mobility in 2016. Since many organizations across different industry segments have adopted mobile-centric strategies throughout the previous year, we can now conclude that companies have started to become serious about mobility.

But then, this seriousness brings new challenges for the enterprise mobility management where innovation is going to become a norm along with proper strategies to address all these challenges.

International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted that mobile workers will account for nearly three-quarters (72.3%) of the total workforce in the USA by 2020. In other words, it is fair to assume that almost three fourth of the working population is mobile. But, it does not mean that the BYOD and mobility revolution is confined to the US only. Worldwide, many enterprises and entrepreneurs are all set to embrace mobility, and many other business persons are in the evaluation phase for integrating the concept. Speed, security, and scalability are three major thoughts under consideration for implementing mobility at the workplace.

When it comes to enterprise mobility integration in work, the employee needs are given more importance than that of employers. Businesses focus on ensuring employees’ productivity while giving them easy-to- use and intuitive business apps to mobilize key business operations. Secure data access on the move has remained the top priority since the inception of enterprise mobility.

Here are some of the future trends of enterprise mobility that will evolve it beyond the year 2017:

Mobile-first: nay, mobile-only: yea

Today, all the forward-looking companies, with a large number of professionals who work away from the premises, opt for purchasing or development of apps with a mobile-first approach. However, the significant difference in the development cost of the laptop and mobile-supporting solutions vs. mobile-only solutions compels organizations to plan for a mobile-only approach for their remote employees. Companies can start providing only a tablet or a smartphone to their employees instead of a laptop for implementing the mobile-only notion.

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SaaS is not a panacea

In the past couple of years, entrepreneurs were in the dream of replacing their older legacy app with a SaaS-based application while delivering rapid enterprise mobility adoption. The dream was shattered when they come to know about customization of CRM, ERP, and other complex business processes for mobile platforms. SaaS-based applications have remained short in addressing today’s highly complex and challenging business scenario, and therefore, customized enterprise mobile apps are going to replace them with high flexibility and scalability.

An app for everything

These days, we can expect the enterprise-level mobile app to offer the optimum output for every user and environment. Though sheer volume of apps on the app store is spoilt for choice, an enterprise can come up with a customized, simple, and yet efficient application with desired features. Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) together with traditional search and voice features offer new ways of interaction in enterprise applications, and the users can readily communicate with the company professionals on the move. It is easy to offer various facilities to the users through a futuristic app like Fandango. We can expect that ‘an app for everything’ idea will soon become a reality in enterprise apps.

Wrapping up

Mobility is going to be an integral part of the enterprises globally while participating in the digital transformation from laptops and desktops to handheld devices. As mobility passes through evolution, we can expect more personalized and secure experience with enhanced employee engagement from it in the near future.

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