The rising technological capabilities of mobile devices are changing the way that businesses approach IT. Their business use is expected to surge in the coming year, with Gartner predicting sales of 1.2 billion smartphones and tablets. The IT research company has predicted that two-thirds of enterprises will adopt a mobile device management solution by 2017. BYOD (bring your own device) trends will continue to rise as more devices enter circulation.
In a recent Forbes article, Peter Price stated that “in 2013, enterprise mobility will evolve in the same way that Henry Ford’s assembly line did.” This improved efficiency means that enterprise mobility is no longer just a way to improve productivity, but is quickly becoming a integral part of business operations around the world. It is adapting, changing and revolutionizing the way enterprises conduct business.
Benefits With the popularity of smart devices, many employees of major companies are walking around with miniature computers in their hands. Yet, they are tied to working in their office and tethered to workplace-supplied equipment to perform their duties. The BYOD trend allows businesses of all sizes to safely and securely tap into these unused devices to help streamline the work process while improving both efficiency and productivity.
Utilizing mobility solutions, many common business tasks can be performed on demand and independent of location. Filing expense reports, charting sales or analyzing trends is possible anywhere that an employee has Internet access. The result is fewer delays, improved accountability, greater access to resources and a reduction in time spent gathering resources and traveling between locations. From sales teams to executives, the benefits spread to all corners of the business world.
Reducing IT Burdens
Providing early mobility services required extensive IT work. Transmission encryption, data security and simply integrating mobile devices into existing software suites was a daunting task. As the technology matures, dedicated platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers are making it simple for companies of any size to deploy enterprise mobility solutions quickly and at affordable prices. Instead of spending months creating and deploying a solution, the entire process takes just a few minutes.
By reducing time and cost commitments and eliminating many of the common concerns with the technology, businesses can employ increasingly complex enterprise mobility services, as well. Instead of using multiple apps and interfaces for various aspects of daily operations, tools can be combined into one integrated suite that works across a variety of devices. This reduces training time, improves accuracy and increases adoption rates in many cases. As mobile device use matures and adoption rates increase, these capabilities will likely shape business trends for 2013 and beyond.
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