As companies continue to take advantage of the benefits of becoming truly mobile in their operations, several trends have emerged. In 2016, for instance, there was more of a focus on developing enterprise applications and investing time and money in effective management strategies, according to TechTarget contributor Eddie Lockhart.
So what is happening in the mobility industry that has the potential to change parts of your small to mid-sized business's operation? Let's take a look at a few important trends in enterprise mobility that are going to have an impact on your business in the near future:
"As businesses become more portable, they are better equipped to serve customers."
1. VoIP market continues to expand
As more companies invest in VoIP and learn the benefits of integrating their enterprise mobility strategies, the market for these sorts of tools is going to continue to improve. According to statistics recently published by Credence Research, the global market for VoIP systems is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 9.7 percent from 2016 to 2023.
What does this mean for your small business? With the VoIP market continuing to grow at that rate, it follows that the companies that benefit the most from these technologies are going to continue investing in them. This means that organizations can take advantage of VoIP and unified communications tools to improve communication and collaboration within their operations. As businesses become more portable, they are better equipped to serve customers in a timely fashion and stay on top of their supply chains, among other key benefits. It's also easier to upgrade or maintain VoIP systems at any time, such as if your growing business needs to move to a larger office.
2. BYOD isn't going away
Research from 2015 found that 74 percent of businesses had incorporated a BYOD policy into their enterprise mobility strategies. IDC found that 90 percent of businesses support the idea of BYOD, as well, according to Network World contributor Ralph Tkatchuk. What this means is that as mobile technologies become more advanced, we'll see more of them being used within companies as a means of decreasing their IT budgets and improving the productivity of their employees.
"The benefits of a mobile work environment are many, including connectivity and productivity in areas where PCs and laptops could not have been carried," Tkatchuk wrote. "Examples include health care, transportation, hospitality and travel, where mobility is an inherent part of business and strong handheld devices are becoming an inseparable part of organizational workflow."
The health care example is especially prescient. The real benefits of allowing this kind of technology within the workplace are critical for today's mobility-enabled employees to do their jobs effectively – and in the health care space, this is more evident than ever. Doctors and nurses can carry smartphones and tablets to enable faster lookup of patient profiles – thus improving care outcomes in the short and long term.
3. Wearables and the IoT
Wearable technology is still a huge trend in the mobility vertical. By incorporating radio frequency identification devices, mobile applications and other wearable devices into their supply chains, organizations are improving data collection and management and increasing the effectiveness of their operations, among other key benefits.
The Internet of Things keeps growing, as well. IT research firm Gartner noted that in 2017 and 2018, analytics, security and device management will continue to be important for organizations that incorporate internet-connected objects into their operations.
"The IoT demands an extensive range of new technologies and skills that many organizations have yet to master," said Nick Jones, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "A recurring theme in the IoT space is the immaturity of technologies and services and of the vendors providing them. Architecting for this immaturity and managing the risk it creates will be a key challenge for organizations exploiting the IoT. In many technology areas, lack of skills will also pose significant challenges."
In other words, organizations that incorporate IoT-enabled technologies into their operations will need to have the right expertise on hand in order to get the most out of their devices. This is where having an effective enterprise mobility strategy will come into play. For more information about the benefits of an effective enterprise mobility strategy, get in touch with the experts at Teo Technologies today.