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The Future of Mobile Devices

26 Jan 2015 by Hannah Bridge

In today’s business world, rapid innovation and disruptive technology are fundamentally changing the way people do business and share information. Adapting to these changes and keeping up with new trends is a high priority for every CIO. One trend in particular today is the growth of mobile device usage across the enterprise. In response to this trend, an increasing number of companies are now embracing BYOD policies and allowing employees to bring and work off of their own smartphones or tablets.

According to Ovum’s 2015 Trends to Watch: Enterprise Mobility report, there are five key trends in mobile consumerization that we will see have the biggest impact on businesses in 2015:

  • The “mobility mismatch” between employers and employees will continue, even as enterprise IT departments get to grips with consumerization. For example, the rate of bring your own device (BYOD) behavior continues to grow, but it is not being embraced by IT at nearly the same rate. Many will opt for a choose your own device (CYOD) strategy, which bridges the gap between employee choice and IT’s need to manage and secure the organization.
  • More businesses will think beyond BYOD. Informal BYOD usage will slowly be displaced by a more managed approach, due to the introduction of more formal support models for employee-liable connections and devices in larger companies, as device management solutions for smartphones mature.
  • More enterprises will frame enterprise mobility management (EMM) in a workspace strategy. This means framing EMM as part of a wider “workspace” strategy, incorporating management of all endpoints and applications, with the crucial aim of giving employees access to the tools and data they need wherever they happen to be and with whichever device they happen to have in front of them.
  • Senior line-of-business executives will apply pressure, not just employees. Consumerization has largely driven the EMM market up to this point, but line-of-business managers – particularly in HR, procurement, and operations – will have an increasing influence on deployments.
  • SMEs and the vendors that sell to them should expect 2015 to be more mobile-centric. The vendors and service providers selling to them need to embrace this move as the SME market provides a potential “long tail” of demand – but this will be a challenge for service providers, which are not generally viewed as trusted partners by SMEs when it comes to delivering IT services.

The workforce is becoming much more tech-savvy, which presents enormous opportunities for enterprises. Employees are now becoming increasingly aware of new technologies and how they can integrate them into their work. They are demanding more flexibility than ever before and challenging enterprise IT leaders to adopt solutions that take full advantage of their technical abilities. To find out more about how Insight can help you stay ahead of the curve, please visit: https://www.insight.com/content/insight-web/en_US/solve/solution/network-and-device-security.html

 
 

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