It is needless to say that whether it is the routine corporate data exchange, mobile device management, or other endless number of myriad corporate issues, enterprise mobility has left no corner untouched and has become a priority for optimizing the digital transformation. Enterprise mobility solutions, in most common sense, can be understood as the hottest term associated with a transformed or renewed view to business.
#1 Comprehensive Approach with specific attention on Privacy concerns
The present status stands to be much questioned on grounds of offering the users a practical and reasonable approach to the overall regime. The following year is expected to address these issues in a much more user-friendly and comprehensive manner, and thereby soothing a greater proportion of the significant mass of skeptical onlookers.
This will also mean a forward looking approach on the part of enterprises which are expected to favor such technologies that have a greater probability of ensuring authenticity and security of the devices, data, and applications associated with them. It will be interesting to see how the field of Mobile Device Management (MDM) will evolve further in the coming year.
#2 IoT and Artificial Intelligence will be on the increase
The two pillars that have supported Enterprise mobility the most in the past, and will continue to do so in the coming years as well, have undoubtedly been IoT and Artificial Intelligence. Enterprise mobility is expected to reach higher levels with increased number of possibilities of enhancement of the diversity of devices used by businesses.
The major plus is that this is expected to be done with a greater focus on increasing their compatibility and interaction with humans or users. The result can be seen in the way of much informed future decisions on the part of businesses pressurized by an ever increasing competitive business atmosphere.
However, this has to be essentially coupled with an increased attention to on-the-job trainings, education programes, and specific sessions designed especially for the techies who will be much in demand for handling the advanced devices and technologies.
#3 Cloud Services to become the major eye-grabbers
The affordability, cost-efficiency, flexibility and growing ease associated with cloud has reciprocated the increased attraction towards it flowing from greater preference to enterprise mobility, with the accelerating role played by Big Data indeed. The most recent of the lot is the hybrid cloud solutions which have multiplied the data storage capacities for users and simultaneously offloading great proportions of app data sets to a designated external provider. However, we see an equal probability of several instant apps coming up as well given the still unaddressed security loophole in clouding.
#4 Agenda For 2018: Enterprise Mobility to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)
With the continued increase in the demand for enterprise mobility, there is also a simultaneous growth in the prominence of managed mobility services. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is expected to be the new credible way for businesses aiming at adopting enterprise mobility as the major transformation tool. The management part will thereby lay a greater focus on aspects such as data encryption, regulation strategies, security practices (for all parties involved- users, employees, etc.), loss prevention controls.
Such initiatives are expected to also solve the much debatable conflict between the increase in the productivity and the associated difficulty in mobile management and uncertain data security. This will also mark a shift above from the hard-core device-focused approach of enterprise mobility adopted up till now.
#5 Progress from BYOD to ‘Adaptable’ BYOD
With the business world soon realizing the necessity of Bring Your Own Device, the focus has now shifted to making it work for both the employees and the companies alike. Workforce mobilization being the major agenda for companies can be achieved only with a business outlook that regards BYOD as a norm and a necessary part of work culture, rather than a choice. The future of these companies lies in efficiently managing BYOD and learning from the mistakes made in the past so as to broaden the knowledge base and yearn for a more robust adoption.
The scenario for 2018 seems to be making a mark already in answering the question as to whether enterprise mobility can be deemed to be beneficial for the businesses in terms of a sustainable and profitable business in addition to its well-agreed value addition to the customer experience.
Enterprise mobility solutions is howsoever, rightly viewed as being a major influence to the process of shaping the future of the present day growing companies. The year 2018 will therefore continue to be a year of expanding enterprise mobility like the years 2016 and 2017, but with much higher rates of adaptations, transformations as well as progressions.