It is the year 2013, and it is not hard to believe that how these mobiles and tablets have transformed the way we live. These devices have not only revolutionized our personal lives but also have a profound impact on our professional lives too. According to Forrester Research, by 2016, 350 million employees will use smartphones and about 200, million will bring their own.
This doesn’t take into account other devices like tablets and PCs which employees will be bringing inside the premises of their offices. Though Enterprise Mobility in some way was already there, the professionals were using their Blackberry for accessing mails and other applications. Some were even working from home, etc. But the landscape of Enterprise Mobility changed completely with the explosion of smart phones and tabs, which are like mini computers considering their hardware capabilities. Enterprises decided to make specific apps with business capabilities. However, they were quick enough to realize that there is a difference between building mobile applications for the consumer and enterprise markets. The apps for consumer markets; where each application operates in isolation or independently from other applications; however, in the enterprise space, applications need to share infrastructure in areas such as security, data sharing, etc.
Do you see that woman at the Café making a few swipes on her phone? She’s running her business, and doing it much better with constant contacts. Enterprise Mobility technology is totally changing things up. Smart Enterprises are leaving no stone unturned to reap the benefits of mobility. Seven years ago, employees used mobile devices for text messages and emails when Blackberry had just forayed into the Enterprise Mobility arena. Now most of the employees flaunt a Smartphone and use different apps, which help them in their work. . This trend of smart phones, tablets, and mobile apps has caused the enterprise mobility rates to soar.
Enterprise Mobility is here to stay – enterprise mobility, in a nutshell, is using mobile devices, wireless networks and related gadgets in business context. For example, using mobile phones, handheld computers to quickly work on data and report to head quarters or running enterprise specific apps on devices required to run business smoothly.
According to a survey, what is the main driver behind your investments in mobile technology for the field workforce?
38% of businesses say, “Improving Workforce Productivity”
20% say “Delivering “Best –of-Breed customer service”
13% say, “Streamlining operations”
13% say, “Generating additional revenue from the business”
8% say, “Improving performance and productivity”
8% say “other” -Courtesy Enterprise Mobility Global Survey 2012.
Clearly, among all benefits of enterprise mobility, productivity is one of the key ones.It is ensured that the employees within a company are productive and efficient irrespective of their location. This means that employees always have access to important and essential information required to do business and applications, tools to do their work. A simple example can be access to corporate emails for sales people, who mostly remain on the field. Another example can be employees working from home offices with access to corporate servers, data, software and other important tools.
Naturally, Enterprise Mobility has given rise to the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Choose Your Own Device (CYOD). BYOD trend is about implementing a proper mobile strategy for the safety of confidential information. Security is a major concern when company information is accessed from unsecured devices by different employees from different places, there are risks pertaining to misuse of information. Here CIOs have to concentrate on making a robust mobile strategy which will ensure company safety from all platforms and increase productivity.To address security concerns, companies should focus on Mobile Data Protection (MDP), Network Access Control (NAC) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) tools to support their BYOD and new enterprise mobile platform efforts [Gartner Inc].
Enterprises are trying to catch up with the mobility trend and see if it can cause a change to their organizational progress. Employees, actually, enjoy working through the mobility platform as it provides perk to handle work from different locations. Employees no longer feel stuck in the office premises which contribute positively to work efficiency. The bottom line, in fact, it is evident that Enterprise Mobility is going to grow as Generation Y or Z, when they enter the workforce, would love to have apps mirroring their personal and Business usage.