Enterprise Mobility to Witness Exciting Changes in 2016

By CIOReview | Wednesday, January 6, 2016

FREMONT, CA: Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is influencing the IT businesses the same way as the Internet did back in 1990s. The enterprise mobility space witnessed some exciting developments in 2015–Apple continued to dominate the devices used in organizations; whereas HTML 5 beat Native and emerged as the most preferred platform, and tablets started replacing laptops. Now it will be interesting to see what 2016 holds for organizations and CIOs in the enterprise mobility space.

Over the past few years employees have been pushing for increased mobility, personalization and flexibility in the workplace. The recruitment capabilities and productivity of organizations, which are not ready to embrace a new way of working, have been negatively impacted. Therefore, 2016 will be the year for organizations to realize that it is time to enable employees on any device. Martin Gale, Mobile CTO, UKI&I at IBM underlines this trend by saying, “Organizations are now reaching the maturity where it is recognized that each different form factor plays a different role, depending on the context of the task in hand, and that is key to developing a mobile strategy across the workforce.”

Last year saw a great demand and public appeal for wearable devices. So in 2016, these devices will enter into organizations and set off the third phase of enterprise mobility. This will allow the employees to get more connected and collaborated with colleagues remotely through wearable cameras and screens. The growth of wearable devices in organizations will also enable organizations to provide instructions on the go and help employees work more efficiently.

Furthermore, in 2016, it will become imperative for CIOs to solve the mobile security dilemma. "Employees who are not protected by an EMM solution will be at far more risk than employees who are enrolled in a robust and cross-platform EMM solution at work,” says Sinisha Patkovic, VP, Blackberry Security Advisory. As a result, organizations will be forced to develop an absolute EMM solution that covers the various security as well as productivity aspects. 2015 also saw the rise of enterprise mobile apps and this trend will continue this year as organizations will provide employees with more apps that will allow them to work anywhere, anytime. Both organizations and employees will try to maximize the productivity of enterprise apps in 2016.

Another trend in enterprise mobility which is expected this year will be the growing collaboration between customers and employees. In order to retain their customers, companies will invest heavily on communication and collaboration mediums for delivering a pleasant customer experience. Finally, cloud service providers and telcos will enhance their platforms to accommodate enterprise mobility with state-of-the-art technology and value-added mobile cloud services. "CIOs will need to look out for companies that are able to continue innovating with their mobile entities to enable an agile environment, while still lowering the complexity that often haunts mobile enterprise deployments,” says Cathal McGloin, VP Mobile Platforms at Red Hat.