Enterprise mobility management (EMM) is poised to become one of the driving forces of business growth in 2018. No longer limited to advanced enterprises, even smaller firms are adapting to this technological innovation. The enterprise mobility management trends will be driven by three distinct factors — growing software and hardware complexities, mobile management compliance, and privacy concerns within the office space. As the focus of the organizations slowly changes from a device-based approach to a more full-fledged enterprise mobility management strategy, new trends will create a paradigm shift in the global business operations. Check out some of these trends below:
More consumers and enterprises are adopting IoT, and the number of IoT gadgets will soon surpass the total number of smartphones across the world. What’s more, IoT devices are on the verge of becoming the biggest connected devices group, increasing at a 23 percent compounded annual growth rate from 2015 to 2021. The overall number of IoT devices is expected to hit the 16 billion mark by 2021. Thus, businesses have a limited amount of time to create an enterprise mobility strategy, and they need to realize the urgency of the situation. This will provide them with the benefits of being an early entrant into the market that is about to attain maturity within the next few years.
Advancements in user-focused technology
It’s been a few years since the mobile revolution began, and already mobile users surpass the number of desktop Internet users. Pretty soon, mobile users will be rescued from the limitations inherent to desktops and laptops since they will be offered more features compared to desktop users. For example, location-based business applications will provide new layers of functionality along with previously unrealized features. Moreover, apps are now capable of reminding users about their daily appointment schedule whenever they enter their workplace.
A lot more functionalities and features are waiting to be realized in future, including proximity marketing, keyless access, asset tracking, employee tracking, and more. Such developments will change the way we interact with our surroundings. They will keep us hyper-aware.
Unified endpoint management goes mainstream
CIOs are under a lot of pressure, trying to manage the never-ending array of mobiles, printers, computers, OS, and IoT devices. Plus, they need to maintain the highest level of security throughout the network at the same time. As a result, many CIOs had been looking forward to unified endpoint management solutions for quite some time. That technology, even though still not widely available, is on the wishlist of several enterprises. Aside from key players like IBM, newer companies will enter the market this year bringing their personal solution in tow, thereby making the whole sector extremely competitive. Moreover, CIOs will find it easier to handle EMM.
EMM security harnesses AI’s power
The growing number of cyberattacks has brought the subject of enterprise-level security into the spotlight. To fight stronger malware and uncover hidden threats, security brands have now turned toward AI. The newest developments in artificial intelligence should provide the necessary leverage to combat malware that is becoming more ingenious and complex with each passing day. The growing trend of migrating to the cloud also poses several security risks that will force governments to take immediate action and implement regulatory frameworks that warrant stricter security features on the part of enterprise mobility solutions.
More intelligent apps
Google Assistant offered the world a glimpse into the yet untapped potential of intelligent apps with its contextual search capabilities. But more developments are on the horizon. Predictive analytics and real-time data generation have progressed quickly in the last couple of years, allowing the top tech players to come up with their own smart software.
Intelligent apps will collect data from various sources, including phones, social media, wearables, and browser history. The more information they access, the more efficiently they’ll be able to predict the choices of the users. At the same time, they will have the power to differentiate between irrelevant and relevant details, thereby offering a solution to possible problems before they even happen.
From increasingly personalized experiences to a considerable boost in user productivity levels, intelligent apps can be used in countless ways. And given enough time, these apps are going to alter the tech landscape forever.
BYOD gets a makeover
The entire concept of BYOD (bring your own device) has hit several roadblocks in the current generation, especially due to growing concerns about compliance and privacy in the field of mobile device management. Organizations need a sort of middle ground so they can push back on the number of employee-owned devices or even permit the staff to carry their personal devices to the workplace. Thus, the BYOD makeover is achievable via the creation of more practical and reasonable approaches.
Role of mobile virtual network operators
The steady growth of mobile virtual network operators is part of a larger approach towards providing bundled and targeted mobility solutions to various companies. The MVNOs differ considerably from mobile carriers and provide the enterprises with the hard-to-beat advantage of virtual reality technology.
But considerable technology and cost limitations will prevent the full-scale implementation of the mobile virtual network operators in the present business ecosystem. However, there is no reason why you should not see them in action, albeit at a smaller scale, in the near future.
Android is becoming an option
The launch of the newest Pixel smartphones and Android for Work devices have cleared the path for the eventual takeover of the corporate sector by Android. While iOS remains the most popular platform for mobile devices owned by the company, Android has recently begun to gain ground throughout multiple industry verticals. In fact, 2017 saw a 30 percent gain in the share of Android. However, if this trend is to continue unabated, Google must do more to solidify the security of corporate data throughout Android-enabled gadgets.
Enterprise mobility management: Evolving fast
The enterprise mobility management space is evolving rapidly, and if you want your business to stay abreast of the newest trends and developments, you need to take a closer look at the industry. Everywhere technology is giving rise to more convenience and security features, and enterprise mobility management is taking advantage of that to further its own industry and help your business.
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