The shift to remote work in the wake of the pandemic has led organizations to move their investments to enterprise mobility apps as key enablers of all-time business productivity.
Enterprise mobility solutions empower companies to increase worker efficiency, collaboration, and agility with real-time anywhere access to required tools and information. No surprise, the global enterprise mobility market is expected to reach $152 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 29.3%.
In parts one and two of our Mobile Trends blog series, we’ve discussed the value of mobile-first strategy and mobility’s role for post-pandemic recovery and growth. Today we’ll focus on enterprise mobility and key technologies fueling this trend in 2023.
Initially, the concept of enterprise mobility was associated with device security and email access. Now enterprise mobility solutions have shifted towards a strategic objective of mobilizing company data.
Forward-thinking enterprises are looking for ways to improve workforce productivity by ensuring their employees have secure access to accurate and timely information on the go. However, apart from the mobile-first strategy, as discussed in our previous blog, this often involves cloud adoption.
For enterprises, moving to cloud-based mobility solutions means increasing their scalability, efficiency, and accessibility. Through facilitating scalable data management, improving mobile security, and expanding employee access to company data, cloud provides enterprises an advanced degree of flexibility, making data a ubiquitous business resource.
However, cloud-based enterprise mobility solutions can also impose some security-related complexities, especially with the growing number of endpoints and devices that have access to company data and networks. Yet, with an experienced implementation partner, businesses can ensure an appropriate level of authentication to properly balance the solution's usability with the security needs of the enterprise.
For mobile-mature companies, the shift to remote/hybrid work environments has expanded enterprise mobility use cases to the management of all devices used by mobile employees. This fostered growth of the unified endpoint management (UEM) approach—a technology strategy that unifies and centralizes how enterprises manage devices.
Companies add UEM features to their enterprise mobility solutions to support the demands of the “anywhere workforce”, allowing employees to easily and securely switch context between home and office. This includes location-agnostic automated device enrollment, operating system and app patching, as well as integration with identity, remote access, and endpoint security tools.
UEM also plays a crucial role in distributing applications for the return to work stage, including health and safety apps and tools. And a growing number of enterprises embed experience analytics in their UEM enterprise mobility solutions to better understand employee experiences and ultimately facilitate a safer and more convenient work environment.
The proliferation of connected devices (expected to reach 41 billion by 2027) and their rapid adoption stimulate enterprises to find ways to better manage and control these devices. This increases the use of IoT-powered mobile solutions helping companies capture and manage valuable data to refine their strategies, boost workforce connectivity, and increase process efficiency.
IoT and enterprise mobility present the perfect symbiosis, helping enterprises:
Provide an array of mobile, wearable, and connected devices to better connect and collaborate in real-time.
Access business-critical data on the go for more accurate decision-making and issue-handling.
Enable remote system updates and real-time performance monitoring.
Track and examine customer interactions to better serve them in the mobile moments of need.
As companies switch to remote or hybrid work environments, enterprise mobility becomes an urgent imperative rather than a nice-to-have solution. Cloud, IoT, AI, and other technologies create a new hyperconnected enterprise reality, imposing an increased focus on workplace safety, productivity, and security.
Yet, the universe of enterprise mobility solutions is highly complex. And to realize their transformative potential, companies need to reimagine existing approaches and embrace a holistic approach grounded in strategy, mobile security, and design-first thinking.
Where are you in the enterprise mobility journey?
How are ensuring access to required data and tools for employees?