Due to the quickly changing nature of the work environment, there’s an increased sense of pressure for businesses to be agile, flexible and lean in terms of the structures they adopt.
Even so, expect vendors specializing in a more traditional hardware to continue to make new devices smaller (with the goal of providing the appearance of a smartphone) as well as increasing Android support.
Also, expect hybrid solutions to become standard since the variety of available devices prevents a one-size-fits-all mentality.
In addition, expect the following two advancement to enterprise mobility in the near future…
IoT maturing from hype to reality
IoT has been the buzzworthy phrase of late and for good reason. There has been a steady increase in the amount of IoT devices that companies may have adopted without even thinking about it. (For example, coffee makers that request their own service from an engineer if they become broken and printers that order their own toner.)
We are still on the cusp of what IoT devices can (and will) do in the future, and there is still plenty of room for both enterprise mobility and the IoT to grow.
Increase in workforce mobilization
We live in the age of instant gratification. We want everything instantly and as cheaply as possible. This has put businesses under a great deal of pressure to meet lofty goals and hold onto a competitive advantage.
It is highly likely, therefore, that we will see a continued increase in the services that mobile workers will be offered and will manage. This increase will lead to the need for reliable solutions for these workers. If the solutions in place were to fail, it is likely that the brand would face financial penalties due to breach of service.
These mobile employees are also likely to become disengaged with the enterprise mobility process (and revert to their old ways) if reliable solutions are not met.