CIOs Preoccupied with Enterprise Mobility as New Year Looms

Businessman uses the new media technologies and devices to work successfully.As 2014 rapidly winds to a close, high on the list of priorities for all CIOs as the New Year looms is Enterprise Mobility.

According to Ovum’s 2015 TrendstoWatch: Enterprise Mobility report, consumerization (i.e. the impact of technology designed first and foremost for consumers) “has driven the enterprise mobility market over the last few years, and Ovum has identified the five key trends in mobile consumerization that will have the biggest impact on businesses in 2015.”
Per Ovum’s estimates, the enterprise mobility trends to watch in 2015 include:

  1. The “mobility mismatch” between employers and employees will persist, even as enterprise IT departments get to grips with consumerization.
  2. More businesses will think beyond BYOD – the distinction is formal versus informal and managed versus unmanaged.
  3. More enterprises will frame enterprise mobility management (EMM) in a workspace strategy.
  4. Senior line-of-business executives will apply pressure, not just employees.
  5. SMEs and the vendors that sell to them should expect 2015 to be more mobile-centric.

“While pressure from end users continues to have an impact on the shape of the EMM market, it is time for enterprises to become more proactive with their mobility strategies and look for ways that mobile devices – whether corporate or employee-owned – and apps can work in tandem with other endpoints to transform the way that people work,” says Richard Absalom, senior analyst for enterprise mobility at Ovum.

“Vendors and service providers in the space need to keep expanding the range of features and services that they offer to meet the growing range of demands, and they will also need to continue to build effective partnerships, especially in support of large, global organizations which expect and demand consistent global service delivery,” Absalom adds.