Increasing Mobility with the Changing Digital Landscape
“BYOD,” “CYOD,” and “EMM,” these are perhaps few of the common terminologies that are doing rounds in the past few years.
They stand for “Bring Your Own Device,” “Choose Your Own Device,” and “Enterprise Mobility Management.” There are many such acronyms that refer to various aspects of enterprise mobility.
This blog is, however, not about acronyms; rather its focus would be on the implications of enterprise mobility or EMobility in terms of driving changes within enterprises, particularly by equipping their workforce digitally and streamlining the logistics.
Just take a look at the following statistics to have a glimpse about digital mobility. In 2017:
• The number of smartphone users will be nearly 3 billion
• There will be 2.2 billion of PCs, laptops, and tablet users
• Nearly 77 percent full-time employees will use their smartphones for work
• As much as 69.2 percent employees will access business data from their own smartphone or tablet
• Almost 66.4 percent employees will use their personal laptops for work occasionally
• Close to 68.8 employees, who are tablet owners will use the device for work
In this digital whirlwind, Software as a Service (SaaS) is said to be the primary source of application delivery. With its help, users can access corporate apps and data from multiple devices.
To make things easier, virtual client technologies are providing a safe operating environment to access the business systems while storing corporate data. In this way, there will not be any dependency on hardware and employees get the freedom to choose a device that suits them.
In June 2015, a report by Gartner, a leading research and advisory firm forecast that enterprise mobility is going to outpace the existing development capacity by five to one by the end of 2017.
The prediction may sound a little ambitious right now, but it’s surely achievable considering how fast mobile apps are becoming an integral part of enterprise mobility.
What has the Future in Store?
It is already evident that enterprise mobility services will be a core focus area for organizations in the coming years. It will expedite the implementation of task-specific apps and employee engagement apps.
In 2016, enterprises that operate in the industries such as manufacturing, logistics, construction, energy/utilities, technology and healthcare embraced the technology.
Increased productivity, cost-effectiveness and higher revenue that have helped them stay ahead of the competition. In addition, enterprise mobility enables employees to work remotely by getting them access to business information and tools on the go. Whether it’s to communicate the latest business info or streamline a process, EMobility has got the attention of many organizations.
Organizations with fragmented or distributed workforce, are finding enterprise mobility technologies as a tool to overcome communication loopholes. It is different from using filtering devices by the IT departments as many employees are allowed to use their own devices. No matter whether there is a specific BYOD policy or not, workers are using their smartphones for tasks such as checking or sending emails, managing calendar, accessing business-specific data and using remote files.
Enterprise Mobility Trends that will be norms:
1. The growth of IoT
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key element when inter-connecting physical devices. Though it is difficult to predict the potential size of the IoT market, the scope is undoubtedly immense. IoT enables entities such as businesses, consumers and governments to connect to and manage IoT devices in the areas such as agriculture, energy, manufacturing, transportation and others.
2. The rise of mobile analytics
Mobile analytics and its increased usage will help enterprises determine which devices to offer to employees through the mobility programs that include BYOD or a hybrid along with suitable service or data plans. These result in lower overages, higher efficiencies and more employee engagement.
3. Mobile apps for improved performance
Though consumer apps are already quite popular and becoming more efficient, going forward, the focus will be more on mobile apps for enterprise usage. Such implementations will improve loading times regardless of network connectivity. In addition, when a device is connected, the app won’t just be serving the user’s present needs, it will also work effectively to serve the users when offline.
4. EMM taking the centre stage
The emergence of iOS and Android for business a few years back created a new market for device security. Companies such as MobileIron, AirWatch and SOTI came up with device-based enterprise mobility software known as EMM. In the coming years, we will see this market mature and more specializations will be available.
How the Enterprise Mobility Makes Logistics Effective
The drastic improvement of a logistics company’s work process is possible due to potential improvement in the three key areas. They are mentioned below:
1. Flexibility in Work Scheduling – With the help of enterprise mobility, companies, particularly in the logistics industry can achieve greater flexibility to fulfil end customer’s needs.
2. Higher Quality Service – By improving coordination regardless of distance, the digitally equipped workforce can provide better quality service through EMobility. This will result in happier customers.
3. Seamless Communication & Low-cost Maintenance – As EMobility is turning enterprise workforce into a knowledge workforce, they will be able to add value by managing, interpreting, consuming and delivering information to an end user in an uninterrupted manner. This will reduce unplanned downtime due to logistical hassles, minimal maintenance cost and increased revenues.
These days, many retailers of various types and sizes are opting for advanced technology-based logistics solutions through device-based Wi-Fi, LTE/WiMAX and WAN, as they offer more flexibility and higher efficiency when it comes to delivery. On top of it, professional logistics service providers are helping organizations to mobilize their workforce, following the digital footsteps.
As a retail business owner, your primary concerns are managing your warehouse, inventory and logistics seamlessly. By connecting a mobile warehouse management app to all your assets, you can get complete visibility of the entire supply chain. Also, integration with automated parcel locker terminals can help you track and ship packages in an efficient and streamlined way.
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