Now that BYOD is all the rage, IT managed services are starting to realize that the smart money is on mobile. With more enterprises structuring budgets to ensure that workers have convenient access to the corporate network from virtually any device, it’s arguably one of the most lucrative channels to target for providers in search of trends to reshape their business models around. The opportunities to cash in are abundant, but challenges may lie in some of the most unlikely of places, including the transportation vertical.
Enterprise Mobility in Turbo Speed
In the eyes of Elon Musk, PayPal founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, manufacturing energy-efficient hybrid cars is only a small sample of what is possible on the transportation front. He has a vision, an incredibly detailed vision that sees an innovative mode of traveling called the “Hyperloop” taking people from point A to point B in futuristic fashion.
Thought up by Musk and space transportation specialist SpaceX, the Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation theory that isn’t quite on the Jetsons plateau, yet far more advanced than anything currently getting us around at or near ground level. The system is made of capsules, which passengers ride in as they zoom through an elevated, low-pressure tube at a warping 800 miles per hour. According to Musk, Hyperloop could either transport people, or both people and cars, depending on how much money is put into developing it.
Potential IT Savvy
From what I’ve been able to gather, each capsule of the Hyperloop is decked out with comfortable seats, a pleasing landscape to look at, and a personal entertainment system to keep passengers occupied along the ride. With the Greater Los Angeles Area and San Francisco Bay Area, the suggested route, being a major transportation hub, I picture high-speed internet as a basic luxury in one of several technical amenities that might be incorporated to accommodate the mobile workforce.
The Hyperloop, which might very well be akin to an IT infrastructure on wheels, could theoretically affect MSPs in a variety of areas, including:
Costs. In order to help clients control operating costs, providers would likely require advanced roaming functionality that notifies them when end-user devices have crossed over into different networks.
Access. Customers will demand seamless access and superior performance when leveraging the transportation network to access remote systems.
Compatibility. MSPs will need to make sure their remote monitoring and management (RMM) platforms and other existing management tools integrate with newly introduced network protocols so clients enjoy a secure and efficient service.
Where the Future Lies
According to a report by iPass, the future of the mobile workforce will be molded by WiFi and the BYOD trend. The report suggests that finding a way to capitalize on their growth is vital for IT companies. Here are some related takeaways I found interesting:
59 percent of employees have paid more than $20 to use Wi-Fi on a one-time basis. 24 percent paid $30 or more for the same one-time usage.
71 percent of employees research the availability of Wi-Fi hotspots before traveling abroad. This trend was most common in Asia, followed by Europe and North America.
Employees work remotely in a wide variety of places, including the 29 percent that do so using buses, trains, subways and other forms of public transportation.
Whether it’s driven by a space age concept like the Hyperloop or existing transportation methods that adopt more IT-friendly infrastructures, we are inching towards a world that enables workers to be highly productive from departure to arrival and every point in between. As the world turns, IT companies will be positioned to earn a nice chunk of recurring revenue from clients looking to tap into these trends and enjoy the ultimate in enterprise mobility. The providers that can support their needs in affordable, timely, and secure fashion will have a huge edge on the competition front.
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