The popularity of mobile technologies is expected to have a significant impact on the future IT landscape. Mobile solutions designed to support employee-owned devices like smartphones and tablets will be crucial in helping companies enable this mobile workforce. Although these products are backed by vast ecosystems of applications, more firms will create their own unique apps to suit their personnel.
A recent Gartner report indicated that 25 percent of all enterprises will operate their own enterprise application stores for PCs and mobile devices by 2017. The research firm explained that this will help companies have greater control over the apps used by staff members and take a stronger position when negotiating with vendors.
The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon has gained steam in recent years with the brisk adoption of smartphones and tablets. Looking ahead, the industry will experience a bring-your-own-application (BYOA) trend that will be as important as BYOD, according to Gartner Research Vice President Ian Finley.
“Enterprise app stores promise at least a partial solution but only if IT security, application, procurement and sourcing professionals can work together to successfully apply the app store concept to their enterprises,” Finley said. “When successful, they can increase the value delivered by the application portfolio and reduce the associated risks, license fees and administration expenses.”
Mobility, other technologies keeping IT afloat
The popularity of mobile technologies and other solutions like cloud computing and big data is significant for many reasons. Each type of functionality undoubtedly offers companies new ways to do business, but they also are keeping IT positive. A recent report by IT nonprofit CompTIA suggested that the global tech industry will experience growth of at least 3 percent in 2013, with a potential high of 5.2 percent, due in large part from these trends. The U.S. market has a ceiling of 4.9 percent and a floor of 2.9 percent.
Despite some concerns regarding how the potential fiscal cliff may impact the IT industry as a whole, tech has never been more crucial, Tim Herbert, CompTIA research vice president, asserted.
CompTIA said that mobility will become “a way of life” for both consumers and employees moving forward. For workers especially, mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops represent a new way to access corporate documents. Paired with cloud computing, which is accessible through the internet, the modern worker can be connected anywhere.