5 Trends That will Shape Enterprise Mobility in 2014
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5 Trends That will Shape Enterprise Mobility in 2014

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The number of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) enterprises is increasing at an ever accelerating rate. Gartner has published a list of technology trends that will have a major impact on company strategies for next few years. These trends will open up new opportunities, help the companies to become more efficient and initiate completely new developments. Here’s a list of five selected trends from Gartner’s report that are forecasted to influence corporate mobility and enterprise application development.

1.  Number of Mobile Employees is Likely to Triple

This year, companies will see a sharp rise in the number of mobile employees, who use their own devices for work. According to Gartner, it is highly possible that the number of mobile employees will triple in 2014. This incredible rate of growth will make companies think more about their BOYD approach and review their principles regarding the use of personal devices at workplace. Also, when corporate data is travelling through the personal devices of the employees, the issue of ensuring security of data becomes a priority. In 2014, enterprises need to establish clear regulations to achieve a balanced state that provides flexible enterprise mobility without comprising on data security.

2. Change in the Development Environment for Enterprise Applications

HTML5, along with the improved JavaScript performance, will continue to change the development environment for enterprise applications. Developers need to emphasize more on creating leaner and flatter user interfaces with better functionalities, for instance seamless integration of videos. Another big challenge for developers will be establishing links between web or mobile apps and large applications like SAP. The key issue here is to create app user interface that runs smoothly on a wide range of different devices. Developers need to use a variety of different tools since a single development platform to face all the challenges efficiently is yet to emerge.

3. The Internet of Things will Create New Opportunities

The era of the Internet of Things is almost here. Now, more and more appliances and everyday objects are getting connected to the web in addition to PCs, smartphones and tabs. This expansion of the internet has opened up a number of new opportunities for businesses and the future development of enterprise applications is bound to take this expanding internet into consideration. In 2014, we are likely to experience the growth of enterprise applications to the internet of things, as per expert opinion.

4. Companies will Adopt Hybrid Cloud Services

In the face of interlinked applications and use of cloud services, companies will have to integrate offerings from external services in their personal clouds. The trend of hybridization between private cloud and external applications will continue to grow bigger in 2014. This trend will help a new sector of market that specialists are calling Cloud Service Brokers (CSBs), which will adapt hybrid cloud services for customers. According to Gartner, cloud computing brokerage services will become the largest single market niche for cloud services by 2015.

5. The Cloud will be the Primary Location for Data Management

Private cloud service for companies is no more a luxury, rather an imperative in today’s world. However, in the coming years, the use of personal cloud is likely to shift from centralized devices towards services. Centralized devices such as PCs will still be in use, but the trend of using multiple devices (mostly handheld smart devices) will continue to increase heavily and consequently, the cloud will become the primary space for storing, managing, administering and distributing data.

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