Over the past year, we have witnessed the unrelenting advance and proliferation of Internet-connected devices, be they wearables, or industrial sensors connected to the internet. In its report of the top 10 technology trends to note in 2016, Gartner coined the phrase "device mesh" to describe this phenomenon.
This, coupled with the continued mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, is leading to a rapidly rising number of endpoints that are used to access information through various devices and methods.
What makes matters complicated for corporate IT is how these end-points increasingly run on a spread of platforms — soon, we'll be talking about not just Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, but also Apple's Watch OS, Android Wear, Samsung's Tizen OS, and more.
After all, it is inevitable for wearable and Internet of Things devices to become more independently powerful, increasing their demand for data and permissions to access corporate resources. For example, it is not a far stretch to imagine your smartwatch downloading emails directly to local storage instead of through a companion smartphone.
However, the basic conundrum remains: individual employees want and seek seamless access to software and solutions across the full of range of devices they use. In turn, organisations have to find effective solutions to provide a consistent user experience beyond the limitations of platforms, devices or physical locations.
In order to meet the needs and expectations of all these users, be they employees or customers and whether they prefer an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy S6, Parallels has witnessed an increase in businesses across Asia who are interested in how desktop virtualisation and remote application delivery solutions can help them keep up with the growth of these endpoints.
Moving into 2016, as the so-called device mesh evolves and expands into a complex infrastructure that comprises both physical and digital devices, we expect interest in virtualisation and application delivery models to hit an all-time high in the coming year.
This will be especially relevant in areas where businesses are looking deeper at creating effective solutions to secure and manage BYOD and mobility in their workplace.
Virtualisation overcomes the native limitations of a device, and delivers applications to any device securely. Centralised management of virtualised applications reduces IT administration costs and ensures uninterrupted productivity. It is also cost-effective, making the remote publishing application affordable for any SMB.
Furthermore, redesigning the process around software-defined application services will enable web-scale performance and provide on-premise and cloud architecture flexibility.
This will help IT departments preserve the ambient user experience and continuity across device mesh boundaries, empowering greater employee satisfaction and business success in 2016.
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