For 15 years, enterprise mobility has changed the way employees live, work and process information through first generation mobile apps and content delivery. 2015 marks the end of this evolutionary stage, and the beginning of the next decade of innovation and transformation for Mobile First businesses.
Here are five changes that will disrupt the computing status quo in 2015:
1. Revenue-generating business processes will go mobile.
In 2015, broad-based mobile adoption, cutting across industries and sectors, is expected to gain speed, as more companies will begin to leverage mobile as their platform for transaction, relationship management, and customer reach. Mobile is already the primary interface between company and customer in many industries, such as banking, retail, and entertainment. Public companies will underscore their mobile strategies as a key driver of their competitive advantage and business growth.
2. Windows 10 will herald the death of the PC economy.
The PC economy with its anti-virus agents, system images, VDI, and VPN solutions, will gradually but surely go away. With Windows 10, Microsoft will attempt to bridge the gap between PC and mobile technologies by shifting the Windows operating system to a modern, sandboxed architecture. The expensive, complex, and hard-to-secure Win32 apps world will slowly die as apps modernization programs hasten the demise of the system image and rid everyone from "DLL Hell". The transition to secure modern apps, started by iOS and Android, will be completed by Microsoft.
3. Wearables will usher in data snacking.
The launch of the Apple Watch will absolutely drive enormous consumer adoption, which in turn will translate to employee demand to use smart watches at work. "Data snacking" will emerge as an industry term for wearable apps that are purpose-built to serve up small bursts of data with very simple response actions. An example is the notification of key communications or of workflow completion. This success will create a halo effect for the entire wearables category. Wearables will become the first instance of the Internet of Things (IoT) to deliver tangible value to the enterprise end user.
4. Privacy missteps will hit hard as mobile devices become life-critical.
Employee confidence in the prowess of an organization to protect their data privacy is instrumental for every enterprise looking for adoption of any mobile service. The advent of Apple Pay, HealthKit, and HomeKit on iOS will reinforce that even corporate devices will be used for personal tasks critical to the employee's well-being. As a result, missteps in privacy will be punitive, as the recent Sony Pictures breach has shown, and employees will not hesitate to take their companies to task. The privacy battle has to be fought on two fronts, meeting regulator requirements and winning the trust of the employee base.
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