Tech Trends That Will Affect Enterprise Mobility in 2016

By Dennis Doyel, COO

The chill in the air can only mean one thing – it’s time for predictions for 2016. If you’ve begun to evaluate your strategic technology needs for the coming year, then you’ll want to keep in mind the following IT and enterprise mobility trends. And, if you haven’t yet started planning for your 2016 technology strategy, then there’s no time like the present.

To begin your preparations, here’s what you need to know about the trends that will affect enterprise mobility in the coming year:

Trend #1: IT budgets will remain relatively flat.

Despite expectations for company revenues to increase, planned spending on IT hardware, software and services will increase by only about 0.7 percent in 2016, according to the IT professional network Spiceworks. As such, IT teams will be expected to do more with less and many will look to move more services to the cloud as well as outsource non-strategic areas of their business.

Trend #2: Enterprise mobility will continue to be seen as a tool to keep the lights on.

Company leadership will continue to see mobility as a pressing issue to address now and in the future. Staying on top of mobile devices to maintain employee productivity is a necessary task for IT departments, but CIOs will not want to spend unnecessary time and resources on it.

Trend #3: Fraud will continue to plague mobile devices.

As more and more people use their cell phones to make purchases and access company networks, hackers will focus their efforts even more on mobile devices. Data breaches have become so commonplace that Fortune magazine even predicts that a major security company will get hacked in 2016.

Trend #4: Companies will pay more for mobile telecom.

Analyst firm Gartner says enterprises should expect an increase of 16% on mobile telecom spending by 2016. Finding ways to reduce enterprise mobility spending without risking data security and employee productivity will be a priority for 2016.

Trend #5: “Device mesh” will come on the scene.

The device mesh is a term coined by Gartner and described as including “mobile devices, wearable, consumer and home electronic devices, automotive devices and environmental devices — such as sensors in the Internet of Things (IoT).” This expansion of connected systems will have major implications for technology departments, especially when it comes to keeping data secure.

If you need help preparing your company for 2016 and beyond, Mobile Solutions is here. We take the guesswork out of mobile expense management and give you the intel you need to make more strategic decisions about your IT budget. Talk to us today so that you can be ready for tomorrow.