CBR asks IT industry experts for their insights into what 2015 has in store for BYOD and mobility.
BYOD, CYOD, BYOIoT – so many acronyms which point to one key topic. Mobility. As business and personal lives become ever more mobile, CBR looks to IT industry experts to tell us what to expect in the mobility arena in 2015.
1. Mobility will be expected
Invu CTO Stuart Evans commented: "While IT departments are still trying to spell BYOD (Bring your own device), the population as a whole is now used to, and expect, mobility. Desktop sales are in steep decline and smartphones, touch-laptops and tablets dominate. Humans now expect data to come to them."
"Software vendors now have to add a twist of mobile to anything they do – which can be a shock for some. Mobility will continue to grow into an expected aspect of business solutions – with iOS and Android devices leading demand with Windows Mobile a poor third place."
2. 2015 will mark the year of the enterprise mobile app
Yorgen Edholm, CEO at Accellion, predicts: "There will be more emphasis on serving the needs of the mobile user this year, which I think will be the year of the enterprise mobile applications."
"The IBM/Apple partnership and HP’s push into the mobility market illustrate just how large this market has the potential to be. So far, the apps created for enterprise use have been a mobile skin on existing desktop solutions."
"In 2015 enterprises will be looking to develop new, native applications that take true advantage of the mobile device form factor and unique mobile features to create streamlined business processes."
3. Multiple identity disorder
Choose your own device (CYOD) will take over BYOD, where companies will offer employees a device of their choosing, that helps them carry out their job most productively", said Phil Turner, VP EMEA at Okta.
"Users will want apps that are secure, but do not need passwords – managing identity will be native to the app, and users and businesses will face the "multiple identity disorder" – the proliferation of cloud applications being adopted, alongside on-premise applications create a challenge of trying to remember how to access all of these identity silos. We will face a battle on where a user/business’ true identity resides."
4. BYOD will evolve into BYOIoT
Mark O’Neill, VP Innovation at Axway, commented: "BYOD will evolve into BYOIoT in 2015, which means businesses will need to wake up to the potential risks that come with employees using wearable devices. At the onset of 2014, smartwatches were for early adopters, but when Apple joined the fray it accelerated the wearable tech revolution. The number and variety of wearable devices is set to explode in 2015, and enter the workplace."
"But the apps they are built on are only as strong as the ecosystem around them, the mobile apps, social media APIs and website interface to analyse the data, will need to evolve at the same rate as the devices themselves.