Growing enterprise mobility market should spur productivity

October 22, 2014

To no one's surprise, mobile devices are poised to play an integral role in the future of the enterprise. To that end, Mobile Market Portal looked at research from 451 Research and found that the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market is forecasted to reach a total size of $9.6 billion by 2018.

EMM set to be a foundational element of the workplace
EMM in general includes areas such as mobile device management, application management, email containers, mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) and workflow virtualization. All of these aspects of EMM are critical as employees come to expect the flexibility to work when, where and how they please. As mobile device prices decline and their capabilities grow, workers are becoming more dependent on them especially in the BYOD workplaces that are cropping up in several industries.

"Mobile apps in the enterprise are growing in importance and are the key to driving business transformation, and EMM will play a key role in putting these apps in the hands of users. As companies move from a reactive to a mobile-first strategy, EMM technologies will be the foundation for any deployment," said Chris Hazelton research director for 451 Research's enterprise mobility channel.

Employees can be even more productive
Despite the impressive levels of productivity that have marked the rise in BYOD workplaces, some analysts believe that the potential of a mobile workplace has yet to be fully tapped.

IT Pro Portal reported that this year's Mobile Productivity Survey showed 93 percent of respondents said their workplace saw an increase in productivity due to staff using mobile devices for work away from the office. Even more notable was that 47 percent claimed that a higher degree of mobility caused a sizable increase in productivity.

Even the slightest increase in productivity can pay huge dividends for a business, and though managers are pleased with the gains their mobile workforce has made, many believe there is room for more improvements. According to the survey, 71 percent of respondents said they believed that their employees can be more productive.

Recent mobile innovations have centered around email, file sharing and remote access to company data through cloud computing. These functions are what have driven productivity growth. IT Pro Portal noted that the next big boost in employee productivity will be communications – video conferencing and workflow management. As these functions are shored up through further development, another critical part in the BYOD workplace will be in place.