According to Global News Wire, the enterprise mobility market is the set of people, processes and technology focused on managing mobile devices, wireless networks, and other mobile computing services in a business context. Enterprise mobility will not only top IT investments in 2016, it’s going to increase considerably in the coming years. A new report by Zion Research shows that the global enterprise mobility market was valued at 85 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach 200 billion by 2020. The drivers of this incredible market growth include employee demand for mobile workstyles, and operational, revenue, and cost advantages.
Gone are the days when IT was a niche knowledge set relegated to a few employees in a company. IT is readily available to consumers and has been widely adopted by consumers in the developed and developing world. As personal mobile device use inside and outside the workplace increases, companies are adopting BYOD policies to adapt to this trend. A recent report by Citrix surveyed 1,900 IT decision makers around the globe regarding mobile workstyles and showed the top drivers are requests from employees, response to people using their own devices in the workplace, and the introduction of cost-cutting measures. This makes mobile workstyles a win-win situation for employees and businesses alike.
The same survey found that mobile employees benefit from increased flexibility and increased productivity. Employees reported being able to reduce or avoid stressful commutes – saving them time and energy – and they benefitted from increased communication with coworkers and vendors through mobile device use. In addition, companies benefitted from reduced overhead and real estate costs. By using personal mobile devices for work purposes, employees assume a share of the IT costs of the company. In addition, the Citrix report found that fewer desks are being allocated per employee across the globe. A different study on the state of business mobility released by VMWare showed that 73% of companies that adopted mobility strategies decreased IT operational staff time by 29%, increased sales by 25%, and reduced total management costs by 20%.
Mobile workstyles can only facilitate productivity and cut costs when implemented correctly. Flexible work environments rely on a whole host of technologies, including desktop virtualization, mobile device management, and application virtualization. The Boopsie mobile app for corporate libraries can play a strong role in any company’s mobile strategy by making the company’s expensive subscriptions available to employees through any mobile device, saving employee’s time, and the company money. Investing in mobile applications and device use is a great way for your company to make the most of its resources while responding to employee’s mobile demands. Boopsie successfully launched its first major enterprise mobile app with British Petroleum, one of the 10 largest companies in the world. Contact Boopsie for more to learn how easy and scalable a corporate knowledge management app can be for your company’s library and training materials.