Enterprise mobility has taken a central place in the technological advancements made in the past few years. It has gelled well with the other latest game changing technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). The coming years will continue to witness Enterprise Mobility Solutions as one of the top preferred IT investment areas like the past years 2017 and 2016. The applauses gathered for integrating the various innovations, revolutionizing the digital world, and contributing tremendously to the user experience are expected to be heard with a much louder roar in 2018. The recent importance being given to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) stands to offer tremendous opportunities to its users by way of cloud-based services, hybrid solutions, on-premises software and so on. New entrants into the enterprise mobility field are technologies like Mobile Device Management (MDM) which has to be set on solid grounds to tackle the future challenges. However, despite the past two glorious years of the rapid spread of enterprise mobility and its positive impacts on the business world, the future is not expected to be without roadblocks and pitfalls. There is a constant need to achieve higher levels of compatibility in order to be in line with the insatiable demands of the robustly evolving mobility market.
Here are a few (out of the many) challenges to be encountered by enterprise mobility in the following year:
Adaptation rather than adoption
The mere adoption of enterprise mobility into the business is not sufficient, but the adaptation of the entire system to the newly introduced program is the key to its success. The organizations are yet to overcome the fear of a failed adoption owing to the inability to acquire the competent skills essential for planning, supporting, and operating the associated mobility technologies. Keeping a constant check on the issues encountered and hindrances faced will smoothen the adoption process and help the adaptation of various segments of the business to the newly introduced technologies.
Constant upgrade is a must for functionality
The organization adopting enterprise mobility needs to constantly track, manage and upgrade its technologies to keep up with the market. The delivery of the mobile apps, in addition, requires a pool of tools, labor-intense processes, indicating an increased load and a reduced efficiency. This needs to be tackled at each level at regular intervals. The rising complaints of inaccessible applications, data, and information on grounds of security can only be handled with constant attention given to the minute details of the glitches encountered.
Security till date stands to be the greatest hurdle
Despite the endless opportunities and benefits endowed upon the businesses by the associated services, Enterprise mobility in the coming years continues to face the greatest issue since its initiation- security, and compliance. The inbuilt requirement which extends the access to multiple devices and locations poses challenges which often take over the success of the system on the whole. There is an urgent need for generation and a widespread adherence to a privacy and security compliance policy, especially in the backdrop of the prevalence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at workplaces.
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Skill shortage to become more prominent
The enterprise mobility solutions landscape necessitates the involvement of an increased number of the competently skilled labor force at right intervals and for right processes. The technologically advanced fields of networking, cybersecurity and the like are till date drowned in a serious skill crunch which needs to be fulfilled on a priority-basis to successfully tap into prospective opportunities.
Building up competency among workers
In order to avoid the over-complication of the system which becomes an amalgamation of devices, processes, and technologies, a proper framework is required to be in place. The workers need to be trained in spheres unknown to the technological and business world before, necessitating a programme of education, set of guidelines, research for best practices, etc. Along with this, an active and interested workforce is a must which has to be intertwined with the overall technology in the system through deeper communication networks.
Businesses need to overcome these challenges soon to successfully choose the right tools, devices, technologies, and platforms for effectively converting their efforts into competitive and advanced applications. The past experiences can be treated as learning opportunities which ought to be soon transformed into success stories.
Proficiency of employees also gets affected. For an employee, learning the new system and getting used to it takes time. Whereas when his/her machine is the mobile phone itself, it becomes so much easier. Accessing data and working through their mobile phone means they don’t have to learn anything. They are comfortable with their phone and don’t require any additional training to gain access or operate. There have been many enterprises where employees have suffered because of a multi-function phone that worked on every desk. So many employees find it difficult to even pass calls let alone master any other abilities.