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Updates on the mobility segment of UC

Enterprise mobility has been a focal point of unified communications strategies for several years running, and it appears as though firms are still struggling to get their management frameworks in order for BYOD and other approaches to the trend. This is not all that surprising, as mobility is a highly complex and relatively novel aspect of corporate collaboration, as well as one that continues to evolve quickly alongside the innovations taking place in device manufacturing and application development.

Still, it is not a component that can be overlooked should a business hope to optimize user experiences and engagement both within the workplace and in remote locations. Mobility also presents some weighty risks involving data breaches and continuity of information control, as endpoints are diversifying and user behaviors appear to change relatively rapidly today.

As such, research is showing that companies are beginning to invest more in the solutions necessary to properly manage the entirety of their enterprise mobility needs, which bodes well for security, user experiences and more. Without mobile device and application management software in place, BYOD and other relevant strategies will be far more difficult to integrate into UC frameworks and nearly impossible to control autonomously.

Major growth

Technavio recently released its latest report on the enterprise mobility management solution market and predicted that this industry will experience a compound annual growth rate of 35 percent between this year and 2019. Although many studies have found that there has been a lack of adoption thus far, this is still a relatively prolific rise in investment, all things considered, and will hopefully yield significant performance improvements within security and management processes.

"Enterprise mobility solutions help internal marketing by providing instant communication services between departments," Technavio Vice President Faisal Ghaus affirmed. "Moreover, these solutions help executives connect with their offices and keep track of the work on a real-time basis, thereby saving the time and cost spent in traveling."

The analysts pointed out that smaller firms are likely to drive the growth of demand for these solutions in the coming years, which makes sense given the much lower rates of adoption among these companies thus far compared to their larger counterparts. Additionally, virtually all organizations will need to focus on upgrades and overhauls in the near future given the constant evolution of devices and software that will certainly persist for years to come.

"With more Internet-enabled wireless gadgets such as personal digital assistants, smartphones and tablets, mobility solutions have been adopted by SMEs as a growing trend, which is expected to fuel market growth," Ghaus added.

When business leaders take a more proactive and aggressive approach to ironing out their enterprise mobility and UC capabilities, these transformations in corporate IT and consumer technologies will be a bit less disruptive. Those who lag in this regard, though, will face plenty of risks and disruptions in the near future.

Increased diversification

BCC Research recently predicted that investments in enterprise mobility at large - not just the aforementioned management solutions - will double between 2015 and the end of the decade. According to the report, the market was valued at roughly $86 billion globally last year, will see solid growth in 2015 to reach $99.5 billion, and then will continue on a torrid path through the next five years to hit $201.6 billion in 2020.

Business owners should focus on planning out their track toward optimal mobility in the short- and long-term as soon as possible, working with their unified communications service providers to ensure the programs are sound.

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