According to TEKsystems’ 2014 Annual IT Forecast, the top five trends and technologies that will have the biggest impact on the surveyed organizations are:
1. Business Intelligence/Big Data Business Intelligence/Big Data continues to be the number one trend. Neil Chandler, research director at Gartner, predicted back in 2011 that Business Intelligence and analytics would become more of a decision tool for end users and less an IT report-based capability. And, as predicted, end users simply want to access enterprise BI data so they can more effectively work with customers and suppliers, regardless of the device used (BYOD).
The challenge – and opportunity – will be to support multiple devices, safeguard sensitive data, and ensure that everything works together with as few glitches as possible.
As consumers, employees will focus on devices that they believe offer reliability and performance. If companies subsidize the purchase of the devices, employees will likely buy top-of-the-line models.
In our report Enterprise BYOD Challenges and Next Generation Over-the-Top (OTT) Solutions Mind Commerce addresses the challenges of BYOD and Business Intelligence, particularly examining the security issues involved with file sharing, developing collaboration practices, and protecting against intrusion threats and viruses while maintaining productivity, reporting, accountability and bottom line results.
2. Security The security issue moves up in rank from 2013. There is an increasingly rapid proliferation of mobile devices entering the workplace as employees procure more and more devices and connect them to corporate services – whether they are in compliance or have the enterprise’s permission.
A recent Gartner CIO survey estimates that by 2016 80% of employees will be eligible to use their own equipment with employee data on board.
How will companies create a peaceful, secure and productive mobile environment in the new era of BYOD?
In October, LG Electronics announced the release of “LG GATE,” an enterprise-grade technologies package that simplifies access to and enhances the security of mobile enterprise solutions. This solution allows employees to conveniently utilize work resources from any location, and enables companies to better manage IT security and privacy.
Mobile Device Management (MDM): Infrastructure and Services 2014 – 2019 reviews the underlying technology supporting MDM solutions and how to meet the demands of the fast-growing “bring your own device (BYOD) to the workplace” market.
3. Mobile 62 percent of IT leaders expect spending for mobile solutions to increase in 2014. Organizations will have to satisfy the increasing demand from clients and employees to interact with programs and applications through the mobile device of their choosing.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) vs. Corporate Owned-Personally Enabled (COPE) Strategy for Enterprise Mobility outlines a hybrid strategy for the BYOD phenomenon. Having identified that 77% of BYOD organizations suffer from sensitive data loss, Mind Commerce research finds that many business consider COPE an optimal strategy.
4. Cloud Computing With cloud computing as one of the hottest segments in information technology today, the challenge for IT teams will be to implement protocols to protect against the problems BYOD causes, but still take full advantage of cloud computing.
Beyond Cloud Computing: Mobile Communications, Applications, Content, and Commerce in the Cloud is a must-read for anyone looking beyond computing alone, offering information on new revenue opportunities in Cloud-based services. We have evaluated companies, solutions, opportunities and the future market for Cloud-based communications, applications, content, and commerce.
5. Virtualization Cisco’s survey BYOD and Virtualization: Top 10 Insights from Cisco IBSG Horizons Study notes “that BYOD is merely the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to gaining the full benefits of mobility.” In this survey, 70 percent of IT leaders recognized that half or more of their organization’s employees could benefit from desktop virtualization.
Survey respondents stated that the top four job roles being targeted for desktop virtualization are (1) field-/customer-facing employees, (2) employees who handle sensitive company data, (3) employees who work from home frequently, and (4) executives.
Enterprise BYOD Challenges and Next Generation Over-the-Top (OTT) Solutions looks at, among other things, virtualization and device management and Web Virtualization Engine (WVE) Architecture. The challenge to business enterprise organizations is to assess BYOD policies to ensure they meet security, productivity and profit requirements without becoming too burdensome on administration or their workforce.
The top challenges of 2014 identified by the organizations are to increase growth and profitability, reduce costs and manage the workforce. These tasks require careful planning and strategy. Mind Commerce provides the research and analysis you need to make informed decisions while remaining on the leading curve.
By: Brenda Spandrio, Marketing Manager