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10 Predictions for Enterprise Mobility in 2015

Posted by Yorgen Edholm

Mobility Predictions

It’s December—time for looking back at the year just finished. 2014 was a big year for us at Accellion. We introduced our kiteworks platform and saw our secure mobile solutions adopted by leading enterprises in markets as diverse as healthcare, finance, retail, law, government, and education.

Of course, December is also an excellent time for looking ahead and making predictions. From our conversations with customers, analysts, and other IT experts, we’ve put together a list of 10 predictions for 2015 in four areas of IT all related to enterprise-scale mobility: mobile computing, cloud services, wearable technology, and security.

We’re going to split this list into two parts. Here’s Part I.

Mobile Computing

In 2015, enterprises will place more emphasis on meeting the needs of mobile users; in fact, we predict that 2015 will be the year of the enterprise mobile application.

The IBM/Apple partnership and HP’s push into the mobility market illustrate just how large this market can be. So far the apps created for enterprise use have mostly been a mobile skin on existing desktop solutions. In 2015, enterprises will be looking to develop new, native applications that take true advantage of the form factor of mobile devices and other unique mobile features to create streamlined business processes and anywhere, anytime solutions. Simply put, 2015 will see the transition from “computing while mobile” to “mobile computing.”

Predictions

  1. Enterprises will focus more than ever before on mobile apps, which will no longer be just desktop apps “ported” to a tiny screen. Designs will become truly “mobile-first.” Mobile will no longer connote “lite.” Mobile apps will do a better job of meeting and even exceeding the expectations of mobile users.
  2. As part of re-thinking mobile apps, enterprises will begin re-designing workflow processes to take advantage of worker mobility and mobile apps. Studies have repeatedly shown that while workers have been mobilized, business workflows have not.
  3. Because these new apps will make mobile users more productive, adoption of mobile technology will continue to accelerate. More users will be mobile, and mobile users will do most of their computing on mobile devices.

Cloud Services

2015 will begin the downward spiral of the public cloud hype cycle. We’re heading for the trough already. If you want to get a sense of what’s behind this disaffection, just look at all the security breaches that have occurred recently – the most prominent public cloud companies who have promised more security are still having issues keeping customer data secure. Hype over the dominance of the public cloud will reach bottom as enterprises realize that they may need some combination of public and private cloud solutions in order to control and secure their data effectively.

We’ve seen this change of attitude with GE. Despite claims by some groups that the company will go ‘all in’ on the public cloud, the security teams have stated that certain compliance or infrastructure issues mean that certain data will still remain "private" and reside behind the firewall.

Surveys, like this one from the Enterprise Strategy Group, show that enterprises are coming to strongly prefer private-cloud and hybrid-cloud options, especially for critical services like content storage.

Predictions

  1. Enterprises will move more of their services to private cloud and hybrid cloud configurations.
  2. Because private clouds require internal teams to manage cloud deployments, cloud solutions will be increasingly evaluated for manageability, scalability, and flexibility. These are qualities that IT purchasers did not have to scrutinize back when they were buying solutions from public-cloud providers who promised to tackle these challenges and manage operations “behind the scenes.” Private-cloud solutions will give IT organizations full control over operations and finally reveal the strengths and weaknesses of various cloud architectures and product decisions.

We’ll post Part II in a few days.