Trends of the Times: Enterprise Mobility

By now, enterprise mobility is a familiar concept to most. Over the last several years, it has absolutely exploded— and for good reason! In an interconnected world, our mobile devices are always with us. Organizations are starting to realize that they’re not only convenient, but also provide an element of flexibility that employees love.

Enterprises, large and small, are rapidly embracing all aspects of mobile within the workplace. So much so, that the number of devices managed in the enterprise went up 72% in just one year! That number is only increasing as more and more companies are getting used to the idea of utilizing smartphones and tablets as a professional asset.

One of the largest factors that is driving this trend, is the practice of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), where employees work off of their their personal devices.

  • In fact, according to a study by Forbes, 49% of employees think they’re more productive when using their own device because they’re more comfortable operating their own.
  • Additionally, Staffbase reports that 78% of employees believe that using a single mobile device helps them manage their professional and personal lives. Having access to the information they need at all times allows employees to immediately respond to emails or work on a project while doing something like waiting for their car to be serviced.

Of course, enterprise mobility requires employees to have enterprise-specific apps. As more organizations create apps for their employees, the amount of time spent working away from the office (both working during one’s downtime and remotely) has increased.

  • A report from Digital Strategy Consulting indicates that around 60% of employees use apps for work-related activity.

  • The same report points out that about 9 out of 10 app users say that apps for work have changed their behavior as a professional.

With this, however, comes a need for these apps to be designed specifically for mobile devices. Those who are creating these enterprise apps need to take into account that employees want their information in a way that fits the device they’re working from. Enterprises that offer apps intended for mobile devices to their employees foster a more productive environment by allowing workers to access vital information on their own time.

Through this rapid mobility growth, we’ve seen the very nature of how we work start to shift. Does your organization allow employees to work from their mobile devices? Where do you think mobility will go? Comment below and tell us your thoughts!