How is Mobility Affecting Enterprises in the APAC Region?
As enterprises continuously strive to improve efficiency, and technology is adopted heavily by consumers, the Enterprise Mobility market will continue to grow, and grow well. As this is happening there are three key trends that I feel are impacting the market in Asia at the moment.
Firstly - the advancements in technology: Advanced mobile devices and applications, development in the field of mobility, better wireless technologies. These are all contributing to the growth of Enterprise Mobility. Wearable computing devices and the Internet of Things are also examples of innovative technologies which are beginning to emerge.
Secondly - convergence. There are a number of elements which come nicely together, to make an almost perfect combination. Namely, better vendor capabilities in terms of application development and building faster networks; the convergence of mobile, cloud computing, and fixed computing; and better in-house application development. These are driving change and creating new opportunities for businesses.
Finally, a trend, and an increasing requirement, is that all application development will need to take into account mobility. Almost everything that is developed now will have a need to be accessed on the move, from anywhere and from any device.
Conversely, there are quite a few technologies which are emerging as potential game-changers at the moment, as touched upon earlier.
The next impactful technology will be wearable devices, such as the use of Google Glass by surgeons, smart watches in the workplace and various sensors on one's person. These allow information to be delivered in radical ways, and allow for many new products in a variety of industries, thereby redefining the way businesses operate and reach the market.
New Wi-Fi standards will result in faster networks, with a larger coverage, that will enable new opportunities and better performance required by new applications. Many organisations will have to rethink their infrastructure as a result of this.
Location sensing will transmit someone's location to within a few meters, and even precise indoor location sensing will allow organisations to deliver targeted personalised services, advertising and information.
Then there's the Internet of Things, which connects smart objects like appliances, medical and sports equipment with applications running off smart devices. The opportunities here are almost endless, and will lead to augmented capabilities in areas such as stock monitoring, transport efficiencies and subscription services, for example.
Finally, an all-encapsulating Enterprise Mobility Management tool, which combines ways to manage mobile and security, and to support technologies. This means one strategy to manage mobile devices, applications, and file hosting and sharing globally. Such systems will have a large impact as they will be able to address current gaps, and cater to a variety of needs across different devices running different applications in different locations.
This article was written by Gurjit Gill, Divisional Head of IT, APAC for Vopak.