Understanding IoT’s Role In Enterprise Mobility

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 11/08/2017
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The role of enterprise mobility is growing, as businesses use deployed devices to streamline workflows, apps to create more efficiencies, and messaging to more quickly communicate. As is the case with all technologies, enterprise mobility is taking on a new variation – whether IT administrators are ready or not.

In comes the Internet of Things, more commonly referred to as IoT, and an impending intersection with enterprise mobility. The two can’t work on silos – they’re inherently connected – but their intersection needs to be understood and managed in short order.

IoT applications and services now are moving from cautious, limited volume trials and pilot projects into mainstream, mass-market deployments. The next set of challenges will revolve around rolling out solutions at scale.

So when a company finally feels it’s figured out the enterprise mobility space, it’s time to shift its focus to properly launching IoT and its related products in conjunction with already deployed products. Quite frankly, there can’t be one without the other.

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Enterprises need to take a multi-layered approach when it comes to tackling the IoT ecosystem.

Much like enterprise mobility, IoT’s successful launch will rely on assorted solutions – products that can aid with connection, endpoints, gateways, software, and even data center capacity and management. The ecosystem in which IoT will truly function can be seen as a subset of mobility, but also as the new umbrella that hovers over mobility.

In a recent survey fielded by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, just 12% of IT executives said IoT was among the top three priorities they were addressing in 2017. However, in that same survey, 48% of those executives said they were strategizing how to best address a connected enterprise. Another 20% claimed they had already begun initiatives that would enable a fully connected enterprise.

See related: IoT: Enterprise Mobility’s Billion Dollar Buzzword

It was announced recently that Dell EMC was making the biggest IoT bet to date, committing $1 billion over three years for research and development to “create hardware and software that helps manage billions of everyday devices connected to the web.”

Dell isn’t alone, of course. It’s become one of many vendors to now see enterprise mobility as a fully integrated business process and moved on to the next big thing – IoT.

Earlier this year endpoint security giant MobileIron announced the launch of its own IoT-specific branch, focusing on securing all the connected “things” beginning to flood the enterprise mobility space.

See related: IoT Division Launched by MobileIron

Organizations that deploy IoT services now are more aware of what they can do with a connected product, which is removing many of the early start-up hurdles and challenges. As IoT technologies and standards continue to mature, and the vendor experience pool gets wider and deeper, service launch expertise will become more widely available, making IoT easier to navigate.

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Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt