I recently wrote an article for CMSWire discussing the latest trends in enterprise mobility and what to look out for in 2015.
Mobility has been a hot topic in the enterprise space for nearly two decades. However, times have certainly changed since the world was dominated by Blackberry and Palm. The enterprise mobility space is now a robust, highly specialized, and rapidly responsive environment where even Microsoft allows users to edit Office files on third-party mobile applications. Why? User experience, integration, and productivity rule the market, and for IT administrators, understanding the trends that drive this ever-changing marketplace is crucial.
- Control of Highly Sensitive Content: Organizations have started to realize that not every piece of content needs to have the utmost security controls applied to it. As such, solutions are beginning to forgo the mandate of content security and focus on the concept of content control.
- EFSS Solutions Deeply Integrated with ECM: The enterprise file sync and share market has blossomed quickly, now with more than 100 vendors competing for their share of the market. One of the biggest differentiators is integration with enterprise content management (ECM) systems like SharePoint, Office 365, EMC, SAP, and OpenText.
- Hybrid Solutions: Although there is plenty of marketing buzz around mobile and cloud exclusively shaping the future of business, hybrid solutions – combining on-premises and cloud investments – are gaining popularity in the IT field.
- Content Security and the “Dropbox Problem”: Locking down everything no longer makes sense, and often causes employees to overstep these administrative boundaries and use unmanaged, consumer-based solutions to increase productivity.
- Stand-Alone Solutions: As the Mobile Device Management (MDM), Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS), and ECM markets continue to converge, stand-alone solutions in any of these spaces may soon find themselves targets for acquisition or elimination.
- Cloud-Only Solutions: With storage no longer a differentiator and numerous options to connect on-premises content to the cloud, cloud-only solutions must now find new ways to stand out amongst the pack.
- BYOD: Bring Your Own Device policies are still relevant for organizations, but many have already adopted solutions – or at least policies outlining the dos and don’ts.
To read more about the enterprise mobility trends for 2015, please visit CMSWire.
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