In the 1960’s, the term ‘high tech’ meant something a lot different to what it does today. Previous generations carried their work in a leather briefcase, had secretaries do all their typing, and computers lived in top-secret research labs. Flip phones existed only on Star Trek.
Those of previous generations never imagined – or more accurately, could only imagine – the connected world we live in today, the phenomenon of mobility let alone all the acronyms we’ve become accustomed to EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). And you know what? We’re no different. We’re just as likely to blindsided by the future, which will be accompanied no doubt by the drumming of jaws hitting the floor.
Meanwhile, we’re preoccupied by the incremental future of everyday life, such as the evolution of mobility in the workforce. The briefcase is now a slick slab of metal and glass that fits in your pocket. Ubiquitous (the nexus of business and personal communication) and inextricable.
BYOD is here to stay, and the option to use one device for business and personal communication and productivity, family photos and white board screen shots, games and spreadsheets, is expected by today’s mobile workforce. And corporate IT is left to deal with the issues and risks BYOD presents to the enterprise.
With the rapid growth and complexity of the problem, it’s no wonder that enterprises are outsourcing mobility management to vendors who offer mobile device management, service, and security solutions that can scale quickly and cost effectively. By some estimates, the BYOD and enterprise mobility market will reach $266.17 billion by 2019, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 25%.
To companies not prepared, that’s a scary future. But for those who aren’t afraid to “go where no one has gone before,” it has a silver lining. Outsourcing offers the opportunity to integrate mobility management with telecom expense management and gain control over mobile expenses, usage, compliance as well as security in one fell swoop. And gain unprecedented visibility into the enterprise telecom environment.
That’s a future we would all welcome.