MOBILE-FIRST SOLUTIONS DRIVEN BY THE GROWTH OF IOT (EC)

Mobile-first solutions are starting to dominate the enterprise sector. This is according to Cassie Lessing, CEO, Strato IT Group, developers of mobile business applications. Lessing says that more businesses are realising that a mobile-first business – in which employees rely on their mobile devices to conduct business - is better set for long-term success. Globally, enterprise mobility strategies, which focus on mobile device use for business purposes, are already a top priority as most seek to better engage with customers and create a more efficient workforce.

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It is of significance that companies adopt this platform of mobile first solutions as it helps them to interact with their clients providing a better way for communication, improvement and productivity. However, in order companies to use this platform they have to reach a certain stage of business maturity. According to Yankee Group there are levels of maturity which includes:

  • Opportunistic: Companies that are still deploying mobility solutions to meet specific use limited architecture extendibility, supporting those deployments.

  • Strategic: These are more forward-looking companies deploying mobile applications to address larger subsets of workers, featuring more sophisticated functionality. They use a definite roadmap along with a more policy-driven approach for delivering their pre-defined business outcomes.

  • Mobile-First: There are just a few companies that have reached this stage of enterprise mobile maturity. Mobility, at this stage, is integrated into the whole organization in order to re-envision business processes and transform business processes, driving innovation in a unified way.

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Sitting behind this innovation and growth is the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT). The total number of IoT devices is predicted to surpass mobile phones worldwide by the end of 2018, making it the largest group of connected devices. Exacerbating this phenomenon is that by 2021, there will be 7.7 billion mobile broadband subscriptions, 9 billion mobile subscriptions, and 6.3 billion Smartphone subscriptions. “This makes mobile-first an inevitable enterprise strategy within the next five years,” says Lessing.

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