One of the basic tenants of enterprise mobility is its direct influence on “now”.

When organizations implement mobile policies like BYOD and virtualized desktops, day-to-day operations can immediately improve. In most cases, the rate of return on seeing change is direct. However, the impact of enterprise mobility is not short-lived.sixsteps

Recently, we counted down the “Six Essential Steps for Unleashing the Power of Enterprise Mobility.”  Throughout the series, we provided a guide for enterprises to follow to implement broader mobility. We discussed how businesses could benefit now by untethering their global workforce and increasing productivity. The series highlighted a tactical approach to mobility, yet we would be amiss not to discuss the long-term transformational impact mobility can have on businesses. How can mobility be a catalyst for organizational growth and innovation?

Last week, I read an IT Web article by Johannesburg-based Lebo Mashiloane that discussed how BYOD and mobility are fueling enterprise growth. The article brought up a concept that is always important to keep top-of-mind: How today’s technology solutions are changing the landscape of tomorrow.

Werner Lindemann, managing director of technology solutions at South Africa’s Datacentrix, who was quoted in the IT Web article, offers this key insight:

“New market opportunities are driven by client needs, and with the rapid access to mobility, 90% of IT industry growth will be driven by mobile devices and apps, which today represent just 22% of ICT spending.”

This growth is also driving how innovate. We are already beginning to see the transformative benefit of BYOD leading employee-driven innovation. By allowing employees to decide how, when, and with which tools work is done, companies are unlocking the next wave of value.

It’s difficult to quantify exactly how enterprise mobility is shaping our future, but we can get a good idea based on adoption trends of current technology. BYOD is just one of the many use cases for an organization embarking on an enterprise mobility journey. A mobile workspace with collaborative applications and desktop virtualization solutions for the workforce is the next step in the journey. And as the Internet of Everything (IoE) gets more pervasive, the mobility strategy will encompass things, sensors, machines apart from just your smartphones and end user mobile devices. By implementing today’s current solutions, we are helping mobility travel beyond the boardroom to ultimately change the way we work, live and play. It’s a future sure to be filled with new opportunities and organizational growth.

Just in case you missed it, check out our recent blog series or review Cisco’s whitepaper, “Six Essential Steps for Unleashing the Power of Enterprise Mobility,” that offers additional tips to consider when applying your own enterprise mobility strategy.


Prashanth Shenoy

Vice President of Marketing

Enterprise Networking and Mobility