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Blog > April 2019 > Time to Build Your Mobile Workspace Strategy

Time to Build Your Mobile Workspace Strategy

Today’s businesses increasingly need to be connected to their employees, customers and marketplaces 24/7. Users want access to their data wherever they are and on whichever device they may be using. With that, it is no surprise that the mobile workspace is pivotal in digital transformation. But its deployment must be well thought-out to succeed.

A mobile workspace is a portable working environment that gives business users access to the content they need to do their job—on both corporate and personal devices, including PCs, smartphones and tablets. This environment is enabled by mobile workspace technology, which describes a set of software and services that deliver corporate apps, files and services to a user on any device and over any network. This includes application virtualization, enterprise mobility management, file sharing, virtual private networks and more. The mobile workspace brings with it many benefits, including greater flexibility, collaboration and productivity, but preparing employees for digital workspace success is vital.

businesswoman-contemporary-electronics-908282.jpgThe Future is Mobile—Get Moving!
Employees no longer view mobile as a unique way of working—it is now an integral part of their digital workspace. For employers, it is also a central part of digital transformation as enterprises look to prove that they are more agile and accessible in highly-competitive markets. With this shift, the necessity for business apps and devices is only set to increase. The worldwide mobile workforce will grow from 1.45 billion in 2016 (38 percent of the global workforce) to 1.87 billion in 2022 (42 percent), according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics.

Mobile use will become routine as customers, partners and employees demand mobile solutions to interact with and manage workflows. Mobile apps make this collaboration far easier, ensuring that everyone can see the status of projects, wherever they are. In fact, Gartner forecasts that by 2022, 70 percent of all software interactions in the enterprise will be on mobile devices, further reflecting growth in “mobile-first” development. This trend will result in enterprises expanding their use of mobile development tools and establishing dedicated DevOps teams.

At the same time, we are seeing enterprises move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to mobile devices and towards personalization. Users are choosing their own devices and demanding the same user experience that they get on consumer-friendly devices. IT departments will need to be prepared to support a wider range of devices as enterprises transform.

Mapping a Mobility Strategy
Worldwide mobility spending is set to hit a colossal $1.5 trillion this year, according to IDC. This trend shows no sign of stopping, with sales of mobile hardware, software and services expected to reach $1.7 trillion in 2020. Enabled by this technology, business will continue to move beyond the four office walls, and organizations will need to understand what employees need—and how to deliver.

An enterprise’s mobile strategy must provide a seamless and consistent experience across its entire infrastructure. Mobility does not come without risk. Robust IT governance needs to be put in place to cover data collection, sharing and storage. Mobile workspaces, by their very nature, often require extra layers of security. Finally, employees will need training and support on their new tools and will need to be fully briefed on security and compliance to make the strategy work.

Mobility isn’t just about the device. It is about completely transforming the way users access information and carry out processes. Creating a mobile workspace is a challenge, but enterprises that take time to plan a solid mobile strategy will see increased productivity, innovation and user satisfaction—enabling them to accelerate transformation in an ever-changing digital landscape.

To learn how you can empower employees with a secure, flexible mobile workspace, check out our Content Services and Workspaces solutions.
Posted: 4/8/2019 8:30:00 AM by Brendan English
Filed under :content, digital, management, mobile, mobility, Mobius, services, workspace