January 23, 2017

3 Mobile Enterprise Services to Consider in 2017 (And 1 to Avoid)

Easier, easier, easier—that’s what technology promises our lives to become year after year. Fortunately, it delivers on its promises steadily and dutifully. Simple smart showers or complex computer algorithms, it seems technology has every part of our life covered. Even when it doesn’t, new advancements soon spring up to make up for the blunder, providing another solution. Businesses always have to wait longer than regular consumers (for all the right reasons), but usually they end up getting better and more reliable solutions. From IoT sensors to voice control, here’s what enterprises can expect in 2017 (and one thing they better not rely on anymore).

Implementation of Sensory Technology into Enterprise Software

When we here about the Internet of Things (IoT) what usually springs to mind is a set of technologies that are distinctly graspable and associated with everyday activities: wearables like fitness wristbands and smartwatches, smarthome devices like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, and other tech developments. In the enterprise, though, the use of IoT is less visible, because it is mostly based on small sensors. They gather information and help streamline a lot of processes that otherwise take an enormous amount of time to handle. One of the prominent examples is the left turn loathing UPS, which uses sensors to gauge mileage, ideal speed, and general engine health. The result is reduced environmental impact and costs — who says you can’t wear two hats at once?  

Microservices in Enterprise Software Landscape

For good or bad, the history of deploying enterprise software is full of failure. Hershey, Nike, and Waste Management all lost around $100 million back in the day. These events took place more than ten years ago, when a five-year enterprise software cycle was a go. Today, no one would plan that far into the future. Here, microservices development comes into play, both into enterprise software and enterprise mobile application development. Enterprises no longer need big software that is slow and resistant to change. Microservice development allows companies to update any part of the grand enterprise software separately from its other components; this allows for high adaptability, greater efficiency, and lower costs.

Voice control — the long-awaited enterprise mobile service

How long it has been since Apple announced Siri? And how many times Android users pronounced “Ok Google” since its introduction? In both cases, the number will lead to another question. When is voice control finally going to enter the enterprise software environment? According to Loretta Jones from Insightly (CRM system provider), voice control would be a part of CRMs in 2017 as they become increasingly intelligent and automated. Salespeople would spend more time on clients and less time on monotonous activities. That extends to field work, too, as more and more enterprises become mobile and their employees are equipped with either an iOS or Android device. Concurrently, AI will contribute to voice recognition, making it even more useful both in the corporate environment and in the field. This makes voice recognition the dark horse of 2017 trends in enterprise mobility.

Enterprise mobility solution to avoid in 2017

It is apparent that a lot of companies want to treat their employees well, because everybody wins from this approach. That is why a lot of enterprises choose Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy as the cornerstone of their mobile strategy. But implementing this policy means taking serious risks. Employees may get to use their personal daily drivers in the workplace, but this infringes work-life balance, damaging productivity. Moreover, this leads to security threats, as it is fairly common for every person to lose their device, or for it to get stolen. Thus, enterprise mobility, enterprise cloud services, and mobility of corporate data are all under digital fire.