2014: The Year of the Mobile Device Takeover | Inc.com

Another set of mobility predictions for 2014, this from Bzur Haun, CEO of Visage, a mobility management software firm. Bzur notes:

Employees aren’t just “bringing” their own devices to work–they’re living on them. Literally. Pew research reports that 44 percent of cellphone owners have slept with their devices for fear of missing a call, message, or email. And, according to a recent IBM study, 82 percent of workers believe that their smartphones will play a “critical role” in their productivity going forward. By now, I hope, you’ve settled basic issues such as how these digital appendages are distributed, paid for, and secured throughout your workforce. 2014 will be more about the how and less about the when.

With that intro, Bzur makes some interesting prognostications:

  • The Tablet Gets a Corner Office – This year tablets will infiltrate the workplace. Small businesses already use tablets as cash registers, while field service workers use them for on-site schematics. I see a bigger role for the tablet in 2014, as it becomes an integral workplace tool. Employees will be able to travel without a laptop in tow and run interactive meetings without requiring presenters and presentees to follow along on a computer. Move over PC: according to IDC research, tablets are set to outsell PCs by year’s end.
  • Work Apps Outpace Consumer Apps – Consumer apps have dominated the mobile marketplace–until now. Next year business-friendly applications will make significant inroads into the workplace. Think time management, expense reporting, or internal content sharing. Many companies are already making their own customized applications, while most are investing in outside apps to boost productivity and help remote workers stay connected. Expect enterprise apps to be commonplace in 2014.
  • Mobile Devices Become the Communication Tools of Choice – New mobile technologies will continue to bring workplace communication to new levels. Consider how wearable devices can connect teams or the Double Robot enables remote workers to “walk around” the office. In the coming year we’ll see mobile-only chat threads take off as workers discover that, yes, meetings can be short, all-inclusive, and email-resistant. Bonus points for creativity here: make the influx of mobile devices in your office a blessing, not a curse.

And there’s more. You can read the full article here: 2014: The Year of the Mobile Device Takeover | Inc.com.