Enterprise ‘cloudification’ and EMM security highlights of Strategy Analytics predictions

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Research firm Strategy Analytics has sifted through all the tea leaves and looked through the crystal ball to come up with mobility predictions for the coming year, with ‘cloudification’ of the enterprise and integration between enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile security tools the standout picks.

The company, in its latest report (registration required), gives six trends in total. The first is around the convergence of mobile and end user computing (EUC) and saying ‘unified workspaces are the future’; an issue which was covered when Sumit Dhawan, the new EUC general manager of VMware, recently spoke to this publication, describing the coming year as that of “platform acceleration.”

Security was also considered. “Business mobile attacks and vulnerabilities are increasing – [the] trend of adding mobile security tools on top of EMM is rising”, Strategy notes. This is something about which Nick McQuire, VP enterprise at CCS Insight, is also concerned. “A year ago I think there were bigger problems, and companies were having bigger challenges out there,” he said. “It’s been a significant shift towards security, and we’re going to see more of that next year.”

Other predictions focused on more esoteric areas. Strategy predicts machine learning will become ‘the norm’ this year, with M&A activity for big data and AI going up with it, while the company also predicts the ‘cloudification’ of the enterprise. The research firm also predicts increased experimentation with emerging technologies in business environments – again covered in chapter and verse by this publication – as well as greater complexity in mobile applications.

“The enterprise mobility ecosystem is being reshaped by digital transformation. The maturity of mobility has led to dramatic business innovation and the ‘unified digital workplace’ is one of the key trends in the enterprise mobility space in 2017,” said Gina Luk, senior analyst of mobile workforce strategies at Strategy Analytics and author of the report. “Mobility professionals must merge their processes into overall IT planning and operations to create the foundation of the digital workplace.”

Andrew Brown, Strategy executive director of enterprise research, added: “In general, enterprises can expect mobile solutions to become more integrated and robust in 2017, as mobile computing becomes the norm and in many ways supplants traditional client/server and PC/desktop computing models of the past.

“Real business success, or failure, will hinge on how enterprise IT teams proceed with mobile technology in 2017.”

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